President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is seriously discussing the possibility of giving former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin a cabinet position, Politico reported Wednesday.
The Trump campaign is floating the idea of tapping the former Alaskan governor as Trump’s interior secretary. Palin has made no secret about her interest in holding a position in a Trump administration.
“If I were head of that, I’d get rid of it,” Palin said in an interview in September, referring to the Department of Energy. She said abolishing the department would give states greater control of energy policy within their borders.
Palin said she would commit to moving the U.S. away from foreign forms of oi and gas and toward domestic energy.
“Energy is my baby,” the former vice presidential nominee said. “Oil and gas and minerals — those things that God has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unkind foreign nations for us to import their resources.”
The transition team, Politico reported, is also considering Lucas Oil co-founder Forrest Lucas, and Arizona Gov. Janet Brewer, a Republican, for the position. Lucas, who’s company is a giant in the fracking industry, is considered one of Trump’s top contenders for the job.
The former reality TV star turned president-elect is also expected to reward his cabal of surrogates during the presidential campaign — former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Gov. Chris Christie, for instance, are all being vetted for top posts.
A small number of Republican politicians are also being considered, including Sen. Bob Corker for secretary of state or Sen. Jeff Sessions for secretary of defense. The transition team is made up of people associated with Christie and Session’s camps.
Gingrich is a candidate for secretary of state, as is Corker, current chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Palin, who served as Sen. John McCain’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, tossed her support behind Trump in January, telling her followers on Facebook that she was “proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for president.”
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