NASHVILLE - After meeting with Donald Trump today in New York, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker told reporters today he has no reason to believe the presumed GOP presidential nominee is considering him for his running mate.
The Hill newspaper reported the Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made the comments following his visit to Trump Tower.
But Corker also didn't rule out serving as Trump's vice presidential pick if asked or in his cabinet if Trump wins over Democrat Hillary Clinton this fall.
Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, characterized his meeting with Trump as getting to know one another.
"I have no reason what so ever to think that I am being considered" for vice president, Corker told reporters outside Trump Tower, according to The Hill, which covers the federal government and politics.
"This was a meeting between two people who didn't know each other except over phone calls, getting to know one another."
Corker said the two discussed China and Russia in the meeting. meeting. The senator told reporters he thinks both U.S. allies and rivals are closely watching Trump's rise, which Corker believes is positive.
"The fact that he's challenging so many status quo, he's causing these countries to think a little bit differently about the U.S., I say that in a positive way," Corker said.
Corker recently praised Trump's first major foreign policy address, which opened up communications between the two.
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., an early supporter of Trump and is communication with Trump's staff, told the Times Free Press over the weekend that while it's anyone's guess whom the presumptive chooses as his veep, he personally thinks Corker could very well be in line to become Secretary of State in a Trump administration.