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Manchin meeting with Trump delayed until Monday

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Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will meet with President-elect Donald Trump Monday afternoon.

Sen. Joe Manchin’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump has been rescheduled for Monday afternoon, according to the West Virginia senator.

Manchin, the state’s lone Democratic Congress member, had been scheduled to meet with the incoming Republican president on Friday morning, according to a press briefing from Trump’s transition team.

“He and his transition team were so kind, knowing that I am in the fight of my life,” Manchin said, referring to Trump.

Manchin has been busy in recent days protesting a continuing budget resolution in Congress with other Democrats, because the bill did not include longer-term funding for unionized miners’ health care benefits or any funding solution for their underfunded pension plan.

According to reports in several national media outlets, Manchin — one of the country’s most centrist members of Congress — was being considered for either Secretary of Energy or Secretary of State.

On Thursday, the West Virginia Republican Party publicly renounced the suggestion that Trump could give Manchin a powerful Cabinet position in his incoming administration — though that move could make it easier for a Republican to win the state’s lone Democratic congressional seat.

Manchin’s office has said Trump has given the senator no indication about what he would like to discuss.

Reach Andrew Brown at andrew.brown@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4814 or follow @Andy_Ed_Brown on Twitter.

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