Trump’s short list of vice presidential candidates
Donald Trump has begun lining up candidates for the ultimate job interview — his vice presidential running mate.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee is considering a list that includes a retired general and some of Washington’s most powerful lawmakers.
One of the most talked-about candidates on the billionaire’s short list is Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, who met with The Donald on Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan.
Corker emerged from the 80-minute meeting claiming there was no reason to believe he’s on Trump’s short list — exactly what a VP candidate is supposed to say.
“We had actually never met before. . . We had a conversation,” Corker told reporters. “It was a good meeting about foreign policy, domestic issues.”
Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he and Trump discussed US relations with China and Russia. Corker would bolster Trump’s perceived weakness on foreign affairs.
Sources said Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions — one of Trump’s earliest supporters — also is under consideration. Sessions’ views on immigration match Trump’s.
A surprise name on the list is retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a national security adviser to Trump who has emerged as one of the most buzzed-about veep contenders, sources familiar with the deliberations said.
Flynn retired in 2014 after a 33-year career in military intelligence that
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