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David Perdue to meet with Trump team in New York


U.S. Sen. David Perdue will become the latest Georgia Republican to journey to Trump Tower and meet with the president-elect’s team.

The freshman senator’s office confirmed that Perdue is going to New York on Friday.

“As a fellow businessman and outsider himself, Senator Perdue was invited to Trump Tower to discuss working together to advance President-elect Trump’s 100-day plan in the Senate and changing the direction of our country,” Perdue’s spokeswoman Caroline Vanvick said.

Perdue’s cousin, former Gov. Sonny Perdue, met Wednesday with Trump, apparently as a candidate for secretary of agriculture. On Tuesday, the presidential transition team announced that U.S. Rep. Tom Price of Roswell had been tapped as Trump’s choice for secretary of health and human services. Former U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston has also journeyed to Trump’s headquarters.

It’s unclear whether David Perdue, who enthusiastically endorsed Trump over the summer, is in the running for a job with the administration. He was seen as a potential candidate for secretary of commerce, but that position has been filled. But Perdue, who was one of Trump’s chief surrogates in the South during the presidential campaign, could see his clout in the Senate increase once Trump takes office.

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