WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office brushed aside speculation Tuesday the Tennessee Republican might be in the running to become Donald Trump’s running mate.

"Sen. Corker has no reason to believe he is being considered for vice president,” Corker spokeswoman Micah Johnson said.

Corker’s office was responding to a report in Politico saying GOP insiders believe Corker,chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, would be “an attractive, plausible vice-presidential pick” for Trump.

The story quoted anonymous sources who said Trump might find Corker an attractive running mate because he is “an independent guy” who is “not afraid to buck the old guard.”

Corker told USA TODAY last week he has offered to help Trump develop a foreign policy platform, making him one of the few senators to publicly embrace Trump as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Corker also said he and Trump’s campaign have talked and that he stands ready to assist him in the general election.