Mississippi governor won’t rule out taking Trump appointment

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s not actively seeking an appointment in the Donald Trump administration but that it might be difficult to reject an offer from the president-elect.

Bryant spoke Wednesday at a state Republican news conference celebrating Trump’s victory. He campaigned for Trump in Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. Bryant says he would consider an appointment as secretary of agriculture or another post.

Bryant has three years left in his second term. If he were to leave, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves would become governor.

Republicans say they believe Mississippians will have access to Trump to air concerns, and say GOP congressional majorities will benefit the state. Republican U.S. Rep. Gregg Harper says he hopes a Trump presidency increases chances of building Air Force training jets in Meridian.

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