CHARLOTTE, NC, December 1, 2016 – The media, Trump supporters and news media are all in a furor over the possibility that Trump would mend fences with Romne and appoint him Secretary of State. Romney is certainly a controversial choice given his position against Trump during the campaign season, but should that be a disqualifier if he is the most qualified?
For now there are three other solid contenders for the job besides Romney; former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, ex-CIA director, General David Petraeus and chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, Bob Corker (R-TENN).
Trump’s closest allies, including former campaign manager Kelly Anne Conway, have been critical of the president-elect for considering Romney.
But there is another side to the story which could also go a long way toward getting a better read on Trump’s methodology.
In sport, the most qualified indidual wins the position, regardless of race, creed or anything else. Promotions in private business happen when individuals excel. The point is that the entire organization benefits when the most qualified candidate is selected.
If Donald Trump, after consulting with his transition team, reaches the conclusion that Mitt Romney is the best person for the job of secretary of state, then shouldn’t that be the person he selects? Why opt for someone with lesser credentials just to make dissenters happy? If someone is qualified, give that person the job regardless of race, gender or other politically correct modifiers.
Romney is also a business man. The two leaders will be able to communicate and, most of all, negotiate. They speak the same language.
Though we will never know for sure, Romney probably would have been a good president. Bad candidate true, but qualified for the office of POTUS nonetheless.
If Trump has the ability to “bury the hatchet” then why not give Romney a chance to see what he can do? Trump is known for saying “You’re fired.” He is not afraid to do it if he does not get the results he wants.
Some say that is a slam to Giuliani who was so loyal during the campaign. Perhaps, but there could be other reasons as well. Health issues and the demands of travel can take on a major toll on a secretary of state. And Giuliana may not wish to continue to serve at that level of committment.
Trump will reward those who helped him achieve the presidency, but, at the same time, he became a billionaire by making good decisions and understanding how to utilize the best talents his people have to offer.
There has been no better example than the deal Trump struck with Carrier to keep 1,000 jobs in the United States. He accomplished that before the inauguration.
Barack Obama would have been on the golf course.
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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
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