Sen. Bob Corker stands by his criticisms of President Trump in the wake of the summer's violence in Charlottesville, Va., between white supremacists and protesters.
The Republican from Tennessee told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday he met with the president last month to discuss the comments.
"I said, ‘Mr. President, I stand by what I said,'" Corker said.
Trump remarked at the meeting, "'You called me incompetent,'" Corker recalled.
"I said, ‘Mr. President.' I knew it was coming. (I told him) 'Here's what I said and I stand by those comments.'"
Corker met with Trump on Sept. 15 meeting where he spent five minutes discussing his statement about the president after the incident in August in Virginia. Corker, along with other Republicans, criticized Trump's comments after the violence that he said showed a lack of competence to lead the country.
Trump had blamed violence on "many sides" after a white supremacist ran his car deliberately into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing one and injuring many.
"What I said is he has not yet demonstrated some of the competence and some of the stability," Corker remarked. "It might've been in reverse, but not yet demonstrated, and that we need for him to be successful."
"I mean, the country needs for him to be, the world needs for him to be successful. Look, I stand by those comments."