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Trump Considering Sarah Palin for Secretary of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest government agency.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest government agency.

By Sheryl Estrada

President-elect Donald Trump, a former reality TV star, may choose another reality TV star, Sarah Palin, for a top cabinet position.

A close Palin aide and a top Trump transition official said the former Alaska governor is being considered for the role of secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs, according to an ABC News report. The transition official confirmed that Palin has had discussions with the transition team.

“I feel as though the megaphone I have been provided can be used in a productive and positive way to help those desperately in need,” the Tea Party champion recently told Trump transition officials.

On Wednesday, Palin shared on her Facebook page her son-in-law and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s post, which includes a link to the ABC News report, a SarahPAC video and the following message:

“We should be grateful we’ll soon have a commander-in-chief who will champion our vets and honor the promises our nation made; a pro-private sector individual who surely understands bigger government is NOT the answer; a president who promised to drain the swamp and clean up all government corruption… all things our vets and active duty troops deserve.”

She also shared the Facebook message and article on her Twitter account:

The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest government agency, with more than 300,000 federal employees and a budget of $182 billion for 2017, ABC News reports.

The current secretary, Robert A. McDonald, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 29, 2014. McDonald, a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, is an Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point in the top 2 percent of the class of 1975. McDonald served as the Brigade Adjutant for the Corps of Cadets and was recognized by The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing, and Commerce as the most distinguished graduate in academics, leadership and physical education.

Palin, the first Republican woman nominated for the vice presidency in 2008, served as the ninth governor of Alaska from 2006 until her resignation in 2009. From 2010 to 2015, she provided political commentary for Fox News. Palin starred on the reality TV shows, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and “Amazing America with Sarah Palin.” She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in journalism from the University of Idaho.

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Similar to Trump, Palin prides herself as a maverick, going rouge from the political mainstream. During the 2008 election, she defied instructions from the Republican Party nominee Sen. John McCain. While Trump touted his ability to “drain the swamp,” both also used divisive rhetoric on the campaign trail.

Palin endorsed Trump for president in January in Iowa, prior to the state’s caucuses.

Also in the running for the VA position is former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who visited Trump Tower on November 21. Rep. Jeff Miller and Gen. Keith Kellogg are other names that have surfaced.

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During the presidential campaign, Trump found himself at odds with veterans groups, the population in which the secretary of veterans affairs serves.

At the Democratic National Convention in July, Khizr Khan, the father of an Iraq War veteran killed in action, admonished Trump for his hateful rhetoric and religious intolerance. As a result, Trump continuously insulted Khan and his wife, Ghazala. He demeaned all families who have lost loved ones in combat by touting his hard work, success and charitable giving as comparable sacrifices.

Veterans groups rebuked Trump for his actions. In August, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Brian Duffy, the newly elected commander-in-chief, said, “Election year or not, the VFW will not tolerate anyone berating a Gold Star family member for exercising his or her right of speech or expression.”

The VFW statement said, in part:

“Trump has a history of lashing out after being attacked, but to ridicule a Gold Star Mother is out-of-bounds. … There are certain sacrosanct subjects that no amount of wordsmithing can repair once crossed. Giving one’s life to nation is the greatest sacrifice, followed closely by all Gold Star families, who have a right to make their voices heard.”

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12 comments


  • Really?

    1. What are Sara Palin’s qualifications for this position?

    2. Where are her advanced degrees?

    3. Where is her record of military service?

    4. How can she help the veterans if she doesn’t read
    magazines and newspapers?

    5. Didn’t she QUIT her last government position? How do we know
    she won’t QUIT her cabinet post some time in the future?

    • Her qualifications are that she has none and that will allow wholesale looting of the VA’s budget by “consultants” and “financiers”.

      • Charity Dell

        LUKE–I just HATE it when you are right! :-) LOL (sigh)
        The main thing that comes across from this “administration” is that NONE of those
        “chosen” are known for such basic virtues as Kindness, Benevolence, Goodness,
        Generosity, Philanthropy, Charity, or Humility.

        I will be content if any of these Swamp Supervisors would just adhere to this
        simple admonition:

        “First, do no harm.”

  • If “draining the swamp” hasn’t already gone totally by the wayside, selecting this corrupt nincompoop would do the trick. Our veterans deserve better, much better.

    • Charity Dell

      GRANNYBUNNY–

      The Swamp has, in fact, morphed into the Sinkhole Grande of the Eastern Seaboard.
      The “DC” after Washington now stands for “District of Chaos.”

  • If you look at all of the nominees for high government posts, they are not fans of the agency that they will lead or do not like the way things are ran. Social services agencies like Education and HUD will have to tighten the ship as any instances of waste, fraud, or abuse will be magnified as justification for cuts or elimination. For law enforcement and national security, these agencies will be given sharp teeth to address the concerns (read overblown) about terrorism and weakness of national security.

  • Cathy M. Jackson

    Looks like Trump did drain the swamp; all the swamp critters are coming into the light and straight into Cabinet posts.

  • You are all just jealous of Sarah Palin because she has super powers that you don’t possess…..

    She can see all the way to Russia from her house!

    On a slightly more serious note, this kind of behavior is nothing new. The current president has awarded unqualified allies with important posts as well.

  • General Mattis will ensure the VA is functioning properly. The DoD works hand in hand with the VA so I am sure he already has indicated his preference for a VA Secretary. I am sure that with Elizabeth Warren’s endorsement, Scott Brown will eventually end up as the Secretary. Then real change can begin. I am a VA employee and although Mr. McDonald has done a great job, we all know cabinet secretaries are all replaced and Scott Brown will carry the banner that Mr. McDonald has worked so hard transform. Vile comments by others about Sarah Palin, however, should look at themselves in the mirror and ask yourself what have you done for your country.

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