>> Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, announcing Tuesday he'll be leaving the Senate at the end of his current term. Quote, after much thought, consideration, and family discussion, I have decided that I will leave the United States Senate when my term expires at the end of 2018, Corker said in his statement.
The announcement coming on the same day Republicans' latest bid to repeal Obamacare collapsed. Corker, the Republican Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has cultivated a moderate reputation. Briefly in the mix to be President Trump's running mate, Corker harshly criticized Trump for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and antifascist demonstrators.
Corker saying Trump has failed to show the stability and competence to be president. He helped Republicans reach a compromise with then-President Obama over his signature nuclear deal with Iran. Politico reported that Corker was expected to face a challenge from the right, were he to run for reelection in 2018.