WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Corker will meet with President-elect Donald Trump in New York on Tuesday as Trump continues to ponder his choices for secretary of state.
Corker’s office confirmed Monday the Tennessee Republican would meet with the president-elect in Trump Tower in New York City. No other details were provided.
Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been advising Trump on foreign policy and is reportedly one of the candidates Trump is considering for secretary of state.
The senator said earlier this month he believes someone else is more likely to get the job – probably someone who was involved in Trump’s campaign.
But Trump’s camp is reportedly battling over whom he should name to the post, with Vice President-elect Mike Pence favoring former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and others backing former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
The squabble went public on Sunday, with Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, warning the president-elect could anger his supporters if he picked Romney, who assailed Trump as a "fraud" and a "phony" in speeches this year. Giuliani’s detractors fear his foreign business ties could make it difficult for him to win Senate confirmation.
The split could create an opening for Corker or another candidate to get the job.
Besides Corker, Trump also will meet Tuesday with Romney and retired Gen. David H. Petraeus. Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, who is a member of Trump’s transition team, also is scheduled to meet with Trump on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, Corker met with Trump and his family at Trump Tower and accompanied him on the campaign trail after his name was floated as a possible contender to become Trump’s vice president. Corker eventually took himself out of the running, saying he felt other people were better suited for that role.