A neoconservative foreign policy official who served in both Bush administrations was urging fellow Republicans to join Donald Trump’s presidency last week. After actually talking to Trump’s team, he reversed course.
Eliot Cohen, who is a professor at Johns Hopkins’ Henry Kissinger School of Advanced International Studies, penned a letter to “anxious” conservative Washington types last week in The American Spectator that sought to make sense of Trump’s election. He allowed that it was “dreadful,” but ultimately laid out an acceptable way for career officials who may be offered a job in the administration to do so.
The letter was significant around the Beltway because Cohen was behind a statement signed by Republican national security leaders last spring who said Trump was unfit to serve as president. It appeared he was hedging. Then, he actually talked to the Trump team.
Cohen told the Washington Post that a friend asked him to submit names of potential appointees. after the letter. The interaction produced this Tweet:
After exchange w Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They're angry, arrogant, screaming "you LOST!" Will be ugly.
— Eliot A Cohen (@EliotACohen) November 15, 2016
Cohen told the Post, “it became clear to me that they view jobs as lollipops, things you give out to good boys and girls.”
Before the inauguration in January, the transition team has to find 4,000 appointees. Sounds like there will be lots of licks.
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