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Labrador meets with Trump, hints afterward that he might be up for a job in Trump’s administration

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, arrives at Trump Tower, in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP / Richard Drew)
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, arrives at Trump Tower, in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (AP / Richard Drew)

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York today, and hinted afterward to reporters there that they’d discussed a role for him in the new Trump Administration; you can read our full story here at

“We talked about a lot of issues ... about the West and how we could make sure that the Western issues are listened to,” Labrador said, calling it a “great, great meeting.” According to press pool reports, Labrador was asked if the two talked about a job in the administration. “We talked about a lot of different things,” Labrador responded. “I want to be able to help this administration in any way I can. I’m excited for America that we’re going to have an opportunity to have a new administration that has hit the ground running, and I think there’s a lot of ways that I can help. If I can help in the administration or if I can help him in Congress, I’m very excited about it.”

Labrador actively campaigned for Trump in the final two weeks before the election, criss-crossing the country to speak at Trump rallies in Florida, Arizona and Utah. A co-founder of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, Labrador just won his fourth term in the House.

McClatchy News Service reported today that Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller said today that Trump is interested in Labrador’s record as a “national leader on immigration and criminal justice reform” and his “great familiarity with interior issues.”

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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