The 2016 presidential election is not done offering up surprises. President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering former Republican rival Sen. Ted Cruz as his attorney general.
According to Bloomberg, Cruz, who Trump called “Lying Ted” throughout the Republican primaries, visited Trump Tower on Nov. 15 but refused reporters’ questions as he left his meeting with the Trump transition team.
“Cruz is focused on serving Texans in the Senate,” Catherine Frazier, Cruz’s spokeswoman, said. “He was there today to offer help in promoting the conservative policies that were campaigned on and that he’s long fought for.”
Cruz is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist before advising President George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign.
During the Republican campaign, Trump attacked Cruz by tweeting images of his wife, and by accusing Cruz’s father of a connection to Lee Harvey Oswald, reports the Independent Journal Review.
"This morning Donald Trump went on national television and attacked my father,” Cruz said in response to the allegations against his father, according to Politifact. “Donald Trump alleges that my dad was involved in assassinating JFK. Let’s be clear, this is nuts. This is not a reasonable position, this is just kooky."
According to Fox News, former New York City mayor, and Trump advisor, Rudy Giuliani was in consideration for the attorney general position, but is now in the running for secretary of state.
"[I} won't be attorney general," Giuliani told the Associated Press, reports Fox News. However, he added that he is not the only candidate under consideration for secretary of state. John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is also a possible candidate to head the State Department.
Bolton “would be a very good choice," Giuliani said. When asked if he knew of anyone who might be better for the job, he responded, "[m]aybe me, I don't know.