Eric Bolling was one of Donald Trump’s earliest supporters. Now, the co-host of “The Five” could be leaving television to work in the Trump administration.
According to a report from Politico, sources within the transition team have said that Bolling is being considered for a position within the Commerce Department by Trump.
The outspoken Bolling has been a staple on the Fox News show for years, even saving “The Five” co-host Bob Beckel’s life by giving him the Heimlich maneuver when he was choking on a shrimp. However, he appears to be interested in the position, as he’s been confirmed to have visited Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday and is believed to have made a second visit Friday.
“At this time I can’t confirm anything,” Bolling said. “I’m sure you understand.” Fox News and representatives from the Trump administration also refrained from comment.
A graduate of Rollins College with a degree in economics, Bolling also completed a fellowship in public policy from Duke University. A commodities trader, he’s also served five years on the board of directors for the New York Mercantile Exchange. After a spell at CNBC, Bolling joined the Fox News team back in 2008.
It seems unlikely that “The Five” host will get the plum job of secretary of commerce. That seems most likely to go to Lew Eisenberg, the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. However, a high-level job in Commerce would show yet again that a Trump administration is willing to look outside of the box in terms of appointees.
We’ve already seen a list of possible appointees for secretary of state that range all over the Republican spectrum, from Mitt Romney to John Bolton. Mike Pompeo as CIA director proves that Trump is about to get serious about Iran and the Islamic State group. He’s proven that he’s willing to give those who distanced themselves from his campaign during the election season a chance by considering outgoing New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte for several positions.
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