The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's chairman Sen. Bob Corker shook his head and appeared stunned Tuesday when he was shown President Donald Trump's tweets taking sides in a diplomatic fight in the Middle East.
Asked for his reaction to Trump taking credit for a number of Middle East countries cutting ties with Qatar — a U.S. ally — over its state sponsorship of terrorism, the Tennessee Republican said he hadn't seen the posts, The Hill reported.
Corker was then shown the tweets — and can be seen shaking his head in a video posted by Jennifer Bendery of HuffPost.
Told by a reporter that Trump accused Qatar of being a state sponsor of terrorism, Corker responded, "The president?" The Hill reported.
Reporters responded yes, and a few seconds later, Corker followed up: "When did that occur?"
Told that it happened Tuesday morning, Corker said nothing for an even longer period, The Hill reported, and then said: "I, um, I want to go back and see specifically what he has said."
"Our position generally as a nation has been that these things ebb and flow and they come up from time to time, but we work with all of the countries," he said.
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