As President-elect Donald Trump works to assemble the key members of his administration, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, met with Trump late Tuesday afternoon.
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 15, 2016
Cruz made his first trip to New York City’s Trump Tower since 2015, when he and Trump were still friendly rivals for the Republican presidential nomination. The relationship between the two eventually turned into a fierce, no-insult-barred competition that ended when Cruz dropped out of the primaries in May.
However, the hard feelings engendered by the contest were such that Cruz did not endorse Trump until September, after Trump released a list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees that was to Cruz’s liking.
Cruz made calls for Trump, but never campaigned with him.
Cruz had no comment for the media camped out around Trump Tower, although a spokeswoman released a statement.
Ted Cruz is @ Trump Tower today, per @VaughnHillyard. Transition aide says he’s not being considered for a post but “came by to offer aid”
— Alexandra Jaffe (@ajjaffe) November 15, 2016
“Sen. Cruz is pleased to have the opportunity to meet with President-elect Trump in New York today,” Catherine Frazier said 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,” she said.
“On behalf of the 27 million Texans he represents, the senator looks forward to assisting the Trump administration in achieving these objectives,” she added.
Cruz had congratulated Trump for an “amazing victory for the American worker” after Trump thrashed Hillary Clinton in last Tuesday’s general election.
“This affirms what we have long known, that Americans have resoundingly rejected the Obama-Clinton agenda of bigger government, intrusive regulation, executive overreach, and lawlessness that is killing innovation and jobs, squandering opportunity for working men and women, marginalizing our freedoms, and compromising our security,” Cruz said last Wednesday.
If Ted Cruz had gone “all in” at the RNC, he’d be great on SCOTUS. But he took the weasel’s way out. No guts, no glory.
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) November 14, 2016
The Houston Chronicle offered a bit of speculation about the purpose of Cruz’s visit.
“Some political operatives in Texas have speculated that Cruz could be in line for a possible appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, or could be discussing other potential conservatives for a high court position,” it wrote.
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