The main problem facing Donald Trump in selecting people to hold cabinet positions is that he doesn’t want to select anyone who suggested he was unqualified for the office of President. At least 30 former Republican Congressmen vocally opposed Trump. Leaders of the Republican Party who opposed Trump included:
George W. Bush
George H.W. Bush
Christine Todd Whitman
…you get the idea. The list includes 73 other republican leaders including Senators, like John McCain, and Governors like Susan Martinez.
Given the limitation on the number of people available to Trump to fill his cabinet positions, it seems more likely that he will resort to appointment of SarahPalin as the Secretary of the Interior. That is the position that it controls500 million acres of land ― or 20 percent of the U.S. landmass. It oversees a lot of oil, gas and coal development, both onshore and offshore. Trump has shown total disregard to environmental issues and strongly supported increasing the development of oil, coal and natural gas in the United States.
The department of the interior also oversees the protection of endangered species, the number of which is likely to increase in the coming decade as climate change hastens the first mass extinction since the demise of dinosaurs.
The next interior secretary will also decide whether to restart drilling in Arctic watersor open up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
One source tied to the Trump transition team described the confusion as “buffoonery.”
In the case of consideration of the appointment of Palin, it appears Trump values loyalty over experience and is keen to have people on board who share his worldview.