Corker says Trump ‘continues to be discouraging’

Politico reports “a palpable mix of despair and resignation has permeated the Senate Republican Conference” in Washington because of Donald Trump — and quotes Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, mentioned as a prospective vice presidential nominee, in the article.

Trump’s insinuation that President Barack Obama may be sympathetic to Islamic State terrorists was the final straw for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“I’m not going to be commenting on the presidential candidates today,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday, an abrupt reversal after several weeks of weighing in on Trump’s performance, particularly the ways he believed the candidate needed to improve.

McConnell’s No. 2, Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, declared he is done talking about Trump until after the election — nearly five months away.

“Wish me luck,” he said.

…Then there was Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, an oft-mentioned potential vice presidential pick for Trump. The chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who met with the presumptive nominee at Trump Tower in New York last month, seemed almost dejected as he was pressed Tuesday about how Trump has handled the aftermath of the mass shooting Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

“I don’t know that I really have a lot to say,” the usually voluble Corker said twice. He eventually noted that he has offered advice to the businessman at key times but said he has been “discouraged by the results,” panning Trump’s high-profile foreign policy speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Monday.

“It wasn’t the type [of address] that one would expect a person who is wanting to lead the greatest nation in the world to make,” Corker added. “Fifty people have perished, and [53] more have been harmed.” Trump “continues to be discouraging.”