Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaks to media at Trump Tower in New York during her visit there on Thursday. (AP photo by Carolyn Kaster)
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge took advantage of a planned trip to New York to stop by Donald Trump’s $300 million 58-story house on Thursday.
Ms. Rutledge met with several people at Trump Tower ~ her press man Judd Deere wasn’t at liberty to divulge their names ~ but she didn’t see Donald Trump.
“She has met with Mr. Trump and visited with him before,” Mr. Judd said in a telephone call from LaGuardia on Thursday night while he and his boss awaited their return flight to Arkansas.
Ms. Rutledge arrived in New York on Wednesday night, and on Thursday she was a panelist in a meeting with members of the Association of Corporate Counsel. The other panelists were the attorneys general from Oklahoma, Virginia, and Connecticut.
When members of Mr. Trump’s transition team learned of Ms. Rutledge’s planned trip, “she was extended the offer to come by Trump Tower,” Mr. Deere said.
“She met with several individuals who are part of the transition team,” Mr. Deere said. “She continues to have conversations with folks on the Trump transition team.” He wouldn’t comment on the content of the conversations, or whether Ms. Rutledge would have a role in the Trump administration.
The panelists at the Association of Corporate Counsel meeting fielded questions about the role of state attorneys general under a Trump administration, Mr. Deere said.
Ms. Rutledge served as a Trump surrogate during the campaign and took one on the chin for the team in a CBS panel that was filmed before the second Trump/Clinton debate and broadcast afterwards. In an October interview with AMP, Ms. Rutledge shrugged it off as just another day in the coal mines.