Friday, November 25, 2016

What did Donald Trump Do Today?

He allowed infighting between two hostile camps coalescing within his transition team to spill out into the press.

The debate over whether Trump should offer the Secretary of State job to Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani now seems to be oriented around whether Giuliani should be "rewarded" with the job for his political loyalty, or whether Romney should be forced to accept humble himself by issuing a public apology to Trump before being offered the post.

Romney and Trump made no secret of their mutual disdain for one another during the campaign. Trump bragged that Romney "would have dropped to his knees" in exchange for Trump's support in 2012, while Romney called Trump a "phony and a fraud" in remarks aimed at knocking Trump out of the 2016 race.

So who cares about this?

  • The Secretary of State's job is too important to be given out as a political plum.
  • Factions appearing in a president-elect's handpicked transition team within three weeks of the election is not a good sign.
  • Presidents should probably be above needing to see their political rivals publicly shame themselves for opposing them.