Republican Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is considering shirking reelection in 2018 to retire.
Corker was one of President Trump’s top picks as a running mate early in Trump’s campaign, and he was even considered for Secretary of State.
Corker, 65, currently serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He may soon step down from that position by the time the next election rolls around, as The Daily Caller reports:
“As far as what am I going to do in the future, I’m still contemplating the future,” the senator told CNN. “It’s a tremendous privilege to do what I do, and to weigh in on the big issues. … But I have not decided what I’m going to do in the future.”
[…] The senator is only serving his second term in the Senate, and he is still more than young enough to seek reelection. If he decides not to run again, he would leave his seat on the foreign relations committee open and would give Democrats an opportunity to snag another chair.
The senator reportedly has roughly $7 million in his campaign coffers, and hired Ward Baker, who led the Republican Senate campaign committee in 2016.
This month, Corker expressed his support for President Trump’s cancelation of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
The president is right,” Corker said in a statement, “To want this issue to be resolved legislatively.”
My statement on the Trump administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: pic.twitter.com/1JwSRcevgX
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) September 5, 2017
Corker also supported Trump’s plans for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) August 22, 2017
Sen. Corker does not always support the President’s moves, however. Corker created controversy when he criticized Trump in August for his handling of the violence in Charlottesville.
Corker has yet to receive the endorsement from Trump, who appeared angry at the senator’s comments regarding his treatment of the Charlottesville riots.
“The President has not yet, has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful. And we need for him to be successful. Our nation needs to be successful,” Corker said in late August.
The president responded by tweeting, “Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18. Tennessee not happy!”
Strange statement by Bob Corker considering that he is constantly asking me whether or not he should run again in ’18. Tennessee not happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2017
President Trump’s Tweet publicized the fact that Corker may have been considering retirement long before he made his announcement.
Corker’s recent statements have confirmed his uncertainty.
According to The Daily Caller, Trump and Corker remain in contact, sometimes playing golf together, despite their shaky relations over the Charlottesville protests.
Be sure to tell us what you think and leave a comment in the section below. Do any of Tennessee residents have an idea for who should replace Corker if he retires?