DesJarlais envisions Corker as Trump’s secretary of state; Gingrich as veep

Republican Congressman Scott DesJarlais, who early on endorsed Donald Trump for president, says he sees a role for U.S. Sen. Bob Corker in a possible Trump administration but not necessarily as vice president, reports the Times-Free Press.

DesJarlais, who is serving as a liaison to the Trump campaign, said he has “no inside information” on Trump’s thinking but believes another job may be the one for Corker, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“I’ll put my money on Secretary of State for Corker,” DesJarlais told the Times Free Press on Saturday at the Bradley County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day gathering.

“My gut feeling right now — and I usually don’t have a gut feeling with vice presidents because I think it’s one of the hardest things to pick or prognosticate — I’m thinking [Newt] Gingrich” as Trump’s pick for veep.

“He’s someone who knows the system and knows how to work with the House and Senate,” said DesJarlais of Gingrich, a former U.S. House speaker from Georgia who has run for president.

“Just the way it’s teeing up, I’d say it was a 70/30 chance that’s who it is. No inside information, just a hunch.”

Many Republicans see Corker as a contender to be Trump’s running mate. Citing Trump campaign sources, The Washington Post last week reported that Corker is scheduled to meet with the presumptive GOP presidential nominee today at Trump Tower in New York.