With the GOP primaries looking to come to a close now that Republican voters have chosen their likely candidate, the next step in the Republican presidential nominating process is for presumptive nominee Donald Trump to make a pick for his vice president. Various names of potential picks have been floating around since last week, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and there have been jokes about Trump picking the current Vice President Joe Biden for the job, but now Republican sources are suggesting another candidate. Will Trump pick Sen. Bob Corker for vice president?
According to Politico, D.C. Republicans think the Tennessee senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee would be a good fit for the role of VP of a Trump presidency. One Republican told Politico that Corker would be a good option because "He’s an independent guy — kind of a tough guy — who’s not afraid to swim upstream. He’s frustrated by being in the Senate and not getting anything done. I think he’d really lean into this. He’s not afraid to buck the old guard." That's certainly something that might appeal to Trump — a candidate who wants to get stuff done and who will be tough about it.
Early on Tuesday after the Politico report was released, Trump tweeted the following message, prompting us to wonder if he would actually reach out to Corker for the job.
Nevertheless, Corker's offices also responded to the Politico piece. The senator's spokeswoman Micah Johnson told the Tennesseean, "Sen. Corker has no reason to believe he is being considered for vice president." Corker, however, did tell USA Today in an interview last Thursday that he would offer his advice and input to the Trump campaign regarding his foreign policy platform. He has reportedly been in contact with the campaign already about his involvement in that realm.
Corker has not endorsed any GOP candidate over the course of the primaries, but has said he would support whoever the nominee may be — and that's exactly what he's doing. He told USA Today, "I think [Trump] is well-aware now that he has to move into a period of really laying out more substantial policies and certainly as he evolves, to the extent we can be helpful and flesh those out, we are more than glad to do so."
Corker is right, it's time that Trump started getting more specific about his policy platforms in all aspects of his campaign, especially when there doesn't seem to be any coherent policy or execution plan in place. In fact, in a March interview with the New York Times, when prompted about the U.S. role in the Middle East, the GOP frontrunner said, "If our presidents would have just gone to the beach and enjoyed the ocean and the sun, we would’ve been much better off in the Middle East, than all of this tremendous death, destruction, and you know, monetary loss." Very insightful, Mr. Trump.
While Sen. Bob Corker may or may not be the vice presidential pick for Trump, he would at least be an asset to his team.