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Liberty's Jerry Falwell says he was offered a top-level cabinet position in the Trump administration

LYNCHBURG, VA - JANUARY 18: Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump with a sports jersey after he delivered the convocation in the Vines Center at the university January 18, 2016 in Lynchburg, Virginia. Although Falwell said the university does not endorse a particular candidate, he left no question as to who he is supporting in the 2016 presidential race. Highlighting Trump's conservative credentials, charity and politically incorrect speech, Falwell said, "I see a lot of parallels between my father and Donald Trump." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. said Saturday that President elect-Donald Trump offered him the job of education secretary, but that he turned it down.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Falwell said Trump offered him the job during a meeting in New York City last week, but he declined the position for personal reasons.

Falwell told the AP that Trump wanted a four-to-six-year commitment from him, but that he couldn't leave Liberty for more than two years. Plus, Falwell said he didn't want to work in Washington D.C. for more than two years because he didn't want to relocate his family, especially his 16-year-old daughter.

Trump announced Wednesday he had selected charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for the job. Falwell says he thinks DeVos is an "excellent choice."

Trump spoke at the Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, in January and Falwell later endorsed him.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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