New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has been one of the most outspoken Republicans against President-elect Donald Trump, will not have to worry about serving on Trump’s Cabinet.
When speaking with New York Times reporters Tuesday, Trump made it clear that he’s not interested.
Trump reportedly said Ayotte “would love a job in the administration.”
When asked by reporters if the senator could potentially have a spot in his Cabinet, the president-elect replied, “No thank you.”
Earlier this month, Ayotte lost her re-election bid to New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat.
Ayotte withdrew her support for Trump in October after the release of a 2005 tape in which the New York businessman made lewd comments about women.
“I wanted to be able to support my party’s nominee, chosen by the people, because I feel strongly that we need a change in direction for our country,” she said in a statement. “However, I’m a mom and an American first, and I cannot and will not support a candidate for President who brags about degrading and assaulting women.”
Trump also had harsh words for Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., who also withdrew his support for Trump after the tape was released.
“I can no longer look past the pattern of behavior and comments that have been made by Donald Trump. … My wife, my daughters, my mom, my sister and all women deserve better,” Heck said in October.
Like Ayotte, Heck came up short in his most recent campaign, falling to Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto in his bid to replace Harry Reid in the Senate.
Trump savages Rs who didn’t back him, said he told Ayotte “no thank u” on a Cabinet post, Heck fell “like a lead balloon” & he wasn’t sorry
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) November 22, 2016
In his time with reporters Tuesday, several of whom were live tweeting highlights of the meeting, Trump said he noticed a shift among some prominent Republicans who had been critical of him before his Nov. 8 victory.
“Paul Ryan, right now, loves me. Mitch McConnell loves me,” Trump says. Then says, “I’ve liked Chuck Schumer for a long time.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 22, 2016
Conservative columnist George Will had suggested Trump choose Ayotte as his attorney general.
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