Sen. Bob Corker (R, Tn), who has battled publicly with President Trump said Thursday that he’s more in agreement with the president’s fight against “fake news” after the media hyped reports about a “Corker kickback” in the tax reform bill.
“I told him that I’d had a healthy respect for the media. I deal with them all the time and, you know, to attack the media has not been something I’ve done. But I had a newfound empathy for him in watching how a totally debunked story” can take on a life of its own Corker told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” recalling a recent conversation with the president.
“The guys that actually wrote this bill knew I had nothing whatsoever to do with it. But then you have this reporter who says this. All of a sudden people that I respect in the news media, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, people start printing this as if it’s true,” Corker added “A social media phenomenon generates from this and I’ve never ever used in my life the word ‘fake news’ until today. I actually understand what it is the president has been dealing with.”
Corker initially voted against the tax reform bill, but voted in favor of the GOP plan after changes were made during reconciliation between the House and Senate bills.
“Look, this is a travesty that something like this will be put forth. Look, the fact is this was a provision that came from the House of Representatives,” Corker said. “I’ve had zero impact on a word of the tax policy. I focused on deficits. The reporter that wrote about this knew I was unaware of the provision.”