The Washington Post has a lengthy feature on the Trump transition today, and how Trump arrived at many of his cabinet appointments. According to sources inside the transition team, Trump had a strong preference for cabinet appointments who would look good on television, because he believes “those who aspire to the most visible spots in his administration should not just be able to do the job, but also look the part.”
To lead the Pentagon, Trump chose a rugged combat general, whom he compares to a historic one. At the United Nations, his ambassador will be a poised and elegant Indian American with a compelling immigrant backstory. As secretary of state, Trump tapped a neophyte to international diplomacy, but one whose silvery hair and boardroom bearing project authority.
This is what happens when you vote for a reality star to lead the country. He’s basically assembling a The Apprentice boardroom.
One guy who didn’t make the cut was John R. Bolton, the neocon who basically wants to dismantle the U.N. Why? Is it because he spread conspiracies about Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin? Or because he couldn’t get confirmed under the Bush Administration? No. It was because of his mustache.
Several of Trump’s associates said they thought that John R. Bolton’s brush-like mustache was one of the factors that handicapped the bombastic former United Nations ambassador in the sweepstakes for secretary of state.
“Donald was not going to like that mustache,” said one associate, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak frankly. “I can’t think of anyone that’s really close to Donald that has a beard that he likes.”
Toby Ziegler wouldn’t have a shot in the Trump Administration.