Sarah Palin has been under consideration for Energy and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary. Photo credit: Business Insider
When Donald J. Trump surprised America by winning the election last November, people were quick to jump to the next order of business. The Trump Cabinet quickly became the subject of gossip and wild speculation.
- Will he be choosing his most loyal allies?
- Would all the people in the Trump Cabinet agree with everything that he stands for?
- Or would he again, surprise us all?
In the past few weeks, his picks have equally surprised both the Republicans and Democrats. All around the world, people are buzzing about his choices. Some of his top allies were not chosen, but Trump is wise enough to know he needs to make smarter decisions.
However, some still question, “Is there bad blood between Trump and old friends after the elections?” The answers might surprise you…
Chris Christie was offered positions different from what he was aiming for, so he declined them. Photo credit: NJ
Many were shocked when Rudy Giuliani, one of Trump’s strongest surrogates and defenders, asked to withdraw from consideration for any positions.
Giullani initiated the decision, while other Trump loyalists were not offered spots in his cabinet. Many were unexpected.
Chris Christie was aiming for the position of Attorney General, but Trump wanted him for a White House Advisory role instead. He declined the offer.
Another interesting turn involved early Trump supporter and former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich. Mr. Gingrich and his wife had visited the transition team for talks about a position in the Trump Cabinet. Later on, Gingrich withdrew his name from consideration for any administrative position.
Mr. Gingrich agreed that Trump has a mission far greater than some who accompanied him on the campaign trail. He expressed high confidence that Trump would choose the right people, saying, some things that worked in the campaign may not necessarily work in government.
But Giuliani, Christe, and Gingrich are friends–what about his enemies? We know he has made plenty of them on his way to restoring America to her greatness. Now Trump could be using his enemies more..
Keep Your Friends Close, Your Enemies Closer
Like Christie, Giuliani was offered positions different from what he aimed for. Photo credit: New York Post
With fewer loyalists in the Trump cabinet than most predicted, the president-elect is showing statesmanship. He’s proving he will not let cronyism prevail, but instead, values people who are fit to do the job, even if they’re not from the same side.
Some of Trump’s picks have been his biggest critics. Mitt Romney, a leader of the “Never Trump” movement, was considered for secretary of state, despite his allies’ skepticism. Trump even considered Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin, both Democrats in conservative states, to head the agriculture and energy departments.
If anything, Trump is making smart decisions with his cabinet picks. He understands who’s the most skilled to do the job and has considerations for the political repercussions that will benefit his party. He knows that he has to work with some people he doesn’t agree with to make America great again.
Are you happy that Trump excluded some of his loyalists in his cabinet?