Corker, who is retiring at the end of his term, has been working for the past week to get a vote on his amendment that would give Congress the power to reign in the president's ability to impost tariffs on national security grounds, such as those on Canadian steel and aluminum which were announced this month.
Corker's legislation, written in response to Trump's recent tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, would have required congressional approval of so-called "Section 232" tariffs, which are issued in the name of protecting national security. Referencing Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, Corker said, "I heard the senator from Texas, the senior senator from Texas, saying the other day, 'Well, gosh, we might upset the president. I can't believe it", Corker thundered from the floor. 'Gosh, we might poke the bear, ' is the language I've been hearing in the hallways If people don't like it, they can vote up or down.
His agitation became clear as he continued his speech on the Senate floor, and he raised his voice to the point of yelling at the other lawmakers.More news: Robbie Williams causes a stir with middle-fingered salute at opening ceremony
Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said he was comfortable disagreeing with the president and that Corker was disappointed about the amendment failing.
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"Americans want to see someone who's actually going to have conviction, not just talk about it with great soundbites and then when it comes game time they sit there and fold", the president's son said.
The senator added that "if people don't like it they can vote up or down".More news: Entire National Forest Closed Due to Fire Danger
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference after his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12, 2018. We might upset the president of the United States before the midterms.
The Oklahoma Republican said he did not like when Senators try to put amendments like Corker's in must-pass legislation.More news: NY attorney general sues Trump Foundation, alleges illegal self-dealing