This week, one of my senators from Tennessee, Bob Corker, on CBS This Morning:
“I don’t know him. I’ve never met him. Reince [Priebus] just happened to be someone who I’ve had a number of interactions with and had dinner with,” the Tennessee Republican said in an interview on “CBS This Morning” when asked why he only praised Priebus’s appointment as chief-of-staff.
Bannon is considered a leader of the alt-right movement and has been denounced by civil rights groups as someone who promotes white nationalism, racism and anti-Semitism.
“The other gentleman I just never met,” Corker said, adding that he had just listened to a CBS News report about Bannon in which he said he learned some things he didn’t know about him.
Asked about the U.S.-Russia relationship under Trump’s administration, Corker said it’s helpful when leaders of two countries “begin on a positive note.”
He said while there are some things the U.S. can collaborate on with Russia, like terrorism, “[Russian President Vladimir] Putin has shown himself to be a brutal dictator-like leader, and let’s face it, has worked against our national interests.”
“Mr. Putin, himself, will have to change the way he deals with the world in order for that to be a constructive relationship,” he said.
On Bannon, not good enough.
On Putin, happy to hear you know something about him and that, at least on this point, you agree that we shouldn’t ignore the reality of the people with whom our government aligns itself.