Trump is eyeing Sarah Palin to lead the charge for his VA reform campaign promise.
President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly eyeing Sarah Palin for VA Secretary, a position that is expected to lead the federal government’s largest agency with 300,000 staff to reform the country’s veterans affairs, as Trump promised during his campaign.
ABC News reported Wednesday:
The Palin aide tells ABC News that in “recent days,” Palin told Trump transition officials: “I feel as though the megaphone I have been provided can be used in a productive and positive way to help those desperately in need.”
The VA is the largest government agency with over 300,000 federal employees and a budget of $182 billion for 2017.
Palin’s son-in-law, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, posted a SarahPAC video to his Facebook page earlier this week that heavily focuses on her work with veterans and her specific connection to the community. Her eldest son, Track, is a veteran who served in Iraq in 2008. The video, which is not new, seems to clearly show her interest in the position, and in the speech, she hits the VA “bureaucracy,” saying it is “killing our vets.”
The speech included Palin’s ideas on reforming the VA including improved health care, using military skills to return to the workforce and securing their benefits. The speech also included a hit at the current president.
“Stop blaming the victim and wake up, Mr. President,” she said. “While Christians bow our heads to pray for you, radical Islamists want to cut off your head. The only thing standing between us and savages, it’s the red white and blue, it’s the United States military! And if you love freedom, thank a vet! Thank them. Honor them.”
The former GOP vice-presidential nominee has not been to Trump Tower to meet with the president-elect, but she was one of his earliest and most high-profile endorsers. The Palin aide says Palin has had discussions with the transition team, and the top transition official confirms this.
After ABC News reported on Palin being under consideration for the VA secretary position, she posted a message on Facebook, which she then tweeted, writing in part, “We should be grateful we’ll soon have a commander-in-chief who will champion our vets and honor the promises our nation made.”
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— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) November 30, 2016