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Barletta talks with Trump about Labor secretary job

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Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta, an early supporter of Donald Trump, spoke to the president-elect about serving as the secretary of Labor during a Tuesday meeting at Trump Tower in New York. 

“We had a good conversation about a number of issues concerning the country and we talked about the president-elect’s ideas moving forward,” Barletta told the press pool in the lobby of Trump’s Manhattan building that serves as his residence and unofficial transition headquarters. 
 
Barletta, a member of Trump’s transition team, said the pair discussed the secretary of Labor position, as well as a potential position in the Transportation Department. 
 
“I’m going to consider what we talked about. … He knows my background,” he said. 
 
The congressman added that the two talked about his “infrastructure plan … and making sure there’s a smooth transition and the role I could plan either in Congress or as part of his Cabinet.”
 
Barletta had been seen as a potential pick to lead Transportation before Politico reported Tuesday morning said that the slot was given to Elaine Chao, the former secretary of Labor who had also previously served as the deputy secretary for Transportation.  
 
Vice President-elect Mike Pence told pool reporters that another staff announcement was forthcoming Tuesday evening. 
 
The Pennsylvania congressman emerged as one of Trump’s top surrogates in the key swing state during both the primary and the general election. Trump became the first Republican to win the state since 1988. 

– Updated at 5:00 p.m.

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