Top Six Trump Surrogates Who Were Passed Over for Jobs in the Administration
If you speculated about future Trump appointments this past October and you had Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Sean Spicer as press secretary, Ronna Romney as head of the RNC, Senator Dan Coats as the director of national intelligence, and Reince Priebus as chief of staff, please call me with your Super Bowl pick ASAP.
Part of the reason the above choices were not expected was that there were people who were openly campaigning for each of those jobs who were regular surrogates for the Trump campaign.
One of the seemingly valid criticisms of Donald Trump was his supposed inability to accept constructive criticism. He surrounded himself with sycophants who reassured him constantly of his greatness.
But you don’t have to love every single one of his cabinet and top appointment picks to agree the administration is refreshingly free of such people—maybe even less than usual.
So let's look at the Trump surrogates the president-elect pass over for jobs in the administration.
6. Mike Huckabee
Huckabee stands in here for every evangelical “leader” who poo-poohed the Billy Bush tape as in the realm of normal behavior, after getting on their high horses about Bill Clinton’s attitudes toward women.
But unlike Robert Jeffress and Jerry Falwell Jr., Huckabee was in the discussion for an administration job and visited Trump Tower during auditions—and was talked about for the next five minutes before being rejected. (Though his daughter landed a White House advisor role.)
As for his old job, even with Megyn Kelly leaving a hole, it’s hard to see where he fits into a new Fox lineup.