With James Mattis now out as Secretary of Defense, President Trump is looking to select his replacement this month.
While there’s plenty of available choices, Trump appears to be singling out one man in particular.
And he’s the last person you’d expect.
With James Mattis leaving the White House, President Trumps’ choice for Secretary of Defense will be one of his most important cabinet picks this year.
The Secretary of Defense will be in charge of executing the President’s America First foreign policy, as well as maintaining the largest military force in the world.
With so much on the line, the President is looking at all of his options for the office.
But one man, in particular, is standing out among the potential candidates, and he’s the last person many would suspect.
Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is apparently being considered as a top candidate for Defense Secretary.
The New York Times reports, “Representatives for Vice President Mike Pence and Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, have reached out to Mr. Webb, one of the three officials said.”
“Separately, a senior Defense Department official confirmed that Mr. Webb’s name had been circulating at the White House. Those two and the third official all spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the internal discussions,” the Times added.
Webb’s choice would be unconventional considering his political leanings, but his policy positions with respect to foreign policy do closely match the President.
Webb was a strong critic of both the Iraq War and President Obama’s Iran deal.
Webb also wishes to take a harsher stance against China’s unfair trade practices directed against the United States, much like Trump.
Webb also rejects many of the far left’s positions on climate change, including the Paris Climate Accords, which President Trump had the United States withdraw from.
While he’s a Democrat, Webb’s responsibilities should he be selected as Secretary of Defense would be to help execute a set of military and foreign policies that are already closely aligned with his own.
The pick would surely raise eyebrows, which could be why Trump is considering Webb.
Trump knows that media focus and attention is one of his strongest assets, and selecting Webb as his Secretary of Defense will once again capture the media’s attention and bring his foreign policy goals back into the limelight.
Furthermore, Webb’s pick could serve to strengthen Trump’s support among blue-collar Democrats who helped to propel him to victory in the 2016 election.
This is to say nothing of the fact that Webb and Trump would likely work together well in the White House, at least with respect to the duties of Secretary of State.
Webb also remains out of step with the modern Democratic party.
“Webb, who served only one term as senator, briefly entered the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. He left the race abruptly after the first televised debate, saying that he and the Democratic Party had parted ways,” reports the Daily Caller.
In 2016, Webb took a shot at Hillary Clinton by publicly refuting her run for President, going as far as to suggest he may vote for Donald Trump.
His selection as Secretary of Defense would be sure to disrupt the status quo both on the political and military side of Washington.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.