Securing Tomorrow with David Ignatius and Sen. Bob Corker
On Wednesday, July 26, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) spoke one-on-one with columnist David Ignatius at The Washington Post. Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed the committee’s efforts to expand sanctions against Russia and Iran, the status of the Iranian nuclear deal, President Trump’s proposed State Department budget and the U.S. response to other foreign policy flare ups around the globe.
This event is part of the ongoing Securing Tomorrow series featuring Ignatius in conversation with leaders in national security, intelligence and defense about what’s at stake for the world.
Program Recap
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Wednesday defended two top cabinet officials and the special counsel tasked with investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election after statements by President Trump and reports have raised questions about their job security.
  • Jul 26
Program Highlights
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says that any move by the Trump administration to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be a “major mistake” and a “major miscalculation.”
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Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says he views Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson as "a patriot,” noting however, that there is a "dissonance" between President Trump and Tillerson.
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The Washington Post's David Ignatius asked Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) to respond to President Trump's July 26 tweets indicating he would re-impose a ban transgender individuals from serving in the military. "I don't really respond to a daily basis to tweets that are coming out," Corker said. "We'll look into it fully."
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Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says he does not “get any sense” that President Trump is taking steps to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions, but acknowledged that “the president is making it difficult” for him.
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Weighing in on Congressional negotiation on health care legislation, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) says that “big social policy should take place in a bipartisan manner,” but acknowledged that there will “likely not” be meaningful cooperation between Republicans and Democrats on the issue.
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Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) responds to President Trump’s description that the investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election as a “witch hunt.” Corker says that there is "no doubt" about Russian meddling.
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Sen Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) describes the process of crafting Russia sanctions legislation, which now also includes sanctions on Iran and North Korea. Corker calls the bill an "excellent piece of legislation."
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Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said he has advised President Trump not to scrap the Iran Nuclear Deal, and instead “radically enforce it” with the support of other U.S. allies.
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Sen. Bob Corker
Senator, Tennessee
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) who is serving in his second term in the Senate, is the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a member of the Senate Banking and Budget Committees. Corker is part of a group of senators who recently reached a deal to expand sanctions against Russia and Iran.
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David Ignatius
David Ignatius is a Columnist for The Washington Post. He writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column and contributes to the PostPartisan blog.
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