Speaking more broadly about the president in an interview on "CBS This Morning," Corker told anchor Charlie Rose that "it appears to be the governing model of this White House to purposefully divide." Trump's response to a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, that there had been "very fine people on both sides," was evidence that the president and his team are interested in consolidating their base of support, not in trying to "bring out the better angels of those people in our country."
"I’ve gotten to know the president in a very unique way over the course of the last year. And I guess, like all Americans, I would have hoped he would rise to the occasion and bring out the best in our nation," Corker said. "That has not happened and I’m beginning to believe it’s not going to happen."
Corker then went even further during interview CNN, saying Trump will most be remembered for "the debasement of our nation."
"At the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth telling, just the name calling, the things - I think the debasement of our nation will be what he'll be remembered most for, and that's regretful," Corker said. Asked if he regretted supporting Trump during last year's election, Corker said, "Let's just put it this way: I would not do that again."
Corker said on Tuesday morning that he tried being helpful to Trump - w/little to show.
"Many of us, me included, have, u know, tried to, u know I've intervened, I have had private dinners, u know, been w/him on multiple occasions to try to create some kind of aspirational approach, if you will, to the way that he conducts himself, but I don't think that that's possible - He's obviously NOT going to rise to the occasion as president."
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