Will Sarah Palin Be Donald Trump's Interior Secretary? Her Loyalty May Be Rewarded
It hasn't even been 24 hours since Donald Trump was named the president-elect of the United States, and people are already speculating about who the man is going to name to his cabinet. Maybe it's because he has been so evasive about what many of his plans are for the future of our country, or maybe it's because Trump is the among the rare president-elects in history to have never held an elected office. Either way, I don't blame people for starting to speculate. The entire country is waiting patiently (or trying to) to see who Trump picks as his main advisors as he embarks on his potential term as president. And one name being thrown around? Sarah Palin, the former vice president nominee for the Republican Party and long-time Trump loyalist. But will Palin be the Interior secretary? Some people are speculating that she might get a seat at the Trump table soon enough.
It was POLITICO who reported on Trump's possible cabinet lineup, naming a number of people who have supported Trump over the past two years as possible members. The website wrote that Trump is "expected to reward the band of surrogates who stood by him during the bruising presidential campaign" with positions of power, "including Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and Chris Christie."
But when it comes to women to include, POLITICO also reported that Trump is coming up relatively empty. That's why Palin's name has started cropping up in speculative talks about who will fill certain roles, like the Secretary of the Interior or his Secretary of Energy. Palin was eager to talk about the idea of having a place in Trump's cabinet as far back as September 2015. At the time, she told CNN, "Energy is my baby. Oil and gas and minerals — those things that God has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind's use instead of us relying on unkind foreign nations for us to import their resources." Of course, what Palin is maybe forgetting here is that the DOE doesn't actually regulate oil and gas development.
So maybe a different position would be better for her to tackle. Something like the Interior Secretary might be a better fit for the former governor of Alaska, especially since its main job is to oversee the Bureau of Land Management, the USGS, and the National Park Service. That sounds right up her alley with all of that mineral talk, that's for sure. Plus, it sounds like Trump is pretty keen on the idea of having Palin as one of his top officials. In January 2016, he told TODAY exclusively that there would "certainly" be a role in his cabinet for Palin.
So brace yourselves, America. Trump's cabinet could be digging up some names you haven't heard in a long while, which means this cabinet could be one for the ages.