Amid rampant speculation over who President Donald Trump will pick to succeed outgoing United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told IJR that the president has already made his selection and that it’s someone the Tennessee senator always knew would get the job.
“I know who they are going to nominate,” Corker told IJR on Wednesday when asked about the ongoing rumors regarding Haley’s replacement, which also included the exiting senator himself. “I talked to that person last night.”
Corker wouldn’t go into great detail about his conversation with the soon-to-be-announced U.N. ambassador nominee, telling IJR that it’s “the person that I’ve always thought would be” in the role.
When asked if Trump’s pick resembles the type of ambassador that Haley proved to be, Corker laughed.
“I’m not gonna give you any more clues, but thank you for asking,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told IJR that he’s trying to start the rumor that Corker is in the running to replace Haley.
“I’ve heard rumors about Corker,” Flake said before laughing and adding, “Well, I just really want to start that rumor.”
Corker shot down any chance he’d take the position.
“I’ve known who they were going to pick, so I can’t even,” he said.
The president has signaled that he may announce his U.N. ambassador nominee as early as this month.