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Branstad to meet with Trump amid new job speculation

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UPDATE: Gov. Branstad releases statement after meeting with President-elect Trump.

I appreciate the invitation that President-elect Trump extended to my wife and me today. I'm in New York on an economic development mission and I truly appreciated the opportunity to meet. We had a very cordial conversation about the role Iowa played in his overall success by winning 93 or 99 counties and flipping 34 counties that previously went for President Obama. It's clear that his jobs message resonated with Iowans and the rest of the country. It's refreshing to see his bold leadership that will put people to work, give power back to the states and Make America Great Again. 

We also talked about the transition and his new Administration. He is putting together a great cabinet that will serve the American people well. While there has been speculation regarding an appointment to serve in this Administration, I have no announcement to make at this time.

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Gov. Terry Branstad will meet with President-elect Donald Trump today amid speculation the Iowa governor could become the next U.S. ambassador to China.

Gov. Branstad is in New York today for a previously scheduled economic development trip. 

Branstad's office has not detailed when the meeting will be taking place between President-elect Donald Trump and Gov. Branstad.

"There has not been an offer given or accepted," said Communications Director Ben Hammes. 

Branstad said Monday that Trump hasn't offered him a position. Although Branstad didn't directly reference becoming U.S. ambassador to China, he told reporters he's had discussions recently with his family about possibly moving to China.

"He will be talking about the role Iowa played in the Trump campaign," said Hammes. 

 At a rally in Sioux City, Iowa, before the election, Trump had praised Branstad's knowledge of trade and called him a "prime candidate to take care of China."

Trump will hold a rally Thursday in Des Moines.

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