- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on U.S. Sen. Mike Lee’s meeting with Donald Trump (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

Utah Sen. Mike Lee 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 in New York Thursday.

Lee’s spokesman Conn Carroll said 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.

Carroll says Vice President-elect Mike Pence was also at the meeting.

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 was focused on his job in the Senate.

Carroll says the senator looks forward to working with Trump on the issues they discussed.


10:45 a.m.

Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York.

Lee’s spokesman Conn Carroll says the senator wasn’t given a reason for the Thursday midday meeting at Trump Tower. He says Lee is honored to be invited.

Lee refused to back Trump during the campaign and called for the businessman to step down in October after a recording emerged of Trump boasting of how his fame allowed him to impose himself on women.

Lee won re-election in November to serve a second term. He was first elected in 2010 amid a wave of tea party-backed candidates.

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

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