Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he’s serving on the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump, but Kobach says he’s not angling for a job in the Trump administration.
Right now, Kobach says his focus is helping Trump’s team develop immigration policy proposals.
“Trying to put together a to-do list for the Trump team when they take office in January. The first 100 days, what’s going to get done, what are the top priorities, what are the orders that things should occur,” says Kobach.
Kobach says he is open to the idea of working for Trump.
“If they think that I’m a good fit for something, I’d certainly consider it, but I’m not expecting anything and not really speculating about anything. I’ve got a job to do here,” says Kobach.
Emporia State University Political Science Professor Michael Smith says Kobach makes sense as a choice for a job in the administration, such as a position at the Department of Justice.
“He came out early and strong for Trump, unlike many other Kansas Republicans. I think that he is very likely to be on a short list,” says Smith.
Kobach has been Trump’s most high-profile campaign surrogate in Kansas.
Governor Sam Brownback has also been mentioned as a possible choice for Trump’s secretary of agriculture. His office says Brownback is focused on governing Kansas.
Smith says choosing Brownback for a job seems less likely, because of Brownback’s low approval ratings and the fact that the governor didn’t endorse Trump in the primary.
“Kobach is the one to watch,” says Smith.
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