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GOP Congressman Backs Corker's Criticism Of Trump

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A Republican congressman has backed Republican Sen. Bob Corker's criticisms of President Donald Trump and urged fellow members of the House to speak out more.

GOP Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania expressed his concerns with the Trump administration in an Oct. 10 interview on MSNBC.

Dent referred to Trump's comments about North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un.

"When you're the president of the United States, your words are policy," Dent stated, according to Talking Points Memo. "People take those words very seriously, and I don't think the president has learned that yet. The president, I believe, has to be much more measured in his rhetoric, but good luck with that."

Corker told The New York Times on Oct. 8 that Trump is putting the U.S. on a "path to world war III," and described the White House as an "adult day care center."

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"We've had a lot of these 'the emperor has no clothes' moments and I'm glad that Sen. Corker has brought voice to this," added Dent. "We are concerned. My colleagues, my Republican colleagues in the House, I know, and Senate, are concerned by much of the dysfunction and disorder and chaos at the White House."

Dent, like Corker, is not running for re-election in 2018.

"We have these conversations all the time and we have to do better and I think more of my colleagues should speak up," he said. "They say things privately, they don't say publicly. I said it publicly before I announced I wasn't running."

But according to Trump, it is Republicans in Congress who are the problem. The president has frequently attacked them for being unable to pass important legislative initiatives.

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In August, Trump criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for failing to pass a law to repeal Obamacare.

"Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done, " Trump tweeted on Aug. 10, according to The Washington Post. "Must Repeal & Replace Obamacare!" 

Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, proposed to Republican donors that they "purge" GOP senators and representatives who do not support the Trump administration's agenda.

Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief political adviser, is also planning to put forward candidates to challenge every Republican senator running for re-election in a primary contest. His aim is to ensure Trump's agenda gets adopted.

In a poll conducted by The Post and ABC News released on Sept. 25, 70 percent of respondents said they disapprove of the performance of Republicans in Congress.

Sources: Talking Points Memo, The Washington Post, Langer Research / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons, Usbotschaftberlin/Flickr

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