Jim Risch 5-17-18

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, arrives for a vote on Gina Haspel to be CIA director, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho and the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday that he’ll handle the post far differently from the chairman he’s succeeding, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who’s been a frequent critic of President Trump on foreign policy.

“My repertoire does not include sparring publicly with the president of the United States,” Risch declared flatly. “For many, many different reasons, I think that’s counterproductive, and you won’t see me doing it.”

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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