Donald Trump
October 11, 2017

Trump unsettles allies by picking fights with Republicans

Wisdom was an elusive quality in the Oval Office on Tuesday as President Trump questioned the brains of his secretary of state and the Senate’s top Republican on foreign policy, while allies questioned his wisdom in picking those fights.

Mr. Trump renewed his feud with Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, saying the Tennessee Republican was “made to sound a fool” in a newspaper interview in which the lawmaker warned that the president is putting the U.S. “on a path to World War III.”

“We were on the wrong path before,” Mr. Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “If you look over the last 25 years through numerous administrations, we were on a path to a very big problem — a problem like this world has never seen. We’re on the right path right now, believe me.”

He was referring primarily to North Korea, a belligerent nuclear power whose missile tests will be the focus of talks next month when Mr. Trump travels to China and South Korea. But the president also blames Mr. Corker and others in Congress for the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, an agreement that Mr. Trump plans to decertify this week.

Mr. Trump’s feud with yet another senior Republican lawmaker raises concerns that he is imperiling his tax reform plan, which he needs Mr. Corker and others in his party to approve.