Pompeo Hires 'Never Trumper' Mary Kissel As A Top Adviser to State Department

Chris Menahan
Nov. 28, 2018

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday hired "Never Trumper" Mary Kissel -- who regularly trashes Trump on television and Twitter -- as senior adviser for policy and strategic messaging at the State Department.

As Ryan Girdusky said, "she'll fit in perfectly with hundreds of other Never Trumpers who work for the administration."

Breitbart has more:
Kissel’s hire caught many by surprise, given her blatant public criticism of the president and his policies. She has criticized the president as recently as this summer. In a July 16 interview with Fox News, she called Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “great propaganda victory” for Putin.

[...]“Donald Trump does not seem to know very much about the world, and he certainly doesn’t know very know much about foreign policy,” Kissel said on August 26, 2016, at the Steamboat Institute’s 2016 Freedom Conference.

Kissel also went on MSNBC’s Morning Joe numerous times to bash Trump before the election.

“The guy just makes things up as he goes along,” she said on Morning Joe on March 4. “Trump has no principles — he has no policies, and he’s making it up.” She also predicted he would lose. “Trump seems to have a ceiling. It’s around 30 to 35 percent.”

On April 20, 2016, Kissel was on Morning Joe again, refusing to say if Trump was “terrible for America.” Instead, she said, “I don’t like a lot of his policies. I don’t like the policies. We are pro-trade, we are pro-immigration.”

She also slammed his “temperament,” predicted there was “no way” he would win South Carolina and Florida, and accused him of “whipping up nativists” fears to further his own brand.

Her criticism even caught the eye of Trump — who retweeted a tweet that called Kissel a “loser” on March 4, 2016.

[...]The State Department defended her hire in a statement to Breitbart News.

“Mary’s social media posts reflected her role as a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board. As she has said previously when asked similar questions, her job there was to analyze and write about policy,” said a spokesperson on background.

“As a member of the editorial board, Mary strongly endorsed this administration’s policies on Iran, Afghanistan, tax cuts, energy policy, regulatory reform, judicial nominations, and other issues. She is proud to serve this President and Secretary Pompeo,” the spokesperson said.
Really great stuff.

In his column highlighting everything wrong with her hire, Ryan Girdusky said: "During a sit-down interview with ABC back in October, first lady Melania Trump revealed that she believed there were members of the Trump administration that couldn’t be trusted. She was right; maybe Trump should lean on her more to do the vetting and hiring. Maybe Melania can drain the swamp?"

The person Melania went rogue on demanding they be fired was National Security Council aide Mira Ricardel, a neocon appointed by John Bolton.

Former Trump speech writer Darren Beattie, who was fired by the Trump administration after it was revealed he merely spoke on a panel at a right-wing conference with immigration hawk Peter Brimelow of VDARE, reacted to the news of Kissel's hiring on Twitter:

VDARE's Twitter account, which I presume is run by Brimelow, also weighed in on the news:

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