President-elect Donald Trump held one of his more surprising private meetings of his post-election planning sessions with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at Trump Tower on Tuesday. The meeting has pundits speculating about the role Trump has in store for Cruz.
Cruz’s spokeswoman, Catherine Frazier, is keeping the official statements vague. According to Frazier, Trump and Cruz “discussed how he can best help the new administration advance conservative policies through the Senate.”
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“Sen. Cruz is pleased to have the opportunity to meet with President-elect Trump in New York today,” Frazier’s statement read. “The American people issued a clear mandate to ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, repeal Obamacare and start over with cost-effective, patient-centered health care 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. On behalf of the 27 million Texans he represents, the senator looks forward to assisting the Trump Administration in achieving these objectives.”
So there’s nothing to see here–just business as usual, right?
Maybe. If so, why were the meetings held in private? Just hours after the meeting, reports surfaced that Trump is considering nominating Cruz for the post of attorney general, the top law enforcement official in the United States.
Bloomberg news quotes a “person familiar with the matter” who confirmed the rumor.
This is unexpected. Cruz and Trump have a complicated relationship and a rocky track record. Trump, during the primaries, called Cruz “Lyin’ Ted.” Trump promoted theories that Cruz’s father had ties to JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.
For his part, Cruz shocked republicans by not endorsing Trump at the Republican National Convention. Instead, Cruz suggested voters follow their consciences.
If Cruz is nominated for the AG spot, Trump and Cruz would have to put their differences aside and work very closely together.