Hans Koepsell, Deseret News
FILE - Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, meets with reporters and members of the editorial board at the Deseret News and KSL in Salt Lake City, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Lee is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York Thursday.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah is meeting with President-elect Donald Trump in New York.

Lee's spokesman Conn Carroll says the senator wasn't given a reason for the Thursday midday meeting at Trump Tower. He says Lee is honored to be invited.

Lee refused to back Trump during the campaign and called for the businessman to step down in October after a recording emerged of Trump boasting of how his fame allowed him to impose himself on women.

Lee won re-election in November to serve a second term. He was first elected in 2010 amid a wave of tea party-backed candidates.

Lee was originally scheduled to be in Utah Thursday to join Gov. Herbert and other prominent Utah politicians speaking out against a proposal to name a new national monument in southern Utah's Bears Ears area.