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Manchin to stay in Senate after Trump meeting

Manchin to stay in Senate after Trump meeting

Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money: Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats | Justice Dept. sues Trump ally Roger Stone for unpaid taxes Moderates' 0B infrastructure bill is a tough sell with Democrats 'Just say no' just won't work for Senate Republicans MORE (D-W.Va.) said on Tuesday that he will stay in the Senate after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump regarding a possible Cabinet position. 

In a statement, Manchin said he was “humbled to be considered for the Secretary of Energy position” but that “right now, I believe that I can best serve my state of West Virginia in the United States Senate.”

Manchin was floated as a potential Energy secretary, though Trump on Tuesday morning named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his pick for the position. 

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The West Virginia senator met with Trump in New York on Monday for more than an hour. 

He said Tuesday that he is “committed to working with President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE and his Administration to find commonsense solutions to pass the Miners Protection Act, solve our opioid crisis, rebuild our infrastructure, reform our broken tax code, keep faith with our veterans and build an economy that works for all Americans.”

Manchin is one of two Democratic senators Trump’s team has raised as possible Cabinet appointees. Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampBill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment MORE (D-N.D.) is under consideration for a position at the Agriculture Department. 

Manchin, a conservative Democrat and a member of the party’s leadership in the Senate, is up for reelection in 2018. But he could be facing a tough race in West Virginia, a state that went strongly for Trump in November.