NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The transition from the Trump campaign to the Trump administration is full steam ahead in Washington.
Washington insiders say the city is just now recovering from the shock of election night. The Trump transition team is described as a continuation of the campaign—a little chaotic, seat of the pants, at times, and the President-elect is making all the calls.
Tennesseans are part of the process as Congressman Marsha Blackburn is on the transition committee, and Senator Bob Corker is in line for a possible Cabinet post.
Corker never endorsed Trump, but he met with him over foreign policy and campaigned with him.
Now he’s on the shortlist for Secretary of State, but it’s looking like a long shot.
“Well, Bob Corker is not talking like he is actually going to be appointed. When asked about the question, the senator continually tries to toss it off and say, ‘Well, I’m going to be one of those that has to approve those people to be Secretary of State,’ so he is kind of dodging the question right now,” said Alex Schuman.
Corker would be a calm presence, but former ambassador John Bolton and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani seem to be the front-runners.
“You imagine he will find somewhere in this White House, but at this point, speculation is just that. It’s speculation,” Schuman said.
Bill Hagerty, former commissioner for the Department of Economic and Community Development, and Marsha Blackburn are also involved in the transition, but will they be part of the administration?
“At this point, no, we are not hearing their names for any specific roles in the White House, but as you said, they have been with Trump for a while. They are heavily involved in the transition, and Marsha Blackburn has been a longtime advisor of the campaign, so you can expect that they will at least have the ear of the president if they do not have a formal position in this White House,” Schuman noted.
Congrassman Blackburn also said Tuesday a lot of well-qualified people have stepped up to lend their names for consideration. She did not say if she was one of them.