Corker slams GOP colleagues, says they're too afraid to 'poke the bear'

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The Republican Party is devolving, at an accelerating speed, into a cult of Donald Trump, with increasingly comic manifestations. Add Republican Party as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Republican Party news, video, and analysis from ABC News. 'Gosh, we might poke the bear, ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways... "We might poke the bear. We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms, '" said Corker, referring to Sen.

Corker offered the amendment in response to Trump's recent decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imports, even from USA allies, arguing they are needed for national security. The bill, which has 13 co-sponsors, would require the president to receive Congressional approval before restricting trade on the grounds of national security.

The Oklahoma Republican said he did not like when Senators try to put amendments like Corker's in must-pass legislation.

Corker dismissed those objections as he went on a tear against his Republican colleagues. As the floor manager, Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) objected.

In recent days, Republican leaders have opposed the measure, citing their concerns over tying the president's hand in negotiating a better trade deal.

"We swear an allegiance to the Constitution and we pledge allegiance to the flag and what was weird about this race that I've never experienced before in any race I've been a part of was an allegiance question where people say, 'Are you for or against the president?'" Sanford said.

"The United States Senate, right now, on June 12, is becoming a body where, well, we'll do what we can do, but my gosh, if the president gets upset with us, then we might not be in the majority", Corker said.

"If we as a country begin claiming that every single item is a national security issue, what that means is that other countries will do the same", Corker said on the Senate floor. Many in the GOP, traditionally the party of free trade, opposed the tariffs, and some said Trump abused his authority in invoking national security to issue them - especially after the president declared over Twitter that they were actually a response to Canada's tariffs on dairy. "I can't believe it", Corker thundered from the floor. A lot of them would vote for it if it came to vote, but no. "The president of the United States'".

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