McMinnville’s public radio station carried the news about US Senator Bob Corker’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal—more than two years before the current feud between President Trump and the Tennessee Republican.
Trump last weekend unleased a twitter storm accusing Corker of being one of the chief architects and cheerleaders for the multinational settlement, formally known at the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The United States was joined by Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany in negotiating the pact that, among other actions, lifted economic sanctions on Iran in return for international monitoring of that nation’s nuclear research program and a halt to its development of nuclear weapons.
Despite widespread reporting that the president’s complaints against Corker are contradicted by the facts, Trump has not backed up in his verbal assaults on the lawmaker and former Chattanooga mayor, who recently announced he will not seek a third term in the Senate.
Corker meticulously outlined his objections to the JCPOA in an exclusive, half-hour interview on WCPI 91.3 on August 27 2015. The FOCUS conversation with WCPI volunteer producer Bill Zechman also explored Russian aggression on its western border with Europe and and other hostile acts of the former Cold War superpower. Corker chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and is a senior member of the Banking Committee.
Listeners can hear the 2015 interview in a re-broadcast tomorrow, Oct. 16 at 10:05 am and 10:05 pm. Because of the historical and suddenly renewed importance of the Corker interview the repeat airing is being offered in WCPI’s special events series, with public radio underwriting from the Middle Tennessee Dr Pepper Bottling Company.