9 Trump loyalists who did not land jobs in the White House
Several of President Donald Trump's longest-standing and most ardent supporters have not ended up with positions in his administration.
Several of President Donald Trump’s longest-standing and most ardent supporters have not ended up with positions in his administration. While some have been dogged by scandals of their own, others present conflicts of interest, and still others have strayed from Trump’s message.
From fiery conservative radio and TV personality Laura Ingraham, to Trump’s embattled former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, the president has snubbed some notable allies.
The former prosecutor and mayor of New York City was an early and outspoken supporter of Trump’s presidential bid.
Rudy Giuliani openly lobbied to be Trump’s secretary of state, but said that he withdrew himself from consideration for the position on November 29. He told reporters in January that he subsequently turned down two "Cabinet-level positions" in the administration.
Giuliani has since been named Trump’s informal adviser on cybersecurity. Giuliani most recently stirred controversy after telling Fox News that he helped Trump draft his executive order on immigration, which bans most travel from seven majority-Muslim countries, after Trump asked him how to implement a "Muslim ban" "legally."
Anthony Scaramucci — an investment-firm founder and prominent donor to Trump’s campaign — was denied a senior role at the White House as questions swirled over ethics conflicts.
The ethics conflicts stemmed from Scaramucci’s sale of his firm, SkyBridge Capital, to a division of HNA Group, a Chinese company with ties to the Communist Party, according to a New York Times report.
The New Jersey governor — one of Trump’s fiercest defenders throughout his campaign and considered for Trump’s vice presidential running mate — was pushed out of his position leading Trump’s transition team immediately following the election.
Chris Christie’s dismissal has been attributed to a host of grievances, including the fact that during his time as New Jersey’s top prosecutor, he sent the father of Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, to prison for tax evasion, illegal campaign donations, and witness tampering.
Dogged by his own scandal, just days before the 2016 election, two of Christie’s former aides were convicted on conspiracy charges in the Bridgegate trial. Before his ousting, Christie was said to have been gunning for White House chief of staff or attorney general.
Corey Lewandowski — a conservative political operative and commentator — was fired from his position as Trump’s campaign manager in June 2016.
During his time on the campaign, Lewandowski provoked several scandals—in one case, he was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly manhandling a reporter at a Trump campaign event (the charges were later dropped).
Three days after his ousting from the campaign, Lewandowski was hired as a political commentator at CNN. He left CNN immediately following the election in November and has since announced that he will not join the Trump administration and is instead launching a political consulting firm on Capitol Hill.
Katrina Pierson — a political consultant and Tea Party activist from Texas — became the Trump campaign’s chief spokesperson in November 2015 and advised Trump’s transition team.
Pierson is well known for her controversial cable news appearances, during which she has claimed President Barack Obama was responsible for invading Afghanistan in 2001 — 8 years before he took office — and that Hillary Clinton had a rare brain disease.
Pierson is reported to have turned down an offer to be White House deputy press secretary and will likely join a new pro-Trump political group as communications director.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a fierce Trump supporter who made the short-list of Trump’s potential running mates, has so far been denied a position in Trump’s administration.
Gingrich told reporters a few days after the election that he wanted to be "the general planner" of the Trump administration, focusing on how the president would "fundamentally reshape the federal government." That job has not come to fruition.
In December, Gingrich went off message and said in an interview with NPR that Trump would not be following through on his campaign promise to "drain the swamp." Trump rebuked the claim in a tweet and Gingrich quickly apologized.
Laura Ingraham, a Fox News commentator, radio host, and founder of the conservative site Lifezette, has doggedly promoted Trump, who she calls a friend, since the early days of his campaign and was public about her desire to be White House press secretary.
She said in December that she would accept the position, if it was offered, but that she hoped to have a role in policymaking as well. Trump picked Sean Spicer — previously chief strategist for the Republican National Committee — for the position instead.
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin made it pretty clear she wanted to join the Trump administration and was reportedly considered for secretary of Veterans Affairs, but she did not end up with any position.
While Palin was an early supporter of Trump, endorsing him over her ally Ted Cruz, she had some harsh words for a deal Trump struck with Carrier in early December, condemning the move as "crony capitalism."
Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate, endorsed Trump in May 2016 after he dropped out of the campaign in February.
Huckabee has consistently called out fellow Republicans who opposed or were critical of Trump’s campaign, including immediately following the release of the " rel="noFollow"Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump was recorded making lewd comments about women.
Huckabee said he discussed a cabinet position with Trump in November, but that it "wasn’t the right fit." While the governor might not be joining the administration, his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was recently named White House deputy press secretary.
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