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White House staff nervously watch their boss who seems to be in over his head….

We ALL KNOW that Donald J. Trump IS having problems with being President of the United States…

He has little idea of what the office of the Presidency entails….

He only seems to care about being the center of attention and how he can be the winner in all things….

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Vanity Fair does its piece on the situation that Trump’s staff,  the people of the county , Congress and the rest of the world are going thru with a New York Real Estate and Entertainment guy, who shouldn’t have won last November’s election , but did…..

One former official even speculated that Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have discussed what they would do in the event Trump ordered a nuclear first strike. “Would they tackle him?” the person said. Even Trump’s most loyal backers are sowing public doubts. This morning, The Washington Post quoted longtime Trump friend Tom Barrack saying he has been “shocked” and “stunned” by Trump’s behavior.

While Kelly can’t control Trump’s tweets, he is doing his best to physically sequester the president—much to Trump’s frustration. One major G.O.P. donor told me access to Trump has been cut off, and his outside calls to the White House switchboard aren’t put through to the Oval Office. Earlier this week, I reported on Kelly’s plans to prevent Trump from mingling with guests at Mar-a-Lago later this month. And, according to two sources, Keith Schiller quit last month after Kelly told Schiller he needed permission to speak to the president and wanted written reports of their conversations.

Even before Corker’s remarks, some West Wing advisers were worried that Trump’s behavior could cause the Cabinet to take extraordinary Constitutional measures to remove him from office. Several months ago, according to two sources with knowledge of the conversation, former chief strategist Steve Bannon told Trump that the risk to his presidency wasn’t impeachment, but the 25th Amendment—the provision by which a majority of the Cabinet can vote to remove the president. When Bannon mentioned the 25th Amendment, Trump said, “What’s that?” According to a source, Bannon has told people he thinks Trump has only a 30 percent chance of making it the full term….

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Allies see signs that Trump is frustrated with Kelly and increasingly unwilling to be managed, even just a little. The person close to the White House said the two men had engaged in “shouting matches” in recent days. (Hannity declined to comment about his role in advising the president on immigration policy.)

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Corker for President…New York Daily News….

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Sunday evening, after the senator and President traded insults on Twitter, Corker said he feared Trump’s impulsiveness on the world stage might put the planet “on the path to World War III.”

He could have been referring to any of a few dozen mercurial outbursts, but likely the trigger was a Saturday tweet in which Trump asserted that “only one thing will work” to rein in North Korea — a statement that could only be read as a direct threat to strike Pyongyang militarily.

“Every single day at the White House,” Corker said, “it’s a situation of trying to contain him.”

Corker punctuated this by telling the Times that “except for a few people, the vast majority of our caucus” — meaning, of the Senate’s 52 Republicans — “understands what we’re dealing with here.”

The GOP has long purported to stand for calm and principled leadership on the world stage. If it has any hope of continuing to offer itself as a steady hand on the tiller, more Republicans must follow Corker — rhetorically and, ultimately, electorally…..

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Bob Corker is Right about Donald Trump……So is Rex Tillerson…

Corker has compared the Trump Admin to ‘adult daycare center’…..

Tillerson called his boss a ‘fucking moron’…….

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On John King’s show this morning all of the guest reporters, who  talk to congressional lawmakers everyday, admitted that the comments above are shared up on the Hill by virtually everybody….

Their only solace is the James Mattis is the Sec of Defense and John Kelly is the Chief-of-Staff….

A dominant news story last week was the controversy over whether Secretary of State Rex Tillerson actually called President Trump a “moron.” But even if he didn’t, there’s now an increasing volume of people who have worked closely with Trump offering similarly dim depictions of him — and doing so publicly.

The most recent came Sunday, when Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) fought back against Trump’s criticisms of him by tweeting that the White House has turned into an “adult day-care center.”

Before that tweet, Corker had told reporters last week that Tillerson, White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis were there to “help separate our country from chaos.” He expanded upon those comments in a New York Times interview later Sunday, saying he worried Trump’s frequent threatening of other countries could set us on a path to Word War III. “I know for a fact that every single day at the White House, it’s a situation of trying to contain him,” Corker said….

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Trump was closer to Corker  [chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee] than any GOP senator.

“There is no senator — no Republican senator — who President Trump talks to more than Bob Corker,” Alexander said in late August. “I know that for a fact.”

