Monday, November 21, 2016

Trump Is Interviewing an Eclectic Group

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Say what you will about Trump but he's going outside the box on some of these interviews.

The latest is Bernie supporter and former ranking member of the DNC who left when the Wikileaks emails exposing Debbie Wasserman Schultz's rigging of the election against Bernie were released. Tulsi Gabbard is a congresswoman from Hawaii and is a liberal but she has an independent streak that seems to appeal to Trump.

Supposedly Trump is considering her for the UN Ambassador job and I think she would be good at it but comments like this will be hard for Trump to go that direction:

"I felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government—a war which has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families."
A) Neocons have had nothing to say about this because neocons don't exist except in the minds of liberals and B) Obama has been pussyfooting around to the point that he gave Putin and opening. The Russians saw that we have gained hard won experience over the last 15 years and he wanted to test out his new military equipment in real life situations. Obama allowed him that opportunity. 

Hiring Gabbard for that position would be a nice overture to the Bernie supporters but in the long run would mean nothing substantial. On the flip side, Ambassador to the UN is a job that does not really effect policy. 

Of more importance is the job of Secretary of Defense. Every single vet and active duty person is hoping that "Mad Dog" Mattis gets the nod. This guy is the real deal and has the respect of every Marine I know. That tells me all I need to know. This guy cares about those who serve and as a dad of an active duty air man, I want this guy. I served during the Clinton years and we didn't have that. He will counsel Trump wisely. Plus, Trump would do exactly what he's been doing for the entire election cycle: going against what the media wants and expects

Finally we have Trump talking to Mitt Romney. I respect that as well. He's trying to mend fences with the establishment wing of the party. Whether Romney will take a job as Secretary of State is a question without an answer but I think he'd be good at it. He's smart and has a level head. He won;t spout inane statements like Kerry but me more in the mold of Condoleeza Rice. 

Whomever he chooses, you can't say he didn't expand out and talk with a lot of different people. Here's to hoping he selects well and has the humility to listen to them. 

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