In choosing key members of his administration, President-elect Donald Trump is also choosing a tone and direction.
That is why this is such a closely watched, and worrisome transition. We are getting our first look at the true Trump — the man who will be the free world’s leader, and whose decisions and diplomacy will affect us personally and impact the stature of our country. This is when we begin to find out what the future holds.
So far, Trump’s selections have held to the tenor of his candidacy. Our unpredictable future president has veered from dismayingly tone-deaf in selecting far-right media executive Steve Bannon for chief strategist; to decidedly hard-line in choosing retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Secretary of Defense, who already enjoys broad bipartisan support; to interestingly open for tapping South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for United Nations ambassador.
Two Republicans with strong political ties to our state, Mitt Romney and Scott Brown, would bring needed credentials to the president-elect’s inner circle.
Both are principled, experienced and — particularly in Brown’s case — well matched to the offices they seek.