U.S. Sen. Bob Corker recently toured parts of Hamilton and Bradley counties to give his perspective on a variety of national issues and let locals ask questions about his opinions.


During his April 6 tour, Corker talked with members of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce about national issues that may have effects on local businesses.

The topics Corker discussed included the recent tariffs placed against China, U.S. progress in Syria, Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation, the president’s upcoming negotiation attempt with North Korea, and Corker’s plans after his term is up.

The threat of a trade war with China was a major topic during the discussion. President Donald Trump said Thursday he was considering a new $100 billion tariff plan following China’s announcements to heavily tax important U.S. exports including soybeans.

Corker said that while he thinks measures need to be taken against China for stealing intellectual property from American businesses, this path was a little worrisome.

“I’m very concerned this is going to get out of hand,” he said. “What I hope is going to happen is that we’ll come to resolve these issues before [tariffs are enacted].”

Corker said he had also recently spoken to some farmers in West Tennessee who were concerned about the outcome of the tariff threats.

Corker, who is not seeking re-election, also responded to questions about what he will do after his term is up.

He is “certainly not planning on retiring” but hasn’t decided on any specific plans yet, he said.

Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah