North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp thanked Donald Trump for “a thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion” on Friday, although she did not say whether the two discussed a possible job in his next administration.
During a meeting that lasted more than an hour at Trump Tower in New York City, Heitkamp said they discussed multiple policy issues, including the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, coal, the Export-Import Bank and human trafficking.
“I appreciate him being generous with his time, and I look forward to working with him and all of my colleagues in Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, to reach results for North Dakota and the country,” Heitkamp added in a statement.
The North Dakota freshman is considered a potential pick to head Trump’s Agriculture, Energy or Interior Departments. Heitkamp’s selection would have the added benefit of letting Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) — a longtime Trump ally — enter a special election for her seat as the overwhelming favorite, as opposed to the still-uncertain and expensive prospect of a Cramer-Heitkamp matchup in 2018.
Although Heitkamp has backed renewable energy incentives that some conservatives object to, her ascension to Trump’s Cabinet likely would face little opposition from fossil-fuel interests that have long seen her as an ally.
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