Trump meets with top labor leader

Trump meets with top labor leader
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE met with top labor leader Richard Trumka on Friday. 

Transition spokesman Sean Spicer announced the meeting with the AFL-CIO president during the daily call with reporters but didn't include any additional information.

Trumka entered Trump Tower at around 10:30 a.m. and left around noon. He told reporters it was a "very productive" meeting and that they spoke about "a lot of issues." On Twitter, he also called their conversation "very honest." 

Trump and his team have sought to reach out to labor groups since elected, believing they've been ignored by Democrats and are ripe for the picking.

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Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Poll: Dem opponent leads Scott Walker by 5 points Cuomo fires back at Trump: 'America is great because it rejects your hate-filled agenda' MORE beat Trump among union households by only 8 percentage points, according to exit polls — well below President Obama's 18-point lead over GOP nominee Mitt Romney in such households in 2012.

Since his election, Trump has pressured companies into keeping jobs in America instead of outsourcing, personally criticizing an Indiana local union head for not doing enough to preserve jobs in his state. 

Trumka blasted Trump during the presidential campaign, calling him an "anti-American bigot" in March. But while he declared he was ready to work with Trump and his new administration in a post-election statement, he's remained critical of what he sees as Trump's go-at-it-alone approach.