Branstad Will Meet With Trump Amid New Job Speculation

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

Branstad told reporters Monday he has a tentative appointment to meet with Trump while the Republican governor is in New York for an economic development trip scheduled between Tuesday and Thursday.

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

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.

Trump won Iowa and will hold a rally Thursday in Des Moines.