Trump Team Mulling Cruz for AG: Report
According to the latest reports, President-elect Donald Trump is considering Sen. Ted Cruz as his Attorney General.
The Hill reports:
Cruz discussed a possible role in Trump’s upcoming administration at a meeting in Trump Tower in New York City Tuesday, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Politics.
CNN’s Jim Acosta reported that a source told him Cruz was on a “long short list” of potential attorney general picks.
Cruz visited Trump to offer assistance during the president-elect’s transition talks, a transition aide told NBC News earlier in the day, adding that the Texas senator is not being considered for a Cabinet post.
A spokeswoman said after Cruz’s stop he was “pleased to have the opportunity to meet with President-elect Trump in New York.”
“The American people issued a clear mandate to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, repeal ObamaCare and start over with cost-effective, patient-centered healthcare reform, appoint constitutionalist judges to the Supreme Court, secure our southern border and enforce immigration laws, and enact policies that will create more good-paying jobs for the American people,” Catherine Frazier said in a statement.
“On behalf of the 27 million Texans he represents, the senator looks forward to assisting the Trump administration in achieving these objectives.”
Trump and Cruz were bitter GOP presidential primary rivals before Trump formally received their party’s nomination in July.
Cruz notably refused to endorse Trump at the Republican National Convention that month, urging listeners to vote their “conscience” instead.
The Texas lawmaker ultimately endorsed Trump in late September, however, and has since struck a warmer tone towards the billionaire.
Cruz promised last week, for example, he would cooperate with Senate colleagues to “pass the conservative agenda that President-elect Trump promised to the American people.”
Trump’s leadership appointments have attracted feverish speculation since his victory in last week’s presidential election.
Rudy Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, is purportedly another option for attorney general.
Reports emerged Monday, however, that Trump’s team considers the former GOP mayor of New York City the favorite for secretary of State instead.
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