Congressman Lou Barletta considers cabinet post after meeting with President-Elect Donald J. Trump
NEW YORK CITY – Congressman Lou Barletta (Pa-11) met with President-Elect Donald J. Trump on Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York City to discuss the presidential transition. Barletta, a former mayor of Hazleton, in Luzerne County, is a member of the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee.
Following the meeting, Congressman Barletta met with reporters. His office released the following excerpts of his conversation with the press:
Barletta: It was great. We had a good conversation. We talked about many issues concerning the country and talked about the President-Elect’s ideas moving forward.
Reporter: Are you considering roles in the administration?
Barletta: We talked about Secretary of Labor and it’s something I’m going to consider.*
Reporter: What was your pitch to him?
Barletta: We talked. I’ve worked with the President-Elect throughout the campaign. He knows my background and, as a member of the Executive Transition Team, we talked about the importance of his ideas and moving them forward in Congress and making sure that the transition goes well, as a member of that team. We talked about that, as I said, and some other things.
Reporter: What were the top policy initiatives the President-Elect talked to you about?
Barletta: His infrastructure plan is obviously very important to him. And again, making sure there’s a smooth transition and the role that I could play either in Congress or as a part of his cabinet.