Governor Branstad Not Interested in Becoming Trump’s Ambassador

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad stood with Donald Trump at rallies. He repeatedly praised him and supported him for president. But he won't move to China for him.

"I'm not interested in living overseas," Branstad said Wednesday afternoon.

Speculation has surfaced the President-elect Trump could want Branstad to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China. Trump himself fueled that speculation last Sunday while standing with Branstad at a campaign rally in Sioux City.

Trump said, "I think there is no one that knows more about trade than him. He's one of the ones dealing with China...you would be our prime candidate to take care of China."

Branstad also ruled out serving as Secretary of Agriculture, because he said he doesn't want to live in Washington, D.C.

He pointed out he has seven grandchildren now and wants to remain in Iowa.

Speculation will continue for roles in the Trump administration, though, for other Iowans who helped Trump's presidential campaign, including the governor's son, Eric.

  • Eric Branstad served as State Director for Trump in Iowa.
  • Tana Goertz worked as a Senior Adviser to Trump's national campaign.
  • Former U.S. Senate candidate Sam Clovis held the position of national Co-Chair.
  • Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter, a wealthy Republican donor and ethanol producer, sat on Trump's Agricultural Advisory Committee.