President Donald Trump used his morning tweets to continue his feud with Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Eastern time, Trump fired off a series of tweets about Corker, calling him “liddle Bob Corker,” a “lightweight” and “incompetent.” Trump then tweeted about the stock market and jobs.
Here’s what you need to know:
Trump Sent Five Tweets About Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee
At 8:13 a.m. Eastern time, Trump sent five tweets about Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican from Tennessee who announced earlier this year that he would not run for re-election in 2018. Corker is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts….” Trump tweeted.
“Sen. Corker “is the incompetent head of the Foreign Relations Committee, & look how poorly the U.S. has done. He doesn’t have a clue as…..” Trump tweeted.
“…the entire World WAS laughing and taking advantage of us. People like liddle’ Bob Corker have set the U.S. way back. Now we move forward!” he continued.
These aren’t the first barbs the two have traded in recent weeks.
On Sunday morning, October 8, Trump tweeted that Corker “”didn’t have the guts to run” for re-election because Trump claims he refused to endorse him. Corker responded by calling the White House an “adult daycare center.”
“It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning,” Corker tweeted.
At 8:48 a.m. Eastern time, Corker responded to Trump’s latest tweets, “Same untruths from an utterly untruthful president. #AlertTheDaycareStaff.”
The Twitter exchange comes as Trump is heading to the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday for a Senate Republican policy lunch to try to push his tax cut agenda.
Corker spoke to CNN’s Manu Raju before the lunch on Tuesday and said “the president has great difficulty with the truth.” Watch the full interview here:
After heading to the U.S. Capitol for the Senate lunch meeting, Trump tweeted at 6:20 p.m. saying he got “multiple standing ovations.”
Trump Also Tweeted About the Stock Market and Jobs
After Trump bashed Corker, he sent out a tweet at 10:35 a.m. about the economy. “Stock Market just hit another record high! Jobs looking very good,” Trump tweeted.
The Dow Jones rose to a record-breaking 22,000 on Friday, but many experts say Trump can’t take all the credit for the strong stock market. “There are certain trends that are built in, and it may be that economists underestimated the strength of these trends,” Mark Gertler, a professor of Economics at New York University told Fortune. “There probably was a little overreaction to the uncertainty that would be created by the election.”
Fortune says there are several factors at play besides who is in the White House when it comes to the stock market. Read them here.
House Speaker Paul Ryan Said the American Public Should Ignore Trump’s Tweets
During a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s lunch with Senate Republicans and the president, House Speaker Paul Ryan said getting tax reform passed in Congress is what’s most important, not what Trump is saying on Twitter.
“So all of this stuff you see on a daily basis on Twitter this and Twitter that, forget about it,” Ryan said, according to Business Insider. “Let’s focus on helping people, improving people’s lives, and doing what we said we would do that accomplishes that. That’s what we’re focused on.”
Ryan also defended Sen. Bob Corker.
“At the end of the day — I know Bob well — Bob is going to vote for Tennessee, he’s going to vote for America, he’s going to vote for tax reform because he knows that’s in the best interest of Americans,” Ryan said.
Trump Proclaimed October 24 As United Nations Day
Trump proclaimed October 24, 2017, as United Nations Day. According to the White House proclamation, the day recognizes “the more than seven decades of contributions the United Nations has made to peace and security among nations.”
“On United Nations Day, we also pause to acknowledge the men and women who serve in faraway peacekeeping missions, who provide humanitarian assistance to people in war-torn countries, who endeavor to keep the world safe from weapons of mass destruction, and who protect innocent children. Through their effort and personal sacrifice, they bring hope and relief to countless people in need,” the proclamation said.