Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee has withdrawn himself from consideration as presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's vice president. The senator suggested Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, would be an ideal running mate.
Corker is the chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee and had joined Trump during a campaign rally in North Carolina on July 5. He had been touted as a possible running mate for the GOP nominee.
On July 6, Corker announced he had personally told Trump he would not like to be considered for the job.
“There are people far more suited for being a candidate for vice president, and I think I’m far more suited for other types of things,” Corker told The Washington Post. The senator explained that serving a vice president would be “a highly political job, and that’s not who I am.”
One person who Corker believes would be a better suited for vice president is 34-year-old Ivanka Trump, who has been a highly visible presence during her father’s campaign.
“His best running mate, by the way, would be Ivanka,” Corker told NBC News. “I know that wouldn’t pass muster, probably. But I don’t know that I’ve met a more composed, brilliant, brilliant-in-every-way person.”
On July 7, Ivanka’s brother, Eric Trump, agreed with Corker’s recommendation.
“She’s got the beautiful looks,” Eric told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”
“She’s smart, she’s smart, smart, smart,” Eric added. “Yeah, she’s certainly got my vote.”
Ivanka will be turning 35 years old in October, which would make her technically eligible to serve as vice president.
The pool of potential Trump running mates has fluctuated over the past month.
The currently buzzed-about possibilities are former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Republican Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Republican Sen. Jodi Ernst of Iowa, according to The Associated Press.
Corker stated he expected Trump to make his vice presidential pick by July 15.