Trade adviser Peter Navarro proposed Stefan Halper for Trump admin job

Trade adviser Peter Navarro proposed Stefan Halper for Trump admin job
(Image: Stefan Halper, Institute of World Politics)

[Ed. – This tidbit, assuming it’s valid, highlights the reality of the “permanent bureaucracy” idea: i.e., a class of people who expect to act as informants on presidential candidates’ teams one day, and then get hired into presidents’ administrations the next.  Calling them the “deep state” is merely using different terminology.  Everyone who’s worked for even a short time in D.C. knows this class exists, and has largely run much of the Washington establishment for many decades now.  Navarro’s political background is as a Democrat, BTW.  His main attraction for Trump is that he is a strong proponent of using high tariffs to “win” trade skirmishes with China.]

During the presidential transition Navarro recommended Halper, among other people, for ambassador roles in Asia. A White House official said Halper visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building last August for a meeting about China. …

During the transition everyone involved in Trump’s presidential campaign were asked to submit resumes for administration positions. Halper, who already knew Navarro in the context of being a China scholar and interviewing for his anti-China book and film, pitched himself for an ambassadorship in Asia, according to a source briefed on their interactions.

Navarro says he submitted Halper’s name for the Asian ambassadorship — we have not been able to confirm the country — along with around a dozen other people for roles in the region.

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