‘It just felt like it wasn’t the right step,’ says senator, who has had a tumultuous relationship with president

Senator Bob Corker has turned down an offer from President Donald Trump to be the US ambassador to Australia. The Guardian has confirmed that Corker, the retiring chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, rejected an approach to serve in the position.

In an interview with the Tennessean, Corker said he had spoken to both Trump and the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, about the position over the past three weeks. But he had decided against accepting the position, saying: “At the end of the day though … it just felt like it wasn’t the right step.”

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