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Conway: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, Rick Perry Meeting Trump in NYC Monday

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By    |   Monday, 21 November 2016 09:38 AM

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President-elect Donald Trump Monday at Trump Tower, with both having been under discussion for cabinet posts, but the talks don't necessarily have to lead to job offers, Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said.

Perry, she said, has been mentioned to helm "Defense or Energy," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends," while Fallin would be "maybe Interior."

But, she added, the talks don't necessarily need to be leading to positions in the cabinet, but rather could focus on working together with the nation's governors.

"She's a sitting governor, so he will be working with her and probably three dozen Republican governors," said Conway. "This country not only elected a Republican president and vice president, it gave them the House and Senate and governorships and huge majority of the legislative chambers of the states. That's called a mandate."

She said there could be "possibly" announcements about Trump's cabinet later today, but meanwhile, the transition is "way ahead of schedule."

"Jimmy Carter waited five weeks, Ronald Reagan, four weeks," said Conway, "and they didn't have Twitter and Facebook."

Fallin is a former U.S. Representative and has campaigned for Trump in the western states, reports Forbes. She still has two years remaining as governor and told The Oklahoman earlier this month that she would consider serving in a cabinet post should Trump offer a spot.

Fallin was also among those being considered this summer as a running mate for Trump, reports The Oklahoman, before he picked Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Meanwhile, Trump has been meeting with many different people, most will not be in his cabinet, but they all have given their advice, Conway said.

"Everybody feels really good about the pace and the seriousness, but it's also a place of tremendous excitement," she said. "It's still sinking in that we won and he will be the president and vice president and he [Trump] has slid into the role of president-elect beautifully."

But even without the cabinet posts, "we need to fill 4,000 jobs in the federal government and there are people who are captains of industry, there are folks who are sitting and former governors, members of Congress, senators, there are people who are opinion leaders.

"Folks have been working on an issue for decades and now they have an opportunity to share with the president-elect what that means for the country."

Trump met with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney over the weekend, and there remains a great deal of speculation over whether the meeting concerned the position of secretary of state.

"They had a very far-reaching conversation about the world, global affairs, and economy," said Conway. "They are both accomplished, successful job creators in this country. That's unusual for people in politics.

"And much of what Mitt Romney said about our nation's economy and what he said about the world in 2012 against President [Barack] Obama has become true. There was a great deal discussed, mutual respect, and a productive conversation, but it's really up to President-elect Trump to form that cabinet."

Conway said she was not present when Romney met Trump, but the meeting said "an awful lot about Donald Trump," as it showed his character and willingness to work with others.

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