Tennessee Senator Bob Corker who is reportedly being considered as a candidate in United States President-elect Donald Trump's administration should exit from the vetting process, US Senate candidate Larry Crim said.
The Nashville businessman said that Corker should exist the vetting process for the position of Secretary of State in Trump's administration as "Corker enabled the Iran Nuclear Pact of the Obama administration which President-Elect Trump rightfully called 'a disaster'," he said.
Bob Corker on Wednesday confirmed to CNBC that he has had conversations with Trump's transition team. Corker has been a senator since 2007 and is the current chairperson for the Foreign Relations Committee.
Trump and Corker appear to differ in views on Russian President Vladimir Putin. While he appreciated Trump and Putin starting out on a positive note, Corker thinks Putin is a "brutal dictator-like leader" and has "worked against our national interests." Corker, however, has said that he does not expect to get the coveted position.
"Corker bypassed the Constitution's Treaty Clause to green light President Obama's arms control agreement with Iran including release of some $150 Billion dollars to a foreign power" without subjecting it to approval by two thirds of the senators as provided in the Constitution (Const. Art 2, Sect 2), Crim said. Larry Crim will run in the Republican primary for the seat held by Bob Corker on August 2nd, 2018.
The Senate candidate also added that "it is reasonable to assume Corker – the enabler-in-chief of the Iran deal - and President Elect Trump, who said it was the worst deal ever negotiated, do not agree on this key foreign policy issue."
Other candidates being considered for the Secretary of State position in Trump's team include Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina; Rudy Giuliani, former New York mayor and an ardent supporter of Trump; John Bolton, former US ambassador to the United Nations and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.