Start of a Tennessean story:
With less than a month until presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is expected to name his running mate, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker praised the billionaire’s recent comments about Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union.
In a Sunday morning interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Corker said he thought Trump’s Friday press conference after the Brexit vote was “one of his best events.”
Corker’s remarks came in response to a clip Tapper played of Trump discussing the declining value of the British pound. “If the pound goes down, they’re going to do more business,” Trump told reporters last week while in Scotland. “You know when the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly.”
Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, blasted Trump for several of his comments related to the Brexit vote, saying the real estate mogul is “unfit” to be president.
Corker disagreed with Clinton’s assessment, saying, “Here he (Trump) was as a business person, an outsider, he happened to be in the country right after the Brexit vote had taken place, supporting his children and demonstrating that he was an outsider.”
Corker said Trump was giving an example that when the British currency fluctuates more Americans will be able to travel to the United Kingdom and that more of the country’s exports will “go at greater value.”
“I thought it was just demonstrating, you know, an anecdotal statement relative to its effect,” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman said.
Although Corker has been frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate, he has been at-times critical of Trump, including in the aftermath of the June 12 shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded.
See also Politico, which begins its report thusly:
Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said Sunday he believes the rejection of the United Kingdom’s establishment leaders in the Brexit vote reflects a similar sentiment in the United States, one that has boosted Donald Trump’s candidacy.
“Almost the entire establishment in the UK was in the ‘remain’ camp. Look, there’s something in our society, it’s happening in Western societies, where there’s tremendous anxiety over economic stagnation, the whole issue of refugees and immigration that’s changing the context of countries and then this faceless bureaucracy that’s not really responding to people,” said Corker, considered a possible Trump veep pick, on CNN’s “State of the Union.”