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Sen. Bob Corker praised Donald Trump's Scotland news conference

He said it was "one of his best events"

Washington CNN —  

Donald Trump’s news conference in Scotland – which focused in part on the golf course he owns there, rather than the “Brexit” vote – was “one of his best events,” said Sen. Bob Corker.

Corker, the Tennessee Republican who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, praised Trump in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.

“I thought it was one of his best events. I’m sorry – I know I’m an outlier,” Corker said.

“Here he was as a business person, an outsider who happened to be in the country right after the ‘Brexit’ vote had taken place, supporting his children and demonstrating that he was an outsider,” Corker said, noting that he’d watched Trump’s news conference live.

“I thought his answers – I know he began talking about the development itself, he knew reporters were going to ask him about ‘Brexit’ – I thought it was one of his best events, and I didn’t take it that he was – 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; some of their exports may go at greater value,” Corker said. “I thought it was really just demonstrating, you know, an anecdotal statement relative to its effects. So, again, I thought it was one of his better events.”

The presumptive GOP nominee gave only cursory comments to the Brexit news that roiled global financial markets and stunned politicians around the world. He simply called it “historic” before focusing on the new golf course he is opening in Scotland.

Corker also addressed gun control proposals designed to keep firearms out of the hands of those on two federal terror lists that have faltered in the Senate.

“I don’t think this is over,” he said, pointing to bills by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, saying he hopes to see a middle ground.

“There’s still a place that we can get to that protects Second Amendment rights but also ensures that we keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. So I don’t think it’s over yet – at least I hope it’s not,” Corker said.