When Donald Trump was elected president, we looked forward to who he would add to his administration. If there’s one thing Trump has made clear, it’s that he knows how to surround himself with experts who can provide him with valuable advice. Has he?
Not everyone was unanimous in their praise for Jared Kushner’s expanded role or with Reince Priebus’ selection as Chief of Staff. Some were hoping for a greater number of true conservatives in the White House. That may be about to change.
From the Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he intends to bring on former Federal Election Commission member Hans von Spakovsky and former Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson to his administration.
Bailey Hutchinson was formally nominated to serve as ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and von Spakovsky will be appointed to serve on the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
Hutchinson will be filling her role at an especially tumultuous time for NATO:
Hutchinson,73, served as a Republican senator until 2012 when she decided to not run for re-election. “I am honored to be nominated by [President Trump] to be Ambassador for the United States to [NATO]..our most important security alliance,” Hutchinson said in a tweet.
President Trump will travel to a G20 summit in Germany next week and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters on Thursday that POTUS will make America’s commitment to the alliance clear.
Von Spakovksy is a popular figure in conservative circles:
Von Spakovksy’s nomination is sure to please conservatives. He is currently a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and part of his work there is concentrating on voter fraud.
He wrote in a December 2016 op-ed with John Fund that “there is a real chance that significant numbers of noncitizens and others are indeed voting illegally, perhaps enough to make up the margin in some elections.”
The move comes as Trump moved to investigate the possibility that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 election. Although the investigation is fiercely resisted by Democrats, it’s important that citizens have confidence in the integrity of our elections processes. Von Skakvosky’s work could go a long way in fixing any problems currently plaguing the system.
As the consummate businessman, we would expect Trump to be particularly adept at hiring. We just wish it was moving a little more quickly.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]