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Bob Corker Asked To Defend His Conditional Endorsement Of Trump

Jun 7, 2016

Sen. Bob Corker is urging Donald Trump to "pivot" into a more inclusive general election candidate, but he didn’t say what he might do if the presumptive Republican presidential nominee doesn’t change his ways. 

Speaking to MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" on Tuesday, Corker addressed a controversial statement Trump made recently, in which he accused a federal judge of being "unfit" to preside over a case involving Trump University because of his "Mexican heritage."

Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called those accusations wrong "at every level" and reiterated that Trump needs to change in order to unify the nation.

But the show’s co-host, Mika Brzezinski, jumped in, pushing the Republican senator to defend his endorsement of Trump.

“I've got to ask you, Senator ... if he does not pivot — because you have talked about your hope that he will — if he does not pivot from this, is he fit to be president?” she said.

Corker responded that Trump needs to "take advantage of the incredible opportunity that anyone who cares about our nation would relish having." Corker added that advisors can help with the rest.

"There are armies of people that can help with treasury functions, with foreign policy, with commerce that would be willing to come in and help a candidate that — let’s face it — hasn’t fully formed views on numbers of topics," he said.

Corker's name has been floated as a potential running mate for Trump. According to the senator, the two met in New York last month to talk about foreign and domestic policy.