NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A representative of U.S. Senator Bob Corker confirmed the senator turned down an ambassadorship.
President Donald Trump reportedly wanted Sen. Corker to become the next U.S. ambassador to Australia.
Corker, who’s stated he’s retiring, declined and said he just didn’t feel like it was right.
The senator was reportedly a leading contender for the position, which he said he was first approached about three weeks ago.
Sen. Corker said he declined the position last week, saying there may be something else for him to do on behalf of the country in the future.
A representative for the senator confirmed both the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo respected Corker’s decision, and the senator said he was honored they asked him to serve.
President Trump and Senator Corker have had a rocky relationship in the past -- even trading jabs on social media. It was a relationship the senator set straight earlier in 2018.