When I was half-way through this book, I skipped to the last chapter where Navarro lays out the Cabinet and staffing decisions that would make President Trump’s second term a rousing success.
I can’t swear that everything Navarro says in this book is true but for the moment, to be honest, I’m listening pretty uncritically. What he’s saying makes a ton of sense and confirms much of what I have thought and what I have talked to others about.
I’ll say this about the first half of the book. The events he’s talking about are all over the map related to mistakes and betrayals but a constant thread is this: China. China. China. China. I should say that a few more times. China. China. China.
Let’s look now at Navarro’s recommendations.
VP: Not Pence, of course. Not Nikki Haley. He mentions Tom Cotton of Arkansas as a possible running mate, calling him “as pure a China Hawk as they come.”
However, then he says: “If DeSantis were to agree to the VP slot prior to the primary season, this single action would likely clear the entire Republican field. And by the way, Trump-DeSantis 2024 would likely be unstoppable.”
That’s how I feel about it, too.
For the Cabinet and other key posts, here’s a few tidbits that I thought were pretty interesting. Read the book for the whole list! (Or jump to the last chapter like I did.)
- Ben Carson as secretary of Health and Human Services “where he should have gone to begin with.”
- Kash Patel as Director of National Intelligence.
- John Ratcliffe moving from DNI to CIA.
- Judge Jeanine Pirro as Attorney General.
- Oracle CEO Safra Catz or Lara Trump as UN Ambassador.
But these are the knock-out recommendations:
- Head of the National Institutes of Health: Dr. Robert Malone.
- Head of the CDC: Either Dr. Steven Hatfill or Dr. Peter McCullough.
He also mentions: Head of the FDA: Dr. Harvey Risch.
A major criterion in choosing these individuals is that they strongly support President Trump’s agenda. As you will see if you read the book, between 2016 and 2020, the White House was filled with staff who thwarted efforts to steer the country in the right direction, out-and-out betrayed and subverted the President’s efforts, non-complied to the Commander in Chief’s orders and hid documents, Executive Orders and reports he needed and wanted and much, much more.
I recommend Taking Back Trump’s America, Why We Lost the White House and How We’ll Win it Back by Peter Navarro.