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Trump dismissive of Ayotte in meeting with New York Times

Senator Kelly Ayotte.
Senator Kelly Ayotte.Jim Cole/Associated press

Outgoing Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire apparently won’t be getting a job in the Trump White House, the president-elect told The New York Times Tuesday.

The Times reported that President-elect Donald Trump dismissed the notion of Ayotte serving in his administration during a meeting with Times reporters and editors in the wake of his election. During the meeting, he claimed that Ayotte “would love a job in the administration,” but followed up with “No, thank you,” according to reporters who were present.

Ayotte, who lost her bid for reelection in November to Democratic New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan, was floated as a possible pick for defense secretary. The two Republicans have a contentious history: Ayotte withdrew her support of Trump following the release of a video tape which captured then-candidate Trump making lewd comments about women.

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Trump’s meeting with the Times, a portion of which was on the record, was the second such meeting the businessman has held with the media in recent days. He met with members of several broadcast networks Monday for an entirely off-the-record session. During that meeting, Trump was defiant and expressed his displeasure at the way he has been covered during the campaign, according to several reports.


Christina Prignano can be reached at christina.prignano@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @cprignano.