TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi kept mum Friday when asked if she would take a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration, saying she would “not discuss anything confidential.”
Bondi spoke to reporters during a news conference at the Tampa International Airport about human trafficking.
“I’m very happy being the Attorney General of the state of Florida right now,” she said, grinning and deflecting the report in Bloomberg News that said she would be tapped for an administration post.
Bondi’s critics say she let Trump off the hook over his controversial Trump University, featuring his get-rich-quick real estate seminars.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press in September showed New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s scrutiny of The Donald J. Trump Foundation dated back to at least June, when his office formally questioned a donation made by the charity to a group supporting Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Bondi personally solicited the money during a 2013 phone call that came after her office received complaints from former students claiming they were scammed by Trump University, Trump’s get-rich-quick real estate seminars.
The Trump Foundation check arrived just days after Bondi’s office told a newspaper it was reviewing a lawsuit against Trump University filed by Schneiderman. Bondi’s office never sued Trump, though she denies his donation played any role in that decision.
Trump later paid a $2,500 fine over the check from his foundation because it violated federal law barring charities from making political contributions.
Most of Bondi’s news conference focused on human trafficking, which she’s been vocal about since taking office in 2011.
She added that she’s spoken to Trump and other members of the transition team about the issue of human trafficking and that Trump is “committed to fighting human trafficking in our country.”
Friday’s announcement that the Tampa airport will post signs and information on human trafficking comes during a weekend when tens of thousands of people will fly to the city for the college football playoff championship game.
“Partnering with the airport gives unique opportunity to spread awareness,” she said. “And the public: you are also essential in this fight. By knowing the signs of human trafficking you can save a life.”
Bondi was asked by a reporter if airports across the country would be encouraged to spread such messages if she were in the new president’s administration.
“Absolutely,” she said.
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