Potential Cabinet pick Palin praises Trump on social media

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Sarah Palin may return to the public stage as a member of Donald Trump’s Cabinet in the role of secretary for veterans affairs, it was reported Wednesday.

A Palin pal told NBC that the 2008 vice-presidential candidate wants the job and was apparently in contact with Team Trump, which did not comment on the report.

The former Alaska governor took to social media to praise Trump for his promises to improve care for veterans.

“We should be grateful we’ll soon have a commander-in-chief who will champion our vets and honor the promises our nation made; a pro-private sector individual who surely understands bigger government is NOT the answer; a President who promised to drain the swamp and clean up all government corruption . . . all things our vets and active duty troops deserve,” she wrote in posts on Facebook and TwitterWednesday.

She included a video showing her giving a pro-vets speech and appearing with her son-in-law, Dakota Meyer, a Medal of Honor recipient.

Other contenders for the position include ex-GOP Sen. Scott Brown and former CEO of Concerned Veterans for America Pete Hegseth, both of whom served in the Army National Guard.

In other transition news, Trump aides said Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani were the leaders among four remaining contenders for secretary of state.

The other two were not named, but Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, ex-US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton and ex-CIA Director and US Army Gen. David Petraeus were all reportedly in the running.

And Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts was in line to become deputy commerce secretary.

Meanwhile, Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s nominee as treasury secretary, said on Wednesday the administration would make tax reform and trade-pact overhauls top priorities as they seek a sustained pace of 3 to 4 percent economic growth.

The one-time Goldman Sachs banker, together with Wilbur Ross, Trump’s nominee for commerce secretary, outlined Trump’s economic agenda, including what Mnuchin called the largest tax overhaul since the Ronald Reagan administration, in an interview on CNBC.

“We’ve been doing a lot of dumb trade,” Ross told the station.