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The political bottom line….

“Do most senators have their doubts about the president?” asked John Feehery, a longtime Republican congressional aide now working as a lobbyist in Washington. “That’s probably true, but also largely irrelevant. He’s the president, and they have to find ways to get stuff done with him. Otherwise, they face the wrath of the voters — something Bob Corker no longer worries about.”….

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Tenn. GOP Senator calls his party leader Trump’s Admin…’a adult daycare center’…

Tennessee GOP Senator Robert Corker isn’t extending his time in office anymore ….He’s retiring….

So he now feels free to express his feelings about the Trump White House….(I guess this could be ANOTHER vote added  against anything that Trump wants from the Senate….NOT a good look for the guy)

Of course, that drew the big guys attention and tweeter comments followed as usual…(Where was John Kelly, eh?)

Senator Bob Corker called the White House an “adult day care center” after President Donald Trump called his fellow Republican a coward for not seeking a third term.

Trump lit up the Tennessee lawmaker in a series of tweets on Sunday, saying Corker had “begged” him for an endorsement before deciding to retire from the Senate. The attack followed days after Corker noted “chaos” in Trump’s White House.

“Senator Bob Corker ‘begged’ me to endorse him for re-election in Tennessee,” Trump said Sunday in a series of Twitter posts. “I said ‘NO’ and he dropped out (said he could not win without my endorsement).”

Bob Corker….Photographer: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Trump told his Twitter followers that Corker “Didn’t have the guts to run!” Corker “wanted to be Secretary of State, I said ‘NO THANKS,”’ Trump added.

Corker tweeted back, writing, “It’s a shame the White House has become an adult day care center. Someone obviously missed their shift this morning.”

The senator has 126,000 followers on Twitter to Trump’s 40 million. Yet in about an hour, Corker’s message had been retweeted more than 27,000 times and “liked” more than 63,000 times….

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Republican Senate Foreign Relations Commmittee head isn’t pro-Putin…

A President Donald Trump will have to get Ok’s on Foreign Affairs thru Senate Foreign Relations Committe chair Sen Bob Corker (R-TN)…..

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And the Senator is already serving notice that he’s NOT happy with Trump’s ‘wrecking ball’ Foreign Policy forays….

He hopes to quietly try to steer the bombastic and ‘shoot for the hip’ Trump….(And assert Congress into the governing picture)

THAT maybe impossible….

And the Democrats, led by Minority Leader Sen Chuck Schumer, would only be so happy to see Corker fail, and to help him work against Trump’s going rogue….

Trump also happens to disagree with Corker and many other Republicans in Congress on a host of the most pressing global issues, from Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the role of NATO to international trade deals whose most ardent backers have up until now been the GOP leaders on Capitol Hill. In effect, he’s a Republican president with a very un-Republican foreign policy, and he’s outlined a set of global shifts that are not only at odds with GOP orthodoxy but often in conflict with each other.

Something, Corker says, has got to give: “The challenge is going to be… so you want to do deals, deals, deals. Or you want to disrupt this and this and this. You’ve got to decide toward what end.”

But Trump is not the only one facing a tough decision.

Not only are the Democrats divided and demoralized by having to figure out how to navigate a world with Trump as president, but the Republican dance is, if anything, more complicated, politically fraught—and personally challenging for senators who virtually every day now are forced to decide whether a White House run by their own party has so offended their core beliefs that they need to speak out in opposition or are better off trying to work behind the scenes to try to influence Trump and his small coterie of insiders.

Republican Senators John McCain and his wingman Lindsey Graham are waging a public war of press releases against what they see as Trump’s dangerous challenge to America’s role in the world. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has so far criticized Trump publicly on a proposed torture executive order, considering lifting sanctions on Russia, his temporary refugee ban, and the apparently botched U.S. special forces raid in Yemen—putting him in a running smackdown with the president on Twitter and cable TV.

But Corker, who has made it his mission as chairman to reinsert Congress in foreign policy decisions from which the Hill has increasingly been cut out in recent decades, is eager to find another course.

“I wish some of the things that were said and tweeted didn’t happen,” he says, and he was quicker than many Hill Republicans to publicly criticize Trump’s “poorly implemented” temporary refugee ban (a statement that drew an angry phone call from the White House within 20 minutes of him issuing it on a Sunday afternoon, Corker says)…..

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