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Sen. Bob Corker Downplays VP Speculation After Trump Meeting


Corker was dismissive of such speculation.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., right, speaks as committee chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., sits left, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met with GOP Sen. Bob Corker in New York Monday, intensifying speculation that Trump is considering the Tennessee senator for his running mate.

However, after his meeting with Trump, Corker was dismissive of such speculation, telling reporters that their conversation was a way for “two people who didn't know each other except over phone calls” to get to know one another.

This April 30, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo, File) Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker (AP Photo, File)

Corker, who currently serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, denied that Trump was vetting him for vice president or a Cabinet position should Trump win the general election.

"I have no reason whatsoever to believe I am being considered for a position like that," Corker said.

A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to the AP’s request for comment on the meeting.

In a statement last month, Corker praised Trump’s high-profile foreign policy speech, saying, "In a year where angry rhetoric has defined the presidential race on both sides of the aisle, it is my hope that candidates in both parties will begin focusing not only on the problems we face but on solutions."

Last week, conservative pundit Charles Krauthammer speculated that Corker is most likely be tapped by Trump for vice president.

Krauthammer said the senator has “a bit of gravitas” and noted his praise of Trump’s speech.

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