President-elect Donald Trump has been working overtime to fill his cabinet with the brightest pool of talent imaginable.
As part of that process, former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was under consideration for secretary of veterans affairs, a close Palin aide and a top Donald Trump transition official told ABC News.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is our largest government agency, with over 300,000 federal employees and a 2017 budget of $182 billion. Palin has a history of managing budgets, eliminating waste and supporting veterans affairs.
She has been also critical of President Barack Obama’s treatment of veterans and has given speeches outlining specific plans for VA reform, including improved health care, job retraining and benefits.
Palin has reportedly been gunning for the VA post for some time, according to USA Today. After the story broke that Palin was under consideration, she shared a video touting her commitment to veterans and included a message of support from son-in-law Dakota Meyer, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Palin’s passion for reforming U.S. policy doesn’t stop with the VA. She believes strongly in development of American resources to supply American needs and has been talked about for energy secretary and secretary of the interior.
Earlier this month, she posted on Facebook about her “Drill, baby, drill” energy philosophy.
“NOW is the time to shut off the Saudi oil cartel flow valve and develop our own God-given natural resources. The only excuse not to become energy independent is a political excuse,” she wrote.
The Daily Caller reported that veterans advocate and Fox news contributor Pete Hegseth was also under consideration. A respected voice in the movement for VA reform, Hegseth would be a solid choice. He met with Trump on Tuesday.
“I know that they’re close and that she’s been a great, loyal friend and adviser to him throughout the campaign, but I haven’t seen her as part of the cabinet mix,” Conway said.
Apparently, that’s changed — at least according to ABC News.
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