President Donald Trump has enjoyed breaking the conventional rules of politics. But his sustained criticisms of fellow Republicans are chafing members of his party, who say the strategy makes little sense and is further endangering his rocky legislative path while alienating his few allies.
“If the goal is to accomplish absolutely nothing and fundamentally destroy the Republican Party from a national perspective, I wouldn’t change a thing,” said Josh Holmes, a former chief of staff and adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Trump’s attacks continued Friday morning on Twitter, where he took on Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee for making critical comments more than a week ago. He seemed to twist the knife by claiming that Corker had repeatedly asked Trump whether he should run for re-election, an assertion others said was dubious. “Tennessee not happy!” Trump said, even though Corker won 65 percent of the vote in his last election.
A Corker spokeswoman declined to comment.
The strategy of attacking senior GOP figures — along with Corker, he has taken on McConnell, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — is one born out of frustration and political calculation, senior White House aides and advisers say.
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