Trump considering Ted Cruz for attorney-general

Texas Senator Ted Cruz leaves Trump Tower in New York on Nov 15, 2016.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz leaves Trump Tower in New York on Nov 15, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - President-elect Donald Trump is considering nominating Texas Senator Ted Cruz to serve as US attorney-general, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Mr Cruz, 45, was at Trump Tower to discuss the job on Tuesday (Nov 15), the person said. When approached by reporters on his way out, Mr Cruz said the election was a mandate for change, but didn't say he was under consideration for a job.

Mr Cruz unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination. He and Mr Trump were at odds during the primary, viciously attacking one another. Mr Trump nicknamed Mr Cruz "Lyin' Ted".

Mr Cruz didn't endorse Mr Trump during a speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. In September, relations between the two men seemed to improve when Mr Cruz said he would vote for Mr Trump.

Asked for comment, Cruz spokesman Catherine Frazier said: "Cruz is focused on serving Texans in the Senate. He was there today to offer help in promoting the conservative policies that were campaigned on and that he's long fought for."

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani was initially discussed as a potential attorney-general, but now is being discussed as a possible secretary of state pick.