Corker won't rule out 2020 presidential bid

Corker won't rule out 2020 presidential bid
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Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) on Friday did not rule out the possibility of challenging President Trump in 2020.

“You know, I don’t know what I’m doing next Sunday,” the senator told reporters who asked about a possible presidential bid, according to The Associated Press.


“The only thing that I’m thinking about right now over the next 14 months truly is doing the best job I can as a senator,” Corker said, according to Knox News. “And I think if you even begin thinking those things, everything you do becomes viewed through a different lens.”

Corker, who has become one of Trump’s strongest critics from within the Republican party, does not plan to seek reelection in 2018.

Since announcing he would not stay in Congress, he and Trump have traded various personal insults on Twitter.

Corker would not say whether he encourages a Republican primary challenge to Trump in 2020, but he has said that he would not support Trump’s reelection.

Another retiring GOP senator and Trump critic, Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeArpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument Carbon tax shows new signs of life in Congress MORE (R-Ariz.), last week made a similar comment suggesting he's leaving the door open to challenging the president.

"That's a long time away, and we'll deal with that when it comes to it," Flake told ABC's George Stephanopoulos, when asked if he was ruling out a 2020 campaign.