President-elect Trump spent Friday afternoon with several people under consideration for secretary of the Department of Agriculture, one of his few remaining unfilled Cabinet positions.

Trump met with former Texas Rep. Henry Bonilla and former Texas commissioner of agriculture Susan Combs at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been spending time over the holidays. Texas agricultural commissioner Sid Miller also met with some of Trump’s senior aides.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, Bonilla said his meeting with Trump “went very well.”

“There were general questions about the agency, general discussion about regulations that farmers want fixed,” Bonilla said.

He added: “I didn’t ask him about other interviews or who else has been through here, but I sense that they’re close to making a decision. They’ve got quite a few people, that’s my understanding.”

Asked why he felt he was suited for the role, Bonilla said: “I chaired the agriculture appropriations sub-committee for my last six years in Congress, and it was a huge responsibility to be in charge of the budget for all of the USDA,” he said.

After her meeting with Trump, Combs did not comment to reporters. She was seen walking away with a staffer.

Miller, who has been an enthusiastic Trump supporter, told reporters he had a “very good” meeting with Trump aides Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus, saying they discussed the weather, grandkids and agriculture.

Trump met earlier this week with Elsa Murano, the former president of Texas A&M, about serving as secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

Fabio spotted at Mar-a-Lago

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Fabio Lanzoni, the Italian-American model-actor, was spotted Friday afternoon at Mar-a-Lago, where President-elect Trump has been spending his time over the holidays holding meetings.

Lanzoni, who has been a guest at the club before, was seen by reporters speaking to incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

A pool report said he was wearing jeans, a black blazer and crystal studded boots.

The New York Post reported that Fabio was at the club this year when Trump and his family spent Thanksgiving there.

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