Donald Trump Holds Meetings With SC Gov. Nikki Haley and Henry Kissinger

The S.C. governor originally supported Sen. Marco Rubio for president.

Since his visit to Washington, D.C., last week, Trump has remained in his Manhattan headquarters and residence, with no public events, holding multiple meetings with top transition aides and various contenders for his Cabinet.

Sessions, a close Trump ally and foreign policy adviser, has been spotted multiple times this week in Trump Tower for meetings and received the firmest indication yet from the president-elect's office that he is a strong contender for attorney general after today's meeting.

"While nothing has been finalized and he is still talking with others as he forms his Cabinet, the president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Sen. Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama's attorney general and U.S. attorney," a statement from Trump's transition team read. "It is no wonder the people of Alabama re-elected him without opposition."

"Gov. Haley was pleased to meet with President-elect Trump," her deputy chief of staff Rob Godfrey said in a statement to ABC News after the meeting. "They had a good discussion, and she is very encouraged about the coming administration and the new direction it will bring to Washington."

This is not Trump's first meeting with Kissinger. The two met in May at Kissinger's home at a time when Trump was seeking support from Republicans and featuring foreign policy issues more prominently in his campaign.

A secretary of state for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, Kissinger, 92, has remained active in politics in the decades since and has taken on a respected-elder role for some Republicans.

"President-elect Trump and Dr. Kissinger have known each other for years and had a great meeting," the presidential transition team said in a statement. "They discussed China, Russia, Iran, the EU and other events and issues around the world."

Trump said he has "tremendous respect for Dr. Kissinger and appreciates him sharing his thoughts with me."