Of course this is pure speculation, but I am trying to figure out the most surprising selection so far: Gov. Nikki Haley for UN Ambassador. In a field of old white men she sticks out…
How about this for a reason: Trump is planning to not run for re-election but instead support Sec. of State Haley in 2020.
He is all about the deal. He got the US to sign on the dotted line in 2016. Now he is planning his next big deal. That is what he does, that is what he lives for.
He isn’t going to satisfy the hard right-he isn’t one and isn’t going to cater to their demands. He isn’t going to bring back the good old days in the rust belt-no one can. So he needs a new set of investors.
So he called up Gov Haley and offered her the following opportunity.
Take the job of Amb. to the UN for 2 years. Learn about national and international affairs and introduce herself to the rest of the world. After that training, Trump will offer her the Sec. of State position. Whoever is keeping the seat warm will retire to spend more time with their family-Trump is good at firing people. When the 2020 primaries roll around, Trump will announce he isn’t running for re-election. Maybe he will set up a foundation or something. And he thinks SOS Haley would be the perfect Republican candidate to succeed him. With him holding the narrative in DC no one else, including Pence, would be able to out campaign her. With her resume appealing to moderate democrats and minorities (remember she got rid of the confederate flag in S.C. never mind that it is creeping back) and her conservative background, I think she could easily be the first woman president. And she would be completely the creation of Trump. While of course there would be no quid pro quo, she would know who she owes her position to.