White House Sends a Message to Corker: "Get Back to Work"

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday left the door open to speak with Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a retiring Republican lawmaker who has openly criticized President Donald Trump in recent weeks.

In an interview Tuesday morning with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Sanders lamented Corkers’ lack of outreach to patch things up with the White House.

“You know, sadly, Senator Corker hasn’t called me, but if he’d like to visit, I’d be happy to talk to him and certainly see if we could get him back on board and do, frankly, what the people of Tennessee elected him to do,” Sanders said. “That’s come here, help do things that protect our country, protect our citizens and do a lot of the things that they campaigned on, whether it’s repeal and replace, tax reform.”

And she offered one bit of advice: “Hopefully, he’ll get out of the name calling and get back to work here pretty soon,” she said.

Corker has gotten calls from Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. But the senator — who has said the president concerns him, warned that the president’s tweets could lead to “World War III,” accused the president of castrating his secretary of state, called the White House an “adult daycare center,” suggested the president lacks stability and competence, and hinted that without his top advisers, Trump would bring chaos to the world — hasn’t heard directly from Trump and doesn’t know when he will.