As Trump Escalates Feud With Corker, Bannon Targets Rest Of Senate GOP

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s Twitter tirades against a prominent member of his own party Tuesday, but experts say the infighting could endanger Republicans’ lagging legislative agenda.

“I don’t think he’s alienating anyone,” Sanders said at a press briefing. “I think that Congress has alienated themselves by not actually getting the job done that the people elected them to do.”

She also echoed President Trump’s criticism of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell cautioned that Corker’s decision to take his concerns about the president public hinders Republicans’ ability to advance tax reform and other key agenda items, and in the long run, it could even cost them their slim Senate majority.

“I think Sen. Corker’s decision to go all ‘Bulworth’ on President Trump was highly irresponsible…,” O’Connell said. “I don’t think that Corker hurt Trump in any way. All Corker did is put his Senate GOP colleagues in a tough spot with the media.”

The mending of that relationship points to a basic political truth that may mitigate the damage of the Corker feud: on most issues, Trump and congressional Republicans want the same things and they have to work together to get them.

“Whether you like Trump or not, it’s not like you’re going to get any of this done with the other side in power,” O’Connell said.

For Bannon, success in several key races could usher in a new generation of Trump-inspired Republican leaders, but experts say that potential reward comes with enormous risks.

“If Bannon doesn’t do this properly, everyone’s going to go home a loser,” O’Connell said. “You conceivably could have two Democrat senators in Arizona. How does that better serve the party?”

Read more from Stephen Loiaconi at WJLA

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