Manchin came to the Senate in 2010 after a special election to fill the seat of Democratic senator Robert C. Byrd, and as one of only a handful of moderate Democrats, has served as a bridge between the two parties in the upper chamber.
In a statement, Manchin said that he was “honored” to meet with Trump on Monday afternoon and “humbled” to be considered to join the Cabinet.
“Right now, I believe that I can best serve my state of West Virginia in the United States Senate,” he said. “I hope all Americans join me in working with President-elect Trump in a bipartisan way to bring our country together and make it successful.”
Trump has named a total of 10 people to his Cabinet so far, Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said Tuesday on a call with reporters.
The transition would not respond when asked whether the Trump Cabinet will include one or more Democrats. “I wouldn’t speculate at this point as far as the shortlist of folks for some of the remaining positions,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said.
Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told CNN on Monday that Manchin was “running for a part in the Trump administration” and suggested Senate Democrats were working to persuade Manchin to stay.
“Listen, I know that we’ve done stuff in the last few weeks to try to make Manchin happy,” Reid said.
Reid’s comment came after Manchin sharply criticized him as an “absolute embarrassment to the Senate” after Reid on Friday called Trump a “sexual predator who lost the popular vote.”
Juliet Eilperin contributed to this report.