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Branstad meets with Trump – no announcement on China ambassador post

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has met with President-elect Donald Trump as speculation grows that the Iowa governor could be offered an ambassadorship.

Ben Hammes, a spokesman for the governor, says Branstad and Trump met for about an hour Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York City.

Trump praised the long-time governor at an Iowa rally before the election, calling him a “prime candidate to take care of China.” It’s led to rumors that Branstad could become the next U.S. ambassador to China.

Branstad said in a press release after the meeting that the pair discussed Iowa’s role in the presidential election and the transition into Trump’s new administration. The governor added that he had no announcement to make at this time regarding a possible appointment.