April 18th, 2014
05:14 PM ET
5 months ago

Sen. Corker calls for lethal aid to Ukrainian military

(CNN) – The leading Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today called for the Obama administration to provide lethal weapons to the Ukrainian military and stop "holding their coat."

"It's time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry," Corker said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."


Filed under: Bob Corker • The Lead
Republicans call on Obama to act on Ukraine
March 1st, 2014
04:40 PM ET
7 months ago

Republicans call on Obama to act on Ukraine

Washington (CNN) - As the Ukrainian military readied for a possible widespread Russian incursion into its Crimea region, Republican lawmakers urged President Barack Obama to take action to prevent the situation from descending into chaos.

In a statement released Saturday, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said he is "deeply concerned" Russia's presence in Ukraine could expand if the President does not outline consequences for President Vladimir Putin's regime.


Filed under: Bob Corker • Buck Mckeon • House Republicans • John McCain • Tom Cotton • Ukraine
October 15th, 2013
09:51 AM ET
11 months ago

Corker: 'We've spent all this time on a rabbit trail'

(CNN) - As the Senate veers on the edge of a deal to end the partial government shutdown, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, said lawmakers have made progress but criticized his own party for having "wasted two months" trying change the health care law using must-pass spending legislation.

"To be candid, it's an embarrassment to me that we have spent all this time on a rabbit trail, leading us to where we are," he said on CNN's "New Day."

September 26th, 2013
06:57 PM ET
12 months ago

Conservative clash: Cruz vs Corker

Washington (CNN) – The intraparty war of words between Senate Republicans was on full view on Thursday.

Two tea party-backed senators clashed with a more mainstream conservative over whether to hold final votes either Thursday night or Friday on Obamacare and a controversial spending bill.

Filed under: Bob Corker • Senate • Ted Cruz
Corker skeptical of Kerry-Lavrov agreement
September 14th, 2013
02:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Corker skeptical of Kerry-Lavrov agreement

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after lambasting President Obama's handling of the Syria situation, now says the proposed solution to the crisis remains "very much an open question."

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, weighed in on the agreement brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday morning, questioning how enforceable the proposed plan is and whether it signals a diplomatic retreat for the United States.


Filed under: Bob Corker • John Kerry • Obama administration • President Obama • Russia • Syria
Carney hits back at Corker's criticism
September 12th, 2013
03:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Carney hits back at Corker's criticism

(CNN) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Thursday defended President Barack Obama after Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican ally for the president, questioned in a CNN interview the president's ability to be commander in chief.

"I think that the American people, at least in my assessment, appreciate a commander in chief who takes in new information and doesn't celebrate decisiveness for the sake of decisiveness," Carney said in the daily press briefing.

Filed under: Bob Corker • Jay Carney • President Obama • Syria
September 11th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Sen. Corker slams Obama on credibility

Washington (CNN) – Sen. Bob Corker, one of the few Senate Republicans who’s been eager to work with the White House on domestic and international issues like Syria, expressed utter disappointment in the president’s handling of Syria and, in unusually frank terms, questioned his abilities as commander in chief.

“The president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander in chief of this nation,” an exasperated Corker said Wednesday in an interview on Capitol Hill.

Filed under: Bob Corker • President Obama
Key U.S. lawmakers: Expect strike in Syria
August 25th, 2013
10:51 AM ET
1 year ago

Key U.S. lawmakers: Expect strike in Syria

Updated at 11:48 a.m. ET on 8/25

Washington (CNN) – Two key members of congressional foreign affairs panels say they expect the United States to strike Syria following reports of chemical weapons attacks in that country last week, though other lawmakers interviewed Sunday cautioned that unilateral action would be misguided.

"I think we will respond in a surgical way and I hope the president, as soon as we get back to Washington, will ask for authorization from Congress to do something in a very surgical and proportional way. Something that gets their attention, that causes them to understand that we are not going to put up with that kind of activity," Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday."

Filed under: Bob Corker • Syria
Syrian civil war in photos
May 15th, 2013
01:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Bipartisan pull pushes weapons for Syrian rebels

(CNN) - Washington's battle over whether the United States should get involved in Syria's civil war took a new turn on Wednesday as the two top senators on the Foreign Relations Committee called for arming rebels and announced that the panel would take up their proposal next week.

Sen. Robert Menendez, the committee's Democratic chairman, and Sen. Bob Corker, the panel's top Republican, introduced legislation to provide lethal weaponry and training "to vetted Syrian groups" fighting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, they announced in a statement.

Filed under: Bob Corker • Bob Menendez • Syria
Chambliss shoots hole-in-one during Obama outreach round
May 6th, 2013
06:35 PM ET
1 year ago

Chambliss shoots hole-in-one during Obama outreach round

Washington (CNN) - In another attempt at bipartisan outreach, President Barack Obama joined three of the best golfers in the United States Senate for a bipartisan round of golf on Monday.

The foursome included Colorado Democrat Mark Udall and Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, who were ranked as the top two golfers in Congress by Golf Digest as part of its 2011 list of Washington's Top 150 Golfers. At the time, both Udall and Corker had a handicap around two.

Filed under: Bob Corker • Mark Udall • President Obama • Saxby Chambliss
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