One of the most important jobs in any presidential administration is that of Secretary of State. The holder of that position serves as America’s top diplomat around the world and the job is often held by those hoping to use the post as a springboard to higher office at some point in their careers. An argument could be made that the job is the most important cabinet position since whoever holds the office is fourth in the line of presidential succession.
President-elect Donald Trump has yet to name his choice for Secretary of State. A number of interesting names have been floated as possible picks: Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Bob Corker, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and retired General David Patraeus.
But as important as the job may be from an historical perspective, we are now living in strange times. A TV celebrity, with no governing experience, whose only foreign policy goal seems to be how best to promote his business interests, will soon be occupying the White House
Some political observers are wondering if the position of Secretary of State will be as critical in a Trump administration as in days past. In fact, one Republican analyst, Ana Navarro, has observed the nation no longer needs a Secretary of State.
Navarro tweeted: “Let’s stop obsessing over who’ll be Secretary of State. We don’t need one. Our Twitter-in-Chief can set foreign policy in 140 characters.”
As amusing as Navarro’s comment may be, it is painfully very close to the truth.
We may be looking at the first president who will conduct his foreign policy by way of social media. It is very possible the main function for the next Secretary of State will be to put out diplomatic fires initiated by a Trump tweet.
Who would want such a job? Certainly not any one in their right mind!
Only a diehard Trump flunky could possible consider such a thankless, seemingly impossible, job. Only someone who has spent a lot of time defending Trumpism, in all its shades of inanity, would be willing to humiliate himself on an international stage.
It looks very likely our next Secretary of State will be “Mayor 9-11” himself … by default.
Also, Giuliani has been accused of not bing in his right mind for quite some time.
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