Senator Bob Corker, unleashing one of the most pointed attacks from a Republican official on President Donald Trump, said on Thursday the president had not yet shown the "stability and competence" the United States needs, nor an understanding of the nation's character.
"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful." Sen.
"He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation", Corker said. "He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great", he added.
He covered a variety of topics including foreign affairs, the recent events in Charlottesville and his reaction of President Trump's eight months in office. "I would ask that he takes stock of who he is as president of all the people in our nation and that he condemns those things that are separating us".
"Publicity seeking Lindsey Graham falsely stated that I said there is moral equivalency between the KKK, neo-Nazis & white supremacists and people like Ms. Heyer, " Trump said on Twitter.
During the campaign trail, Corker was a potential Vice President for Donald Trump. But Trump's impulsive and often bombastic style has complicated the relationship for Corker and other congressional Republicans. Corker was the keynote speaker at the Rotary Club meeting luncheon Thursday.
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Calling for "radical changes" in the White House, Sen.
Despite instances of partisan, ideological and racial polarization across the country, Corker urged Trump to try to reconcile differences, rather than inflame heated emotions.
Corker also said that the president needs to reflect on his role in the country and "move beyond himself, move way beyond himself, and move to a place where daily he's waking up thinking about what's best for our nation".
And he praised Flake's Arizona GOP primary foe while saying the senator is "WEAK on borders, crime and a non-factor in Senate. For the sake of our nation - as our president - please fix this".
"I don't think that the president has appropriately spoken to the nation on this issue", he said.
"I'm baffled", said one GOP strategist Tuesday afternoon. "But let's put it in a museum", Corker said of the monuments.