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.
Brown acknowledged his interest to reporters afterward, calling the VA “the toughest job in the Cabinet.”
“We obviously spoke about my passion and his passion, which [is] veterans and veterans issues,” Brown said, adding that Trump was “going to obviously take my application, interest under consideration.”
Trump also met this week with Pete Hegseth, a Fox News contributor and former head of a veterans advocacy group, Concerned Veterans for America.
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SOURCE: Politico, Shane Goldmacher and Andrew Restuccia