Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn). (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) defended presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s comments highlighting the benefits of the Brexit vote for his business, saying Trump was giving an example of how currency fluctuations after the historic decision could affect Americans.
During a news conference in Scotland after the Britain’s referendum, Trump said about the plummeting value of the British pound: “Look, if the pound goes down, they’re going to do more business. When the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly. And the pound has gone down, and let’s see what the impact of that has.” This comment, which referenced his golf resort, has drawn criticism from opponents and is being aired in a new attack ad by presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“He was giving an example, which is obvious, that when the currency fluctuates, as it does … more Americans are going to be able to travel to the U.K. more cheaply,” Corker said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “Some of their exports may go at greater value. I thought it was just demonstrating, you know, an anecdotal statement relative to its effect.”
Corker, whom many top Republicans consider a contender to be Trump’s running mate, added that Trump’s Scotland event, which coincided with the Brexit vote, underscored the presumptive nominee’s identity as a businessman and political outsider.
“I know I’m an outlier, based on polling that I have seen you do, but I thought it was one of his best events,” Corker said. “I mean, here he was, as a businessperson, an outsider. He happened to be in the country right after the Brexit vote had taken place, supporting his children, and demonstrating that he was an outsider.”