WASHINGTON â€”Â President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,Â met for more than an hour at the White House on Friday for what the senatorâ€™s office described as a â€œvery productive discussionâ€ that covered a broad range of topics.
â€œSen. Corker and President Trump had a very productive one-on-one discussion before key members of the White House staff joined them to talk through a number of domestic and foreign policy issues,â€ the senatorâ€™s office said in a statement.
â€œThe conversations were wide ranging and extremely constructive,â€ the statement said. â€œIn all, they were together for well over an hour.â€
The White House also called the meeting productive and said Trump and Corker discussed â€œa wide range of shared legislative priorities for the fall session.â€
â€œTopics included foreign policy and tax reform,â€ the White House said in a statement. â€œThe administration looks forward to continued partnership with Sen. Corker and other members of Congress in order to ensure a productive fall legislative session.”
The Oval Office meeting was the first one-on-one between Trump and Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, since they publicly traded punches earlier this summer.
The spat started in August when Corker, shortly after Trumpâ€™s much-criticized response to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., told reporters that Trump had not yet shown the stability nor some of the competence needed to become successful.
A week later, Trump fired back at Corker on Twitter, calling Corkerâ€™s statement strange â€œconsidering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18.â€
â€œTennessee not happy!â€ Trump exclaimed.
Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18. Tennessee not happy!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2017
Corker says his relationship with Trump wasnâ€™t harmed by the exchange, which he described as nothing more than two blunt men speaking their minds.