Thomas Gallatin / November 28, 2016

Team Trump’s Latest Additions

His latest appointments are both solid choices.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley accepted Donald Trump’s appointment of ambassador to the United Nations. While some have questioned both Trump’s offer and Haley’s acceptance, it may best be described as a mutually beneficial agreement — or as Trump would say, a “good deal.” Haley is a rising star in the GOP and this appointment would give her more national notoriety. In other words, for the term-limited governor, this move is a logical next step for her career. For Trump, this move should be encouraging to those conservatives who are still hesitantly supportive, as this is yet another solid choice. It’s also a sign of his magnanimity after Haley’s thinly veiled criticism of Trump in her State of the Union rebuttal.

Trump also tapped Betsy DeVos as his secretary of education. DeVos didn’t support Trump during the primaries, and said of him in July, “A lot of the things he has said are very off-putting and concerning.” She was also a delegate for Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the GOP convention. But she obviously warmed to Trump. DeVos, a former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman, has been a strong advocate for school choice for over 20 years, helping to push through Michigan’s charter school bill in 1993. Trump stated upon nominating her, “She is passionate about the prospect of making sure that every child in every family, regardless of their economic circumstances, has an opportunity to go to a good school.” Interestingly, she’s the mother of four children, none of whom attended public school.

With both appointments, Trump has shown the ability to look beyond past disagreements in order to find those he believes will be best for the job. This may be one of the strongest qualities he has displayed thus far.

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