Corker aide says Trump ‘would have endorsed’ Senator for re-election

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief of staff for Sen. Bob Corker says President Donald Trump called the Tennessee Republican last week and asked him to reconsider his decision not to run for re-election in 2018.

Corker aide Todd Womack also says Trump “reaffirmed that he would have endorsed” the senator, “as he has said many times.”

That word comes a short time after Trump had claimed on Twitter that Corker had “begged” for a presidential endorsement, and when Trump said “NO,” Corker “dropped out.”

Trump tweets that Corker “Didn’t have the guts to run.”

Corker, a two-term lawmaker shot back at the President a short time later.

Corker is not seeking re-election and that gives him even more elbow room to say what he wants and to vote how he pleases over the next 15 months as Trump and the party’s leaders on Capitol Hill work to get their agenda on track.