Sen. Tim Kaine said Tuesday that Sen. Bob Corker is not alone in questioning President Trump’s fitness for office, even on the Republican side.
“If you look at over the last couple months, Republicans who have pushed back against the president, whether it was over health care or other issues, you see that Bob Corker isn’t by himself,” Mr. Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said on CNN.
“But I will tell you that in the halls of the Senate, the conversations about the president’s judgments, they take place all the time, and they have been for months now,” he added.
Mr. Kaine co-chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Mr. Corker, Tennessee Republican, and said he knows him well.
“He’s a patriotic, reasonable person, and he’s expressing a concern that is shared by an awful lot of members of the Senate, even Republican members,” he said.
But Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, said he doesn’t know where Mr. Corker’s comments are coming from.
“I’m concerned about some of the comments he makes, but also at the same point, I don’t know where this all came from,” he said on CNN. “I thought they got along actually, pretty well.”
Mr. Kinzinger said that he disagreed with Mr. Corker’s assessment of Mr. Trump.
“I don’t agree with Bob Corker that it’s World War III, or there’s three guys that separate the world from chaos,” he added. “I don’t share that level of concern with Mr. Corker.”
Mr. Corker slammed Mr. Trump in a New York Times interview Sunday night after the two got into a heated exchanged on social media. He accused Mr. Trump of treating the office of the presidency like a “reality show” and that his actions toward other nations could put the U.S. “on the path to World War III.”
Mr. Kaine also addressed the sexual harassment situation with ousted Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein was a big donor to Mr. Kaine and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last year, as well as several other Democratic candidates.
“Sexual harassment is unacceptable. I think it’s low-life behavior. Hillary Clinton speaks out against sexual harassment often. I’m sure she’ll have a word to say when the time is right for her. I’m not anybody’s press secretary,” Mr. Kaine said.
When asked if the money should be returned, Mr. Kaine said it was “over” and the money already “spent,” but that the focus should be on calling out such behavior.
Mrs. Clinton issued a statement about Mr. Weinstein’s alleged actions later in the day.
“I was shocked and appalled by the revelations about Harvey Weinstein. The behavior described by women coming forward cannot be tolerated. Their courage and the support of others is critical in helping to stop this kind of behavior,” she said in a statement to CNN through her spokesman Nick Merrill.