(This post was based on multiple credible sources when first published, but sources close to the Trump organization have since denied that Gov. Huckabee had been or would be offered the ambassadorship to Israel as had been reported. For whatever it’s worth, we think Gov. Huckabee, who has always been a strong friend of Israel, would serve admirably in such a post. — Ed. Note)
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee could have a future in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
Based on a report from The Jerusalem Post, The International Business Times reported that Trump planned to appoint Huckabee as the next ambassador to Israel.
The Post reported that several members of Trump’s transition team confirmed the former governor would assume the post once Trump takes office in January.
Breitbart also published the same report, adding that Hogan Gidley, who served as Huckabee’s communications director, said that Trump was considering Huckabee for a number of possible positions in his administration.
Gil Hofman, The Jerusalem Post’s chief political correspondent, also said he heard from a good source that Huckabee was being considered for the ambassadorship.
Exclusive: Heard from good source who spoke 2 multiple people on Trump transition team that next US ambassador 2 Israel = @GovMikeHuckabee.
— Gil Hoffman (@Gil_Hoffman) November 17, 2016
The former Republican presidential candidate has always been a strong supporter of Israel and a harsh critic of President Barack Obama. Huckabee took special aim at Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, claiming the agreement was “marching the Israelis to the door of the oven,” that it was a bad deal for America and Israel.
Huckabee was also an early supporter of Trump after withdrawing from the race himself. He suggested that Trump’s win meant voters were fed up with the failed policies of Obama, both foreign and domestic.
If this report is true, Huckabee might get to have a hand in establishing more advantageous policies while maintaining a positive relationship with an important ally.
Huckabee became lieutenant governor of Arkansas in 1993. He became governor in 1996 when then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker was convicted of fraud. The former minister served full terms beginning in 1998 and 2002.
Huckabee has not immediately commented on the possibility that he will be serving on Trump’s team.
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