McClatchy reports that Sen. Ted Cruz met with President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday. The two met at Trump Tower in New York City, where Trump has been working on the presidential transition.
According to the Dallas Morning News report, following the meeting, Cruz emerged from an elevator at Trump Tower about two hours after he’d entered unseen. When asked why he came to New York, Cruz told reporters he looks forward to helping the president-elect:
I look forward to working hard to help lead the fight to actually accomplish the conservative agenda that Donald Trump and Mike Pence and Republicans across this country campaigned and promised the voters to deliver.
This election was a mandate for change. The American people rose up and spoke overwhelmingly to say that the path we’re on, it didn’t work. And they want change, and they have given Republicans a historic opportunity — putting a Republican in the White House, electing a Republican House and a Republican Senate. And it is now time for us to deliver.
Tuesday night, as reported by my colleague Jay Caruso, Bloomberg Politics speculated that Cruz could be in line for attorney general. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who left behind his own presidential bid to emerge as a top Trump adviser, floated that very idea in May.
There is also speculation that Trump might nominate Cruz for the Supreme Court. About the time Cruz arrived at Trump Tower, Sen. Lindsey Graham suggested that it is possible that Trump might tap Cruz for the Supreme Court seat vacant since Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February. Cruz, a Harvard Law graduate, clerked for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and served as Texas’ chief appellate lawyer, arguing nine cases before the high court.
Despite the animosity between Cruz and Trump during the presidential campaign, Cruz has some fans in the Trump camp. Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conaway, ran a pro-Cruz super PAC during the primaries. And Trump’s senior communication adviser, Jason Miller — rumored to be in line for White House press secretary — held a similar role in the Cruz campaign, though many other top Cruz staffers had vowed never to work for Trump.
Cruz worked on the campaign and then the transition team of George W. Bush. But as the Dallas Morning News points out, that expertise isn’t likely the reason Trump would seek or accept Cruz’s input