Tennessee senator Bob Corker is one of the few members of the Republican establishment to have voiced support for Donald Trump. According to the Washington Post he is meeting with the presumptive GOP nominee, fueling intense speculation about who will be Trump’s pick for vice president.
Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised Trump’s foreign policy speech in April, calling it “very thoughtful,” “full of substance” and “challenging the foreign policy establishment that has been here for so long.” Corker also said that he appreciated Trump’s foreign policy realism, which echoed that of George H.W. Bush. He underlined at the time that this was not an endorsement of the candidate.
The 63-year-old senator would fit Trump’s criteria for a VP. He is a Washington insider with a powerful position in Congress, and as a real estate millionaire, Corker would likely mesh well with the candidate. His hedge fund connections have recently landed him in hot water.
Corker was first elected to the Senate in 2006. In addition to leading the influential Foreign Relations Committee, he’s a member of the Banking and Budget committees in the Senate. He previously served as the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and owned a successful construction business.