U.S. Sen. Bob Corker turns down offer to become next U.S. ambassador to Australia

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker turns down offer to become next U.S. ambassador to Australia

May 22nd, 2018 by The Tennessean in Politics State

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker speaks during the Chattanooga Bar Association's Law Day Breakfast at the Westin Hotel on Friday, May 18, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Corker answered questions from attendees about the Iran nuclear deal, North Korea and the political climate in Washington D.C.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

The Trump administration wanted U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to join its diplomatic ranks.

But the retiring Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman said he turned down the chance to become the next U.S. ambassador to Australia.

"I had a number of conversations with both President [Donald] Trump and [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo," Corker said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon. "At the end of the day though ... it just felt like it wasn't the right step."

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