Multiple media outlets are reporting that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is under consideration to be appointed by President-elect Donald Trump as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
via ABC News:
Sarah Palin is under consideration for secretary of veterans affairs, a close Palin aide and a top Donald Trump transition official tell ABC News.
The Palin aide tells ABC News that in “recent days,” Palin told Trump transition officials: "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 VA is the largest government agency with over 300,000 federal employees and a budget of $182 billion for 2017.
The former GOP vice-presidential nominee has not been to Trump Tower to meet with the president-elect, but she was one of his earliest and most high-profile endorsers. The Palin aide says Palin has had discussions with the transition team, and the top transition official confirms this. (ABC News)
Donald Trump is considering tapping former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin as his secretary of Veterans Affairs, according to two Trump transition sources.
Palin was an early endorser of Trump, throwing her support to him before the Iowa caucuses, making her one of his highest profile backers at the time. “Are you ready for the leader to make America great again?” she said then.
Palin, who, like Trump, has been a lightning rod for liberal criticism, campaigned for Trump through the campaign’s final days, including in Michigan.
Among her chief competitors for the Veterans Affairs post, according to one transition source, is former Sen. Scott Brown, another relatively early Trump backer, who visited the president-elect in Trump Tower earlier this month.
Palin has previously been linked to a possible spot as head of the Department of the Interior, including on an early document that was circulated among transition officials.
Steve Bannon, who will serve as Trump’s chief strategist in the White House, has been among Palin’s cheerleaders for years, featuring her in a 2011 documentary called The Undefeated. (Politico)
Sarah Palin is interested in becoming Veterans Affairs secretary and may be considered for the position, a source close to the former Alaska governor told NBC News.
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has been in touch with Palin, raising the possibility that it could consider her for the post, the source told NBC.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has faced accusations of mismanagement and inefficiency, particularly after long wait times were discovered at some veterans’ health facilities.
On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly pledged to take better care of veterans if he won the presidency. (CNBC)
The United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs is the head of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the department concerned with veterans’ benefits, health care, and national veterans’ memorials and cemeteries. The Secretary is a member of the Cabinet and second to last at sixteenth in the line of succession to the presidency. (Wikipedia)