Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and current “senior advisor” has been having a public kinnipfit over the very notion that Mitt Romney could be appointed “Secretary of State” by president elect Trump. This is unusual by all accounts and some have wondered whether Kellyanne is just jealous or whether she is part of a coordinated take down/public humiliation (along with Mr Trump himself) of Mitt Romney – a retaliation for the take down Mr Romney did of Mr Trump during the presidential campaign.
Kellyanne’s beef with Romney seems to be that he is not “loyal” to Mr Trump. Well, I agree with her in part. I also think Mitt was very…I don’t even know if the word is “loyal” at this point because there has to be a certain type of relationship in the first place where loyalty can be expected in the second. And I don’t think Trump and Mitt had such a relationship. But Mitt did throw Trump under the bus when Trump was in need of friends. And had this been a different situation or a different guy, this hurl and toss would have been fatal.
Didn’t work on Trump, as we can all discern.
My big thing is, what in the world would possess Trump to summon Mitt to Bedminister to discuss the most important job in his cabinet after what Mitt did to Trump? It is not even about loyalty. Because LOYALTY TO THE PRESIDENT, KELLYANNE, IS NOT A JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE JOB OF SECRETARY OF STATE.
Indeed, from John Jay to John Kerry it looks like the United States has had 68 individuals who have had the title of “Secretary of State.” The list includes the likes of people like Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, Alexander Haig, Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice and Hillary Clinton. Did any of these people get their jobs because of “loyalty” to the president who appointed them? Well, look, maybe as a threshold matter, they did. I don’t think any president appointed any of these people if he did not think that at the threshold, this person would be loyal to him. But it is so much more, Kellyanne, than just that and you should make a wider argument, not so much against Mitt but for some other candidate.
And please, let it not be Rudy Giuliani because while he was arguably loyal to Trump, I am not fully persuaded that he possesses the requisite characteristics essential to the job. First of all, he is not an expert on Foreign Relations.
How does a person become Secretary of State? According to this article I just read:
In the United States, it’s a political and public office held by a representative of the people, who is also an expert on foreign relations. Technically, if you take a look at the position of the Secretary of State, the person holding the position is the highest ranking member of the cabinet and the 3rd ranked in the hierarchy pyramid following the President and the Vice-
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/how-to-become-a-secretary-of-state.html
Emphasis, I think, should be given to the parts about “expert on foreign relations” and “representative of the people.” In other words, the person who holds this job should be more concerned about being loyal to the American people than to being loyal to the president who appoints him or her. And he or she must, a threshold matter, be an expert in foreign relations.
Rudy Giuliani is neither of those things.
What are the duties of the Secretary of State? According to this website, the duties of the secretary of state include the following:
Serves as the President’s principal adviser on U.S. foreign policy;
- Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;
- Grants and issues passports to American citizens and exequaturs to foreign consuls in the United States;
- Advises the President on the appointment of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other diplomatic representatives;
- Advises the President regarding the acceptance, recall, and dismissal of the representatives of foreign governments;
- Personally participates in or directs U.S. representatives to international conferences, organizations, and agencies;
- Negotiates, interprets, and terminates treaties and agreements;
- Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests in foreign countries;
- Supervises the administration of U.S. immigration laws abroad;
- Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural, and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
- Informs the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;
- Promotes beneficial economic intercourse between the United States and other countries;
- Administers the Department of State;
- Supervises the Foreign Service of the United States.
Nothing in this bit goes to this issue of loyalty to the president, btw. It seems more about advising the president (in an objective fashion impliedly) and negotiating deals and ensuring the best interest of the United States in international affairs. Again, I don’t think Rudy is the best qualified here. His loyalty to the president is commendable but he does not possess the right CV for this post.
So what is my point? I guess I am saying that Kellyanne is jealous and she wants the job for herself. And really, if he could consider giving it to two unqualified men, he can also give it to Kellyanne even though she is also unqualified, and in spite of the fact that she is a woman – cause at least she speaks well.
My money is still on Trump picking a stunner like Bernie Sanders. (But is Bernie technically qualified? I leave it to ya’all to decide.)