Former Sen. Brown up for possible cabinet position

RYE, N.H. (WHDH) — Former Sen. Scott Brown told 7News he spoke with President-elect Donald Trump about a possible position in his cabinet.

Brown said he is being considered for Secretary of Veterans Affairs and that he spoke with Trump Friday.

“He asked, ‘What is your real passion?’ and I said, it’s clearly veterans,” said Brown. “He said, ‘I’m making the highest recommendation to my team that you be considered.'”

Brown said he got the phone call while he was on a plane coming home from Texas. He said he is very honored to be considered for the job.

Brown, who was Massachusetts senator from 2010 to 2013, also served in the Army National Guard. Brown reached the rank of colonel before he retired in 2014 after almost 35 years. As senator, he served on the Senate Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees.

As Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Brown would be responsible for managing the benefits and healthcare of veterans.

“I think it’s the toughest job in the cabinet because people’s lives are at stake, they’re dying,” said Brown. “You need someone who understands the issues, which I do, and the president to get it done.”

Brown said if he gets the job, he wants to implement a 24-hour suicide hotline to help veterans.

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