Kobach said his work with Trump is not over

Published: Dec. 13, 2016 at 5:32 PM CST
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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has been quiet about his meetings with President-elect Donald Trump, but he breaks that silence in an exclusive interview with 13 NEWS.

After the presidential election, Kris Kobach was rumored to be a contender for positions in the Trump Administration like Attorney General and Director of Homeland Security. Those positions have been filled, and he supports the President-elects' choices.

Kobach said, "President-elect Trump has made some great picks. All along I've felt like, look, I've got a lot of work to do here in Kansas."

But Kobach said his work with Trump is not over. A meeting between the two sparked interests, largely for a memo Kobach was carrying. He said the main thing from the memo they talked about, is building a wall between the United States and Mexico.

"Border Security problems in terms of National Security. Border Security problems in terms of law enforcement. In terms of crime. So I've talked to him about that as well, and I think his administration is going to make sure that he fulfills that promise," Kobach said.

But was that memo meant for the public? Some Democratic lawmakers in Kansas called out Kobach after it leaked.

"The items on that list were things that the President talked about publicly anyways, so nothing was surprising or all that earth shattering about the memo I had in my hand at the time," Kobach said.

Kobach admits Trump is not a traditional politician, but says overall he's a nice guy.

"People sometimes think someone famous is different on camera, and there are many people who are different when they're on camera or on a stage, and maybe not as nice in private. I would say he's a great guy. Really enjoyed talking to him on the many occasions I've talked to him. And I think people get to see his personality when he's speaking. It's not that different from when he's in private," Kobach said.

Kobach says he’s continuing to advise, when asked, for both Mr. Trump, and his administration.