U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, will meet Tuesday with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is considered a contender to serve as secretary of homeland security in the new administration.
According to the Presidential Transition Team, Trump will also be meeting Tuesday with U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, and Lou Barletta, R-Pennsylvania, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Pete Hegseth, the former executive director of Vets for Freedom and former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, and Marion Blakey, president and CEO of Rolls Royce North America.
Both Romney and Corker are considered contenders for secretary of state. It is the second meeting for Romney, who was among Trump’s severest critics before his election. Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said in weekend interviews that she has heard from Trump supporters all over the country that Romney’s appointment by Trump would be a betrayal. The suggestion has also been floated that Romney would have to apologize to Trump to get the job.
Both U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Gov. Rick Perry have met with Trump, but, so far, no job offer has materialized in either case. Like Romney, both Cruz and Perry were once extremely critical of Trump. McCaul was not.