STRATEGIST EYED BY TRUMP …
Reporter Jamie Self of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper landed herself a nice scoop this week. According to Self, South Carolina strategist Ed McMullen – the man who guided U.S. president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign to an impressive victory in the pivotal “First in the South” presidential primary – will be rewarded for his efforts with a top diplomatic post.
McMullen (above, center) “is being vetted for a position with the Republican administration, possibly an ambassadorship,” Self reported.
Where is the veteran operative headed?
It’s not immediately clear …
The most popular rumor we’ve heard is that McMullen is being vetted as the next U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, but neither he nor our sources at the White House are commenting on the matter.
Some speculate McMullen is being eyed by Trump as the next U.S. ambassador to Italy.
Until it’s official (which could be a lengthy process) … who knows.
What we do know is McMullen played a substantial role in Trump’s upset victory last fall. In addition to his work in South Carolina, he was a close advisor to Trump during his 2016 general election campaign as well a key member of his transition team.
Trump won South Carolina’s 2016 primary with 32.5 percent of the vote – easily outdistancing establishment “Republican” Marco Rubio and social conservative Ted Cruz. In the general election, he trounced Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by nearly fifteen percentage points despite some polls that forecasted a close race.
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