Rep. McCaul, contender for cabinet seat, meets with Trump

Rep. Michael McCaul meets with Donald Trump (NBC Photo)
Rep. Michael McCaul meets with Donald Trump (NBC Photo)

NEW YORK (KXAN) — Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin, considered a contender to lead the Department of Homeland Security, went to Trump Tower in New York on Tuesday to meet with the president-elect.

“We need to secure our borders and secure the United States from these terrorists coming into the United States and perpetrating acts of terror like what we saw yesterday,” McCaul said. “It’s a reminder that terror threat’s real…” McCaul became chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security in January 2013.

Rep. McCaul represents the 10th Congressional District of Texas, which stretches from Austin to the Houston suburbs, and includes Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Washington and Waller Counties.

Earlier this month, former Gov. Rick Perry said he was open to serving in Trump’s administration. Current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has also been floated as a possible agriculture secretary.

Tuesday, Trump listed three nominees to fill out his cabinet, including former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the Treasury Department. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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