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Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has declined President Trump’s offer to become the next U.S. ambassador to Australia, saying the move “wasn’t the right step” after he leaves Congress following the 2018 midterm elections.
“I had a number of conversations with both President Trump and [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo,” Corker told the Tennessean Monday after first being approached three weeks ago. “At the end of the day though … it just felt like it wasn’t the right step.”
“I am drawn to solving difficult challenges. If an opportunity were to arise at some point in the executive branch, or if there was some other opportunity to arise, I would certainly look at it,” he added.
The article goes on to state the following:
Corker, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, informed Trump and Pompeo of his decision last week.
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