Manchin to stay in Senate after Trump meeting

Manchin to stay in Senate after Trump meeting

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change 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 TrumpMueller report findings could be a 'good day' for Trump, Dem senator says Trump officials heading to China for trade talks next week Showdown looms over Mueller 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 HeitkampRed dresses displayed around American Indian museum to memorialize missing, murdered native women Lobbying World Lobbying World 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.