By: Roger Stone
Contrary to published reports the Trump-Pence presidential transition is quickly taking shape after New Jersey Governor Chris Christy was ousted because of his potentially embarrassing connection to the George Washington’s bridge scandal. Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Mike Sessions have both taken an active role in restructuring the transition with the goal of identifying at least three potential candidates for each cabinet and sub-cabinet job.
Having served in President Ronald Reagan transition in both 1980 and 1984 I distinctly remember the boarding party of establishment republicans who has adamantly opposed Reagan’s nomination and election who had then seeking Plum federal jobs and appointments. The gulf in the GOP between Trump and the party establishment is even greater than it was between Reagan and the establishment types who had opposed his rise to power.
Donald Trump staked a decidedly non-interventionist view on foreign policy. At the same time, he has signaled a desire for detente with the Russia in which we would enter into hardheaded negotiations in order to preserve peace and collaborate on the military destruction of ISIS.
Although former UN ambassador John Bolton is a full-throated Neo common who supports Iraq war and regime change and who’s views towards Russia are far more bellicose, he appears to be on the short list for Secretary of State. I know John Bolton. I like John Bolton. I’ve played poker and sipped whiskey with John Bolton. He’s a brilliant guy who I probably agree with on most domestic issues but when it comes to foreign policy he is part of the Bush-Chaney-Wolfowitz crowd that has floundered millions of our tax dollars and thousands of American lives in foreign conflicts in which our nation has no apparent national interest.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has let it be known that he is interested in the Secretary of State job. This came as a surprise to many who more or less pictured him as the new Attorney General. During his own presidential campaign 2012 Giuliani staked out standard neocon positions. Giuliani’s long time personal relationship with president-elect Trump cannot be discounted.
Senator Richard Corker appears to be the third candidate in the mix for Secretary of State but whispers about a corruption investigation regarding his international financial dealings continued to permeate Capital Hill.
Late yesterday there was a flurry of rumors that president-elect Trump had reached out to South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as a potential compromise candidate for Secretary of State. Although it is questionable whether Haley has the heft and experience to helm state trumps instinct that another candidate should be recruited is the right one.
Personal is policy.