As reported by the Associated Press, it was revealed today that Rudy Giuliani would no longer be considered for a position in the upcoming Trump administration cabinet. This comes as a surprise, as long time Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani was under consideration to be the next United States Secretary of state.
Although – truth be told – this, perhaps, shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise. Over the last few weeks, Trump has discarded a number of his most prominent supporters, putting in place even more conservative figures, as well as representatives of Wall Street and the banking industry.
According to RNN, at one point Chris Christie was managing the transition team for the incoming Trump Administration. In fact, he was even considered for the vice presidency prior to Mike Pence. However, Christie’s earlier opposition during the Republican primary campaign and distancing himself from Trump during one of Donald Trump’s patented scandals made him persona non grata.
Of course, in Chris Christie’s case there was also the fact that Christie had prosecuted the father of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, successfully sending him to prison. Kushner apparently carried out a purge of Christie and his supporters following the campaign.
Issues with Trump Giuliani
Cabinet positions usually require someone who fits the needs of the job, but it could easily be argued that Rudy Giuliani as Secretary of State would have been as out of place as a sumo wrestler at a performance of Swan Lake. Listening to his speech at the Republican national convention, it’s obvious Giuliani doesn’t exactly have a diplomatic demeanor.
But regardless of the reason, Trump seems to be reconsidering Mitt Romney for the position of Secretary of State. This, despite the fact that Romney himself was one of Trump’s harshest critics during the campaign. But with Romney showing up on Trump’s doorstep and essentially kissing Trump’s ring, he seems to be the front runner.
From an elitist Republican perspective, Romney does have the patrician bearing and appearance that a United States Secretary of State is supposed to have. And whatever negatives he might bring to the table, at least he has some experience in government – which is more than can be said for some of Trump’s other potential candidates for Secretary of State.
Giuliani may be out – and Romney in – as Secretary of State, but whoever the next United States Secretary of State might turn out to be, he or she is going to be faced with a multitude of problems. Not the least of which is Donald Trump himself.
Foreign Policy À la Trump
Giuliani cabinet decisions aside, Trump has repeatedly demonstrated he has absolutely no instincts for international relations or any understanding of the current International situation, either militarily, economically or politically.
So whoever Donald Trump does choose as Secretary of State, this individual will have to face the possibly insurmountable problem of trying to build a diplomatic firewall between Donald Trump and actual foreign policy implementation. Already – even before sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office – Trump has managed to antagonize both allies and adversaries alike.
Trump’s decision to have a phone chat with the president of Taiwan threw a monkey wrench into United States relations with China. For decades now, the United States has stood by in 1979 agreement with China in which we would have no “official” interaction with the Taiwanese government. China – in turn – tacitly agreed not to invade the tiny island nation.
According to the Associated Press, Trump’s bluster about NATO has our NATO allies concerned that the United States might not actually stand by them in the event of a Russian attack – in the Baltics for instance. The same could be said about Trump’s comments concerning our principal ally in the Pacific, Japan.
And Donald Trump’s willingness to embrace dictatorships – from Russia and Pakistan to the Philippines and even North Korea – seems to reveal in Trump a certain fondness for totalitarian states. So regardless of the Trump Giuliani cabinet decision, whoever does become Secretary of State will probably have his or her hands full handling one Trump generated crisis after another.
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