Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump named U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., to his national security advisory council.
The announced, released Friday afternoon by the Trump campaign, puts Corker in the company of 22 others — including U.S. Rep Mike McCaul, R-Texas, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani — who plan to provide information to the GOP nominee.
"This distinguished group stands behind Mr. Trump because it is imperative that the U.S. has a strong leader to combat terrorism, strengthen its borders and make sure that America is safe," said a statement from the campaign.
Corker is the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and was one of the first prominent Republicans to herald some of Trumps's national security statements earlier this year.
Although Corker has criticized some of bombastic businessman's statements in the past, his support moved him to the vice presidential short list before Corker asked not to be considered. However, Corker has hinted that he may be interested in a cabinet post within a Trump administration, either as U.S. Secretary of State or Secretary of the Treasury.
A Corker spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Along with the likes of Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence, Corker has been among some of the more traditional conservatives relied upon by the Trump campaign to connect with the GOP base. But Trump continues to trail in national polls, thanks in part to continued emphasis by critics on previous controversial comments about women.
Moments after the Trump campaign announced additions to the advisory council, the Washington Post broke a story that included a 2005 video of Trump making wildly inappropriate comments about women. Trump issued a statement, calling the offensive comments "locker room banter" and apologizing "if anyone was offended."
A Corker spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about Trump's statements.
Although many Tennessee Republicans have announced their support for their party's nominee, Gov. Bill Haslam still won't say if he'll vote for Trump. Earlier this week the Knoxville Republican said he wouldn't comment on how he'll vote, adding he's ready for the election season to be over.
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