COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster says he has spoken to President-elect Donald Trump's transition team and he's open to taking a role in his administration.
In brief remarks since Trump's stunning electoral victory last week, McMaster, who was one of the first mainstream Republicans to endorse Trump in the wide-open Republican primary in January 2016, said he wants to help Trump in the next four years.
"I want to do whatever I can to help Mr. Trump succeed," McMaster said. "He's the perfect man for right now."
McMaster, as well as Gov. Nikki Haley, have been floated as possible candidates for cabinet-level jobs within the Trump administration. A number of other more nationally prominent candidates for attorney general have been floated over the past week, and McMaster has also had his eyes on a run for governor. He says he'd have to seriously weigh both possibilities
"You just have to take those things as they come. The future of our state is wide open. We have enormous opportunities, more than I think any other state in the country. But our country is in trouble. We have great power and great potential but we've been going in the wrong direction. I want to do what I can to see our state goes to the top and also that our country gets stronger and stronger," McMaster said.
The lieutenant governor and former two-term South Carolina attorney general called last week's election a "watershed election" in the efforts to turn the country around.
McMaster praised Trump's transition team for also taking a strong look at Haley for a role in the President-elect's administration.
"We have so much talent in this state it's good to see that it is recognized," McMaster said. "[Haley]'s enormously talented. She's been highly successful here. She has brought new fresh ideas to government and we're better because of it."
Haley met with Trump at Trump Tower in New York City and said the conversation between the two was "good."
McMaster said he has talked to Trump's transition team twice Thurday. When asked how the phone calls and conversations have gone, McMaster didn't say much.
"All phone calls go well under the Trump banner," McMaster said with a smile.