I am on the distribution for Senator Corker’s e-mail newsletter. This Tuesday, his newsletter included the item below, which I am copying in its entirety, since it is just a short piece out of the longer message.
I thought it was interesting to see Senator Corker react after he had received shabby treatment by the Lamestream Media.
In an interview with host Brian Kilmeade on “Fox & Friends”, Senator Corker pushed back against false reports about why he supported tax reform. Corker is not a member of the tax-writing committee and had no involvement in crafting the legislation. He requested no specific tax provisions throughout the months-long debate and had no knowledge of the pass-through provision in question. Corker said he supported the legislation because our country will be better off with it than without it.
“Has Senator Corker been a victim of the fake news trend just like President Trump that many people thought was just a slogan? Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the [Senate Foreign Relations Committee], and I’d have to say one of the most respected on both sides of the aisle in the Senate chamber. Senator, what is the ‘Corker kickback’?” asked Kilmeade.
“Look, this is a travesty that something like this would be put forth,” said Corker. “The fact is this was a provision that came from the House of Representatives. Brian, I’ve had zero impact on a word of the tax policy. I’ve focused on deficits. The reporter that wrote about this knew I was unaware of the provision. I sat down with [Senate] leadership on Thursday and walked through the differences between the House and Senate bill… and this was not a provision that was even brought up. The reporter calls. He knows I’m unaware of [the provision] and then all of a sudden turns it around as if this had some impact on a decision that I had already made.”
Corker also discussed the call he had with President Trump on Tuesday and said he now understands what the president has been facing in regards to false reporting.
“The president called yesterday. We had a warm conversation about numbers of issues,” continued Corker. “I told him that I 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 – debunked by everybody involved. Orrin Hatch, Kevin Brady, the guys that actually wrote this bill knew I had nothing whatsoever to do with it… All of a sudden, people I respect in the news media – New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post – start printing this as if it’s true [and] a social media phenomenon generates from this. And I’ve never, ever used in my life the words ‘fake news’ until today, but I actually understand what it is the president has been dealing with.”
“Brian, I think it’s difficult for people to understand that when you make a decision on these big, big votes, you’ve got to decide is the country better off with this or not? And you’ve got to make a decision based on all the facts you have. Look, I’ve been very concerned about deficits here in our country. I think people know that. There’s no doubt that over a $43 trillion revenue base over the next ten years there’s the possibility of a $500 billion gap. But at the end of the day, to cause our companies to be competitive around the world, to keep companies from locating in other places, to continue to build on this dynamism that we have here in our nation, I felt like this was the right thing to do,” concluded Corker.
Click here[corker.enews.senate.gov] to learn more about this false report and read what Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) said in defense of Corker.