Who could imagine that filling the post of VA Secretary could wind up running this long? President-Elect Donald Trump has given a good look at quite a few prospects, but nothing has panned out. This is not a last man standing event, and there are still some very good candidates out there. Read on to find out this writer’s pick.
As Written By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
Between the election and Christmas, Donald Trump’s pace at nominating Cabinet officials remained steady, and roughly equivalent to the transitions of his successors. With the inauguration just eleven days away, though, the transition has stalled on the final two spots since the holiday. The Agriculture spot does not have any particular significance to Trump’s campaign agenda, but the Department of Veteran Affairs was a central issue for Trump in both the primaries and in the general election. So far Trump has yet to name a replacement for VA Secretary Robert McDonald, but the Washington Post reports that it’s not for lack of trying:
In recent weeks, Trump has met with retired military leaders, politicians and health-care executives, some of whom would help diversify a Cabinet he is under pressure from some on his team to make more inclusive. He has met with some candidates multiple times and extended preliminary offers to others. Yet several qualified contenders have turned him down.
Reince Priebus, Trump’s incoming chief of staff, has urged the president-elect to expand the VA search to more women and minorities, according to a source close to the transition who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss internal discussions publicly.
Trump met last week with Leo MacKay Jr., a senior vice president at Lockheed Martin who was a deputy VA secretary under President George W. Bush. But MacKay, who is black, is reluctant to leave the private sector, the source said. In December, Trump officials approached Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, the first woman and African American to become a four-star admiral. But she declined to pursue the post.
Hmmmm. Why wouldn’t these two candidates jump at the opportunity to lead a ………
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