On Monday, the New York Times released audio recording from an interview with Republican Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) on Monday, expressing his concerns with the erratic president. Trump responded with a furious Tweet claiming the New York Times set up Sen. Corker by recording his conversation. It quickly backfired.
“The Failing @nytimes set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation,” Trump tweeted Tuesday. “Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!”
Within minutes, New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin fired back at the president’s claim that Corker was surreptitiously recorded.
“Corker had 2 aides on line, also recording, and they made sure after it ended that I was taping, too,” Martin tweeted.
Corker had 2 aides on line, also recording, and they made sure after it ended that I was taping, too.
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) October 10, 2017
Trump, who has been feuding with Corker after Corker questioned his fitness to be president, had used the Times recording to argue that Corker was “made to sound like a fool.”
In the transcript of The Times’ interview, Corker says the conversation was on the record.
“I understand we’re on the record. I don’t like normally talking to you on the record — I’m kidding you — but I will,” Corker says, according to a transcript of the interview on The Times.
Trump has escalated his feud with Corker in recent days.
Over the weekend, Trump said Corker had begged him for his endorsement, but Trump had declined the request.
Corker shot back, calling the White House an adult day care center.
In the interview with the Times, Corker said Trump’s threat to other countries could put the U.S. “on the path to World War III.”