U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., spoke with President-elect Donald Trump after his victory Tuesday, but they didn’t discuss whether the former Chattanooga mayor would take on a Cabinet position in the new administration.
He spoke separately with both Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, after they defeated the Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine ticket.
Corker’s name has been tossed around as a potential for secretary of state or secretary of treasury, but no discussions have happened since summer.
The Tennessean reported that Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he has no reason to think he’s being considered for a Cabinet position.
“I am honored Tennesseans have given me the privilege of serving them in the Senate, and I relish my role as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,” Corker said in a prepared statement. “I also am excited about the opportunity that awaits President-elect Trump, Congress and the American people.”
“The Trump administration has a monumental task ahead, and I certainly will be glad to provide input and recommendations as needed during this crucial period as they begin to assemble a strong team to govern our great nation,” Corker also said.
The decision is up to Trump, and these kinds of positions aren’t generally something politicians lobby for, Corker has said.
If Corker were to be appointed to a Cabinet post, Gov. Bill Haslam would be responsible for appointing someone to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat.
The Tennessean also reported that Haslam said he hasn’t started to seriously think about whom he would appoint if Corker left, but he said the country would be “well-served” to have Corker in a larger role.