Manchin to stay in Senate after Trump meeting

Manchin to stay in Senate after Trump meeting

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Gabbard cites ‘concerns’ about ‘vagueness’ of Green New Deal 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 John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border 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 HeitkampOvernight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary On The Money: Shutdown Day 27 | Trump fires back at Pelosi by canceling her foreign travel | Dems blast 'petty' move | Trump also cancels delegation to Davos | House votes to disapprove of Trump lifting Russia sanction 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.