President-elect Trump has been busy putting together his team since locking up the election a month ago. Many positions have already been filled, but there’s still work to be done.
During the process, a stream of influential figures have been spotted going in and out of Trump Tower to meet with the future president. What’s even more interesting is that the President-elect has shown a willingness to meet with some of his most bitter rivals from the election.
Early on in the process, Sen. Ted Cruz met with the president-elect. This shocked a large portion of observers who remember just how bitter the rivals were during the primary. Later, Trump met with former Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a vocal opponent of Trump’s throughout the entire election.
Of course, what Trump’s willingness to meet with former rivals really shows is his brilliance as an executive. Even with there being former animosity, if a person is right for the job, the president-elect is willing to put the past aside and look to the future. Part of his lifetime of success is making sure to put the right people in the right places to run a successful organization. Trump shows no signs of changing that blueprint now that he’s heading for the White House.
Therefore, it may not come entirely as a surprise to some who Trump is going to be meeting with early next week. From the Washington Examiner:President-elect Trump is set to meet with two of his formal primary rivals Monday at Trump Tower as he continues to fill out his Cabinet. Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum will travel to Manhattan to meet Trump early next week, transition officials told reporters on a conference call Friday.
Fiorina in particular will be an interesting story to follow. At some points during the primary, their rivalry seemed deeply personal. While in the home stretch of the primary campaign, Ted Cruz named Fiorina his vice presidential choice, a last-ditch effort to overtake Trump.
It’s unclear what roles, if any, for which Fiorina and Santorum may be under consideration. However, what’s clear is the trend of President-elect Trump setting aside the past to bring the country together and move forward shows no signs of slowing down.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]