- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah and President-elect Donald Trump discussed the Supreme Court and efforts to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s health care law during a meeting Thursday in New York.

Trump did not discuss or offer the Utah Republican any position on the court or in his administration during the 30 minute meeting at Trump Tower in New York, Lee’s spokesman, Conn Carroll, said. Vice President-elect Mike Pence was also at the meeting, Carroll said.

In addition to talking about the court and health care, they also discussed a proposal that would require Congress to give final approval before any major new federal regulations are put in place.

“Sen. Lee looks forward to working with the president-elect on all of these issues,” Carroll said.

Lee, who did not to back or vote for Trump, was one 21 names the billionaire candidate floated as a possible justice to fill a Supreme Court vacancy. Lee at the time said he appreciated being considered, but he said he was focused on his job in the Senate. Lee’s brother, Utah Supreme Court justice Thomas Lee, was also one of Trump’s potential picks.

Mike Lee has been Utah’s junior senator since 2010, when he ousted longtime U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett amid a wave of tea party support.

Lee was originally scheduled to be in Utah on Thursday to join Gov. Gary Herbert and other politicians speaking out against a proposal to name a new national monument in southern Utah’s Bears Ears area.

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