Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi hasn’t gone Washington. At least not yet.
But her schedule this week in D.C. gives the first tangible signs that she might eventually leave office early to work for President Trump. She pushed a children’s initiative with the Trump administration on Monday, moderates a “Women’s Empowerment” panel Wednesday with the president and first lady and is expected to take a role in helping combat the nation’s opiate-addiction crisis.
Bondi for months has been rumored to be considering a job with Trump, but she has steadfastly refused comment. But she became slightly more vocal Monday after bringing fellow Floridians and former football greats Tony Dungy and Derrick Brooks to Washington to meet with Trump, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.
“I am working on some special projects with the White House,” Bondi, whose term expires in 2019, told POLITICO Florida on Monday without elaborating more.
Less than a day later, the White House announced Bondi would headline its Wednesday “women’s empowerment panel” with top women in the administration: DeVos, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, Small Business Administration chief Linda McMahon and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Seema Verma.
Despite early buzz she might work as Trump’s drug czar, those close to Bondi have batted down the rumor. But, they say, Trump might still tap her to advise the administration on how the nation should respond to the spread of opiate addiction.
Bondi said she and the White House will reveal more details about their plans at the appropriate time.