The initial intrigue surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Secretary of State is drifting off into the land of frustration. Conservatives who previously had their interest piqued waiting to see who would be tapped for the key post are less than fond of shameless, name-calling Trump detractor former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Watch as Romney lopes away from questioning reporters after meeting with Trump.
The fact that the duplicitous Romney traveled to Arizona on multiple occasions to support John McCain‘s re-re-re-re-re-reelection for another 6-year senate term in his 80’s, does little to win him praise from Trump’s stalwart base. McCain withdrew his lukewarm endorsement of Trump prior to the presidential election. Jeff Flake, show-boater extraordinaire, refused to endorse the Republican nominee.
Also under consideration for Secretary of State is David Petraeus, former general and C.I.A director, who has also met with Trump. Still on probation (Court Order linked in news report) for revealing classified information, he would need authorization to move to D.C. But the real deal breaker is his teaming up with former AZ U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford’s hypocritical husband Mark Kelly, to form a gun control group, bearing the slick sounding name, “The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense.” Let’s face facts, evidence of “common sense” flies out the window when the Second Amendment is constrained. Bearing Arms uses some tough but accurate language to describe the new gun control group for veterans.
John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations or Rudy Giuliani, a steadfast Trump loyalist and former New York City mayor are much better choices than either Mitt Romney or David Petraeus.
After liberal heads were spinning following Donald Trump’s exercise of diplomacy in his phone call with the president of Taiwan, John Bolton summed the move up perfectly, saying “the president of the United States will talk to whomever he wants if he thinks it’s in the interest of the United States, and nobody in Beijing gets to dictate who we talk to.” Trump later tweeted “Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!”
Godfather enthusiasts will recall Michael Corleone saying, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” In some circumstances there might be some validity to that adage, but not when you’re the President of the United States and selecting a top adviser. Trustworthiness and loyalty should also be considerations.