WTH? #NeverTrumper Brian Hook Poised for Senior State Department Job
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is poised to appoint outspoken #NeverTrumper Brian Hook for a senior position in the State Department.
Brian Hook, a former Romney adviser, organized a letter signed by 121 GOP national security luminaries refusing to support Trump.
In October 2015 Brian Hook went on FOX Business Network to insist that the Trump campaign was losing steam.
Foreign Policy reported:
A critic of Donald Trump and a longtime member of the GOP foreign-policy establishment is poised for a senior position at the State Department absent a last-minute veto from the White House, Foreign Policy has learned.
Brian Hook, a former assistant secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration, is Rex Tillerson’s preferred choice for director of policy planning at the State Department, according to multiple GOP Senate aides. The policy planning director leads a strategic brain trust for the secretary.
Hook is the co-founder of the John Hay Initiative, a group of former Mitt Romney foreign-policy advisors whose leaders organized a prominent letter signed by 121 GOP national security luminaries refusing to support Trump last March because he would “act in ways that make America less safe.”
Hook did not sign that letter, but in previous interviews declared that he personally disagreed with the president on a range of policy issues, and noted his wife was firmly in the “never Trump” camp.
“My wife said ‘never,’” Hook told Politico in May. “Even if you say you support him as the nominee, you go down the list of his positions and you see you disagree on every one.”
Appointing Hook to director of policy planning would give him a direct line to Tillerson and put him in charge of a staff of specialists and academics in the department.
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