An aide to Corker confirmed a report that the Tennessee Republican had been under consideration for the post.
Corker told The Tennessean newspaper that he had discussed the possibility with both President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before determining it would not be the right move at this point.
“I shared with them there may very well be some other task down the road that they may need me to tackle on behalf of our country,” Corker told the newspaper.
The Australian Financial Review reported Monday that Hatch had also been under consideration for the position, which needs a new nominee after Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the commander of Pacific Command who was up for the posting to Canberra, was nominated for the top diplomatic position in South Korea.
But Matt Whitlock, Hatch’s deputy chief of staff, said in an email the Utah Republican would not be relocating to Australia, either.
“Senator Hatch has not had any conversations about an ambassadorship, but looks forward to a well-deserved retirement filled with early bird specials at all you can eat buffets and long walks through Costco,” Whitlock said.
Both Corker and Hatch have already announced plans to retire from the Senate at the end of this Congress.