Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) lashed out at CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview Tuesday after the CNN host asked Corker a series of questions about his decision to switch his vote on the GOP tax bill from “no” to “yes.”
The questions were in reference to a report over the weekend that noted a last-minute provision added to the tax bill would potentially benefit owners of income-producing real estate, including Corker and President Trump.
Critics accused the Tennessee Republican of switching his support based on the addition of the provision that stands to benefit him.
“I know I am being maligned,” Corker told Blitzer on Tuesday. “It’s just malicious.”
“Look, I know you’re having a great time with this interview, and I’m happy for you in doing so,” Corker said. “But, look, Wolf, I’ve said what I’ve said. And I’m doing what I’m doing.”
“I don’t appreciate, you know, the front end of this interview,” Corker continued. “You and I had a conversation about this yesterday on the phone, and you know that all of these things are totally malicious. They’re not true, and you know that, and people in the press that are responsible know that. I’m disappointed that you chose this opportunity to do what you did.”
“I thank you for letting me respond,” he said. “I know you had a good time with this interview. Is there anything else that you would like from me to talk with you about?”
Blitzer fired back at Corker, saying he was “not having fun.”
“This is not fun. These are critically important issues. You’re a United States senator, Mr. Chairman, you have an enormous responsibility,” Blitzer said.
“These tax cuts are going to go forward. They may be great, they may not be great, but it’s your responsibility as a U.S. senator to answer these kinds of questions, and it’s certainly not something I’m doing because I want to have fun,” the CNN host continued. “I’m doing it because I’m a reporter, I’m a journalist and I’m asking you questions that are legitimate, fair questions, sir.”
— CNN (@CNN) December 19, 2017
CNN commentator David Axelrod said in a Tweet shortly after the interview that he has “rarely seen a legislator look as uncomfortable as Bob Corker just did.”
I’ve rarely seen a legislator look as uncomfortable & testy as @BobCorker just did after being pressed by @wolfblitzer on Corker’s switch on tax bill. “I know you’re having a great time with this interview and I’m happy for you,” said Corker, not looking the least bit happy.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) December 19, 2017