Trump Mulling Woman, Gay Man for Leadership Roles
President-elect Donald Trump is considering placing a woman and a gay man in separate leadership posts within his administration, states a new report.
The Hill reports:
Trump’s potential picks would add diversity to his appointments. He’ll need to name a new Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman after elevating Reince Priebus, the current chairman, to be his chief of staff. He’s also considering picks for the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Associated Press said Monday.
Trump’s transition team is weighing hundreds of candidates for the world’s most powerful government ahead of the Republican’s inauguration in January.
Trump may tap Richard Grenell as America’s diplomat to the U.N., the AP said, making him the first openly gay person to fill a Cabinet-level foreign policy position if confirmed by the Senate. Green previously served as U.S. spokesman to the U.N. under former President George W. Bush.
Trump is also pondering whether Michigan GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel could become the next RNC chair. McDaniel is 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s niece and would be the first woman in charge of the national party in decades.
“I’ll be interested in whatever Mr. Trump wants,” she told the AP, adding that she plans on seeking the Michigan GOP chairmanship again.
The AP said Grenell and McDaniel could help soothe concerns among women and LGBT Americans about Trump’s administration.
McDaniel leading the GOP’s political apparatus, for example, could placate women who found Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail demeaning.
Grenell, meanwhile, could calm LGBT fears related to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who opposed same-sex marriage as the Republican governor of Indiana.
Trump on Sunday named Priebus his White House chief of staff and presidential campaign CEO Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor.
Priebus’s appointment was widely interpreted as an olive branch to establishment Republicans, while Bannon’s was meant to please Trump’s grassroots conservative supporters.
Critics from both sides of the aisle, however, greeted Bannon’s role with alarm Monday, due to his work as the former chairman of Breitbart News.
Detractors say Breitbart is a platform for the “alt-right,” an ideology that champions white nationalism, anti-Semitism and a distrust of multiculturalism.
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