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Greg Nash

Overall, Grassley, first elected to the Iowa Statehouse in 1958, during the Eisenhower administration, deflected a question on the overall tenor and style of the Trump White House.

The feud came to a head when Corker defended Rex Tillerson, an ally of his, after NBC News reported that the secretary of state had called Trump a "moron" and was on the verge of resigning back in July. There is always a dialogue.

But it's also not clear that Trump's improvisational style is the path for long-term success.

In fairness, Trump has always had the upper hand in this relationship.

The ad, part of a nationwide marketing campaign to build support for President Donald Trump's tax-cut plan, belies the true sponsors of the message: large corporate interests, including Dow Chemical, Goldman Sachs, and Microsoft. Trump is unable to keep from meddling in things that everyone would be better off if he hadn't - including him. They've seen this cycle play out for decades and it nearly always ends the same way. Tillerson, whom Trump is said to sometimes deride as "Mr. Exxon", never would have become chief executive of one of the biggest corporations in the world if he had valued blind loyalty over principled expertise in his subordinates. John Cornyn was the state's attorney general. However, when the administration rescinded an Obama-era rule created to close the wage gap in early September, Trump actually offered her support, saying "the proposed policy would not yield the intended results".

That's a awful arrangement for everyone involved.

You were an anti-terrorism practitioner before going to Congress - an assistant U.S. Attorney in Texas' Western District, a federal prosecutor, and a deputy Texas Attorney General when U.S. Sen.

A transcript of the conversation and tweets from the Times reporter who interviewed Corker show Trump's claims lack evidence.

Trump gave Corker, a two-term Republican from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a derogatory new nickname - "Liddle Bob" - after the two exchanged barbs in recent days. Do they not have the responsibility to safeguard our democracy, not merely hope Kelly stays around to coax Trump away from danger? But catering to those core voters who revel in the chaos also risks blowing up a fragile political coalition. Most lawmakers represent safe districts and states and only have to worry about tempting primary challengers.

There was a sense, in his encounters with the media and his tweets, that Trump was running free, relishing the chance to make everyone dance to his tune, signaling that he would run his presidency exactly as he likes. It's no coincidence that the most strident criticisms of Trump are now coming from a GOP senator who recently announced his retirement.

During today's White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was grilled on Trump's repetitive false claims about taxes by One America's Trey Yingst. Indeed, many might wonder what a White House without Ivanka Trump would look like - and whether her absence would have any veritable implications for the administration.

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