President-elect Donald Trump is considering former Republican rival and Texas Senator Ted Cruz for the position of U.S. attorney general, according to a new report.
Bloomberg cited a person familiar with the matter saying that Cruz is in the running for the job, which was initially discussed as a potential position for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani, however, is now reportedly being considered for secretary of state.
The 45-year-old Cruz was spotted at the Trump Tower in New York, the headquarters of the President-elect’s campaign, on Tuesday, but made no comment regarding the matter. Instead, the Texas Senator simply maintained that the election was a mandate for change.
“Sen. Cruz is pleased to have the opportunity to meet with President-elect Trump in New York today,” Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told CBS News in a statement. “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.”
Trump and Cruz carried out a vicious campaign against each other for the GOP nomination, which Trump won. During his speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Cruz did not endorse Trump, causing him to be booed by the Republican crowd. In September, however, Cruz backtracked and declared that he will vote for the construction mogul in the Nov. 8 election, leading to a thaw in relations between the two.
After the report of Cruz’s consideration appeared, the President-elect went on Twitter to declare that no one except him had any knowledge of who will occupy what position under his administration, possibly attempting to avoid speculation.