Washington, D.C. – Rival factions of Republicans are locked in an increasingly caustic and public battle to influence President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice for secretary of state, leaving a prominent hole in an otherwise quickly formed national security team that is unlikely to be filled until next week at the earliest. The debate inside Trump’s wide circle of formal and informal advisers – pitting supporters of one leading contender, Mitt Romney, against those of another, Rudolph W. Giuliani – has led to the kind of dramatic airing of differences that characterized Mr. Trump’s unconventional and often squabbling campaign team.
However, in an unexpected turn of events, the former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost the election to Donald Trump not two weeks ago, has reportedly said that she would agree to be secretary of state yet again, but only under the condition that Donald Trump apologizes to her personally for all the insults he has dished out during his turbulent, but nevertheless victorious campaign.
According to Internet portal KnowMyRepublican.com, a source close to Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin overheard a conversation between the two, during which Clinton reportedly said, “I can’t stand him, but I have to be practical, that’s the only way to walk away from this and not get shot…if he’d only apologize publically, that could get us a lot of points for playing nice.”
The supposed conversation hasn’t been confirmed; the source requested anonymity and Huma Abedin could not be reached for comment. Although, Clinton did hint that burying the hatchet might ensue should an apology from Donald Trump see the light of day. “The past is the past and that’s exactly where it belongs, for better or worse,” she said during an informal visit to Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai on Thursday. “Neither of us stands nothing to gain from being stubborn and going out of our way to trip each other’s plans in the future. I am more than capable of forgiveness, but whether or not I’m willing to forget is a completely different story.”
Asked whether or not she would even consider taking up a position in Donald Trump’s administration after everything that’s come out of his mouth on the campaign trail, the former secretary of state said, “Oh, that’s a very difficult question. Look, at the end of the day, the most important job of the President of the United States, whoever they may be, is to ensure the safety, freedom and equality of all Americans, both on domestic soil and abroad. And when it comes to who they’re going to have as an adviser or a friend – those are such insignificant matters that I just can’t be bothered with them. The people have made up their mind on who they want in the White House, I have to respect that. As for the position of secretary of state – all options are open. If they want me, I’m right here. If they don’t, I still wish them all the best.”