NEW YORK – Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue met with President-Elect Donald Trump for two hours on Wednesday afternoon at Trump Tower in New York amid multiple media reports that he is on the short list to be nominated as Agriculture Secretary.
After the meeting, Perdue told reporters that he did not discuss any specific position with Trump, but rather his “skill set”.
“It was a great experience for me,” Perdue said. “We talked about how agriculture and the productivity and needing new trade deals to make sure we can sell all the products we can grow around the world. It was a very beneficial meeting. I found him to be very understanding of what the issues are.”
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Perdue “helped craft Georgia agriculture policy in the 1990s as a Democratic state senator from Houston County before switching to the GOP in 1998. His surprise victory over Gov. Roy Barnes triggered a Republican wave in Georgia that flipped the state Senate, then the state House and now left the Georgia GOP in control of all statewide offices.”
Since leaving office in 2011, Perdue has been involved with a number of businesses involving agriculture.
Others under consideration for the nomination include former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, according to media reports.