Corker, Alexander to attend Trump rally despite recent criticism

Republican Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker are attending Donald Trump’s rally and a fundraiser in Nashville despite critical comments made last week about the president’s trade policies.

Trump last week called for an investigation into whether imports of cars, trucks, and automotive parts pose a threat to national security. Needless to say, Corker and Alexander were not impressed.

CORKER: “This appears to be either an attempt to affect domestic politics ahead of the election or for some other transactional purpose regarding ongoing trade discussions. This is a dangerous course and should be abandoned immediately.”

ALEXANDER: “Tariffs on the imports of cars and auto parts will not put our workers first by making it more expensive to build and sell cars here. They will destroy the thriving automotive industry that has been built by thousands of skilled Tennessee workers.”

But both senators’ offices confirmed to The Tennessee Journal that they will be attending the Trump rally at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and the fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood).

Corker returned home to Tennessee after a Saturday evening event at the White House to celebrate the release of a Utah man and his family held in Venezuela. Corker had traveled to that country earlier in the week to negotiate the release. Alexander also won’t be flying in on Air Force One because he is already in Tennessee.




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