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Bondi gets her sit-down with Trump

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi waves to reporters as she arrives at Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in New York.

[Associated Press]

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi waves to reporters as she arrives at Trump Tower to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in New York.

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Attorney General Pam Bondi met in New York on Friday with President-elect Donald Trump, and left Trump Tower smiling but saying very little about whether she's being considered for a White House job.

Bondi said her afternoon meeting with Trump was related to her duties on the executive committee of Trump's transition team.

Asked if she was offered a job, Bondi said: "I'm on the transition team, and we're doing everything we can to help him put the best people in place. So right now I'm attorney general of the state of Florida. I think the whole country should be so proud of how hard he is up there working."

Bondi declined to say what she and Trump talked about.

"I can't discuss that," she said. "I'm a member of the executive transition and I just don't think that's appropriate for anyone on the team to be talking out of school." 

Asked if she would accept a job if one is offered, Bondi said: "I'm AG of Florida right now. Thank you! You guys have a great day."

The former Tampa prosecutor left Trump Tower carrying a heavy winter coat (Friday's temperature in Manhattan was 48 degrees).

Bondi, 51, is midway through her second four-year term as Florida's attorney general.She originally supported former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president but endorsed Trump after Bush dropped out of the race in February.

Bondi campaigned for Trump in Florida and addressed the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.Other leading Trump supporters in Florida, including his state campaign strategist Susie Wiles and lobbyist and fund-raiser Brian Ballard, have said they expect Bondi to be offered a position in the White House.

Bondi is being mentioned as a candidate for several administration jobs, such as White House "drug czar" and U.S. trade representative. She could also be nominated as a deputy U.S. attorney general or as a candidate to chair the Republican National Committee.If Bondi resigns her current job, Gov. Rick Scott will appoint a replacement through the 2018 general election.

She entered Trump Tower at 12:49 p.m. for a scheduled 1 p.m. meeting and didn't return to the lobby until 2:35 p.m 

Here's the transcript of what she told reporters:

q. how did it go?

"I'm on executive transition so I was here for that. Of course I talk to the President elect on the phone and great to meet with him today. I can tell you he's up there doing great things. He's actually working very, very hard, around the clock, nonstop, to surround himself with the brightest and best people and I'm very proud to be a member of the transition team."

q. has he offered you a job?

"I'm on the transition team and we're doing everything we can to help him put the best people in place. So right now I'm attorney general of the state of Florida. I think the whole country should be so proud of how hard he is up there working. Most people when they get elected take a vacation. And that man is working around the clock, nonstop with Reince Priebus and with Steve Bannon and the whole team. They're up there. It's just a great situation. It's positive and I think they're making a huge difference for our country."

q. would you like a job on the team?

"I'm very happy being attorney general of the state of Florida right now."

q. what did you talk about?

"I can't discuss that. I'm a member of the executive transition and I just don't think that's appropriate for anyone on the team to be talking out of school."

q. if he offered you a job, would you accept?

"I'm AG of Florida right now. Thank you! You guys have a great day."

-- Alex Leary contributed to this report 

[Last modified: Friday, December 2, 2016 6:50pm]

    

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