President Trump is continuing to fight for our country, and he’s not afraid to enlist the help of past critics and rivals in order to help “Make America Great Again.”
Unlike Obama, who surrounded himself with toadies and sycophants, President Trump has not shied away from working with those who previously aired grievances with him, and is focused on hiring the best person for whatever task is at hand.
Two great examples of Trump’s willingness to work with former foes are Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Anthony Scaramucci.
Previously, Huntsman had called on Trump to drop out of the presidential race after the “Access Hollywood” leaked video surfaced, but now he’s been nominated by President Trump himself to be the U.S. ambassador to Russia.
Scaramucci had sharply criticized Trump in 2015, but was hired to lead the White House communications team on Friday of this week.
Rick Perry and Nikki Haley are other examples of President Trump reaching out to those who have not always been in his corner, as he is intent on doing everything he can for America.
Nine months ago, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race over the bombshell “Access Hollywood” video.
Fast-forward to this week and Trump, now president, has nominated Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia.
Back in 2015, one Anthony Scaramucci called Trump a “hack politician.”
On Friday, he was hired to lead the White House communications team.
For a president often caricatured in the media as someone who surrounds himself with sycophants and yes-men, Trump has not shied away from tapping former critics.
Trump unquestionably values loyalty – and can be ruthless to those, like Attorney General Jeff Sessions with his Russia probe recusal, seen as undercutting his authority.
But appointments like Huntsman’s and Scaramucci’s show a willingness to set aside past feuds.
Even if done out of necessity – the pool of candidates who did not at one point criticize his candidacy or presidency is more like a puddle – the result is a team that includes former rivals as well as longtime loyalists, even in this turbulent time.
“President Trump’s goals today are identical to the promises he made while on the campaign trail,” Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime attorney, told Fox News.
“Priority one is to make America great again, even if that means choosing an individual who was critical of him early on. This is what leaders do.”
Scaramucci and Trump clearly have made amends since 2015, with the Wall Street financier acting as a forceful surrogate during the 2016 campaign and transition.
Addressing the press from the briefing room podium on Friday, he made sure to say he’s sorry — again — over his “hack” jab.
“Mr. President, if you’re listening, I apologize for the 50th time for saying that,” Scaramucci said.
“One of the biggest mistakes that I made, because I was an inexperienced person in the world of politics,” he said. “I was supporting another candidate. I should have never said that about him.”
There’s also Rick Perry, who famously referred to Trump during the campaign as a “cancer on conservatism.” Perry is now Trump’s secretary of Energy.
There’s Nikki Haley, who endorsed Marco Rubio for president and warned Republicans during the campaign not to “follow the siren call of the angriest voices.”
She’s ambassador to the United Nations, and in that role has been an unflinching advocate for the administration’s positions.
And there’s Huntsman, who called for then-vice presidential nominee Mike Pence to replace Trump on the ticket after lamenting how the contest had become a “race to the bottom.”
Should the Senate confirm him, Huntsman will become the president’s representative in Russia, whose meddling in the 2016 election and contacts with Trump’s associates are at the root of the political and legal crisis facing the administration.
From Fox News