Elliott Abrams may be a neoconservative dolt, but is that what prevented his hiring? No, of course not.
President Trump has rejected the hiring of former Reagan and George W. Bush foreign policy aide Elliott Abrams as the deputy secretary of state after seeing writings in which Abrams had been critical of Trump before his victory last year….
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson … had backed Abrams for the job, arguing that the veteran Republican official’s knowledge of the State Department and Washington’s foreign policy bureaucracy would complement Tillerson’s lack of government experience.
I may not possess the world's thickest of political skin — let's say, that of a Barack Obama — but I am confident that were I president of the United States, burdened with a State Department of virtually no experience, I not only could but would overlook the writings of a once-critical foreign policy adviser. My feelings wouldn't be hurt to the extent that I'd deprive my secretary of state of some Foggy Bottom know-how.
Not so with Donald Trump. He's not a president with the nation's interests at heart; he is, rather, a child — and a pouty one at that. Welcome to Trumpworld, Secretary Tillerson, and good luck with it.