U.S. Sen. Bob Corker met privately with Donald Trump on Monday, stoking speculation the Tennessee Republican is being vetted as a possible running mate for the GOP presumptive presidential nominee.
Corker arrived for the meeting at Trump Tower in New York City shortly before noon and emerged roughly an hour later. The senator told reporters at the scene the meeting focused mostly on policy and was a chance for the two to get to know each other better.
“I think it’s certainly worthwhile to sit down and get to know the nominee in a little bit different way,” Corker said. “We did that today.”
Regarding the possibility that he could be Trump’s running mate, Corker said, “I have no reason whatsoever to believe I’m being considered,” he said. “I’ll say that until I’m blue in the face.”
Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been the subject of speculation he's a contender to become Trump’s running mate.
Trump has said he'll likely pick someone with a background in politics instead of an outsider like himself. Some Republican insiders think Corker’s foreign policy background would be an asset to the ticket and would make him a logical pick.
Earlier this month, Corker told USA TODAY he's offered to help Trump develop a foreign policy platform and stands ready to assist him in the general election.
Corker’s national stature has grown considerably in the year and a half since he took over the Foreign Relations Committee.
Last year, Time magazine named him to its annual list of the world's 100 most influential people, ranking Corker alongside world leaders such as President Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.