President Donald Trump took aim at Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee for saying the president does not have the "competence" to lead the country,
"Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18. Tennessee not happy!" Trump wrote over Twitter Aug. 25, according to Fox News.
The tweet is in response to comments made by Corker, which were in response to Trump's statements on the white nationalist protest Charlottesville, Virginia; Trump said that "both sides" were responsible for the violence that killed one counterprotester and two police officers.
"The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful -- and our nation and our world needs for him to be successful, whether you are Republican or Democrat," said Corker during a Rotary Club meeting in his district Aug. 17. "He also recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation."
Corker echoed those sentiments in a statement to reporters, in which he said that the president "has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today."
Corker has had a fluctuating relationship with the president in the past, both praising and rebuking him throughout Trump's campaign and time in the White House, the Tennessean reports.
During the 2016 presidential election, Corker worked as a foreign policy adviser to Trump, and is currently the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Corker was also on the shortlist to be picked as Trump's presidential running mate as well as his secretary of state.
The Tennessee senator also lauded the president's first international trip overseas, saying that he could not be more pleased.
But, Corker quickly managed to get himself out of Trump's good graces, publicly condemning him on issues like Russia. In May, he said the White House was "in a downward spiral" following the news that Trump leaked classified information to Russian officials.
It's still unclear whether Corker will run for a third Senate term in 2018. The senator's spokesperson did not respond to a request to comment.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked about Corker's comments Aug. 24, the day before Trump's tweet bashing the senator.
"I think that’s a ridiculous and outrageous claim and doesn’t dignify a response from this podium," she said.