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On Corker, Trump and Alabama’s Moore-Strange runoff

The Washington Post has a quote attributed to Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker when he urged President Donald Trump to campaign in Alabama for Sen. Luther Strange in a Republican primary runoff election set for Tuesday:

“You’ve got to go,” the Tennessee Republican told Trump, according to people briefed on the exchange. “We need you there.”

That’s part of a story on how Washington Republican leaders persuaded Trump to campaign in Alabama, despite the president’s misgivings.

And here’s an excerpt from a Roll Call article this week:

When Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker asked President Donald Trump to campaign for Alabama Sen. Luther Strange ahead of next week’s Senate Republican runoff, he might have had a little self-preservation in mind.

A win by Roy Moore, the controversial former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, would throw a wrench into the deliberative body in which the moderate Tennessee Republican serves. But a Moore victory could also embolden primary challengers to other sitting senators, like Corker.

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Trump picks 4 nominees to TVA board (1 from TN)

The White House announced today that President Donald Trump will nominate four men to fill vacancies on the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors – one each from the states of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Trump reported backing Corker’s reelection

Media reports on Monday suggest that President Donald Trump, despite his much-publicized disputes with Sen. Bob Corker, is encouraging the Tennessean to seek another term in office. Corker, of course, says he’s undecided about whether to run for reelection.

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Trump following Corker’s advice in Alabama campaign?

Excerpt from a Politico report on President Donald Trump’s decision to campaign in Alabama for Sen. Luther Strange, who may be an underdog to controversial former judge Roy Moore in an upcoming special Republican primary runoff election for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions:

Trump’s unexpected move sets the stage for a showdown between the president and his recently departed chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who is all-in for Moore. Bannon has cast the Alabama race as an important clash between grass-roots conservatives and the Washington establishment — and a test for whether other incumbent senators can be successfully challenged by insurgents in 2018.

… Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who is up for reelection in 2018 and faces the prospect of a primary challenge, spoke extensively with Trump on Friday. According to two people familiar with the conversation, Corker told Trump that Strange’s fate hinged on the president going to bat for him.

… The save-Strange campaign comes at a time of growing concern in the GOP that lawmakers up for reelection in 2018 will face treacherous primary fights that divert party resources from unseating Democrats. Bannon has described the Alabama race as the initial front in a midterm war aimed at undermining McConnell.

A Moore win, Bannon has argued, could open the floodgates for conservative insurgents in states like Arizona, Nevada and Tennessee. The addition of truculent conservatives backed by Bannon to the Senate could also make it more difficult for McConnell to corral his conference.

 

Corker-Trump peace talk deemed ‘very productive’

President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker met for more than an hour at the White House on Friday for what the senator’s office described as a “very productive discussion” that covered a broad range of topics, reports Michael Collins.

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Trump nominates U.S. Marshal for East TN

David G. Jolley, who once was U.S. Marshal for West Tennessee, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to become U.S. Marshall for East Tennessee.

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Corker possible target of Bannon anti-incumbent campaign

President Donald Trump’s closest allies are planning a slate of primary challenges against Republican senators, reports Politico, and Tennessee U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is one of the potential targets.

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Trump calls Haslam for 10-minute hurricane talk

President Donald Trump called the governors of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee on Sunday to assure them of federal support from the impact of Hurricane Irma, according to multiple media outlets.

From WATE and the AP on his conversation with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam:

“The president did call the governor early this morning and they talked for about ten minutes, mostly about hurricane preparations and the state of Hurricane Irma. He called to stress the federal government’s willingness to help in any way it can when the storm reaches Tennessee,” said Governor Haslam’s Press Secretary, Jennifer Donnals.

The American Red Cross has opened five shelters in Tennessee ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma.

Trump names Tennessean USDA general counsel

President Donald Trump has formally nominated West Tennessee native Stephen Vaden as general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He’s held the position, which is subject to Senate confirmation, on an acting basis since March and was part of Trump’s “beachhead team” at USDA before that.

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Corker says Trump tweet hasn’t hurt his support in TN

Sen. Bob Corker, who has yet to confirm that he will run for a third term next year, told reporters after a speech in Hendersonville Tuesday that he hasn’t felt a lot of blowback from a recent President Trump tweet declaring “Tennessee not happy!” the senator’s criticism of the president, reports the Associated Press.

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