Sen. Bob Corker took his earlier comments on being disappointed with President Barack Obama's address to the American people on Syria one step further Wednesday afternoon, bluntly describing the president as being "very uncomfortable being commander in chief" and as "a diminished figure on Capitol Hill."
Corker, who made himself a Republican ally with the Obama administration's calls for a U.S. strike in Syria, made his comments to CNN reporter Dana Bash. The senator and former Chattanooga mayor said the president's handling of the American response after the alleged use of chemical weapons last month by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had resulted in a loss of U.S. credibility in the region.
"The president just seems to be very uncomfortable being commander in chief of this nation," Corker said.
The senator was questioned on his comment by Bash, who reminded the senator he was one of a few Republicans who had shown repeated willingness to work with the president on controversial issues like Syria, immigration and deficit reduction. Last week, Corker co-wrote and introduced a resolution to grant Obama authority to strike Syria.
Still, Corker defended his frame of thought.
"[Obama] is very good in an interpersonal setting—he just cannot follow through," Corker said. "He cannot speak to the nation as commander in chief. He cannot speak to the world as commander in chief. He just cannot do it, and I don't know what it is."
At one point in the interview, Corker said he "probably shouldn't be saying" the comments he made. Still, the senator relayed quotes from the interview in a series of tweets to his Twitter account and posted a replay of the interview between him and Bash to YouTube.
In the interview, Corker added that he sent an email to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to express frustration after repeatedly meeting with Obama and administration officials to discuss Syria.
"My temperature level's up slightly today," he said.
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