The U.S. State Department has hired former anti-Trump Wall Street Journal editorial board member Mary Kissel to be Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s new senior adviser for policy and strategic messaging.
The recent hire has alarmed former administration officials, including one who told Politico that “Trump would lose his mind if he knew about this.”
Another former administration official said that hiring Kissel was “a recipe for disaster” because it’s “a welcome sign to all never-Trumpers and establishment Republicans that they have a home in this administration.”
“It’s a political mutiny,” a source close to the First Family told The Daily Wire. “John Kelly and his cronies go out of their way to make sure that Trump people don’t get hired while the Kissels of the world are handed important jobs. The president has lost control of this ship.”
A review of previous statements made by Kissel on Twitter toward then-candidate Donald Trump showed a pattern of disdain for Trump that lasted all the way up until he won the election, then her tone toward President-elect Donald Trump rapidly softened.
Trump had previously slammed Kissel for her constant attacks on him, writing on Twitter that “She is a major loser – no clue!”
Here are some of Kissel’s tweets attacking Trump and his agenda, many of which attack his views on China:
“Mary’s social media posts reflected her role as a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board,” a senior State Department official said in a statement, trying to downplay her remarks. “As she has said previously when asked similar questions, her job there was to analyze and write about policy.”
“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,” the official continued. “She is proud to serve this President and Secretary Pompeo.”
Kissel is not the first anti-Trump official to be hired on or promoted at the State Department.
In August, The Daily Wire exclusively reported that Brian Hook, the Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of Policy Planning, was being named to a new position in the department: Special Envoy for Iranian Affairs.
Hook was widely viewed as being part of the “Never Trump” crowd because he closely aligned with officials who “were highly critical of Trump’s policies during the 2016 presidential campaign.”
Hook also preferred a much softer approach to Iran than Trump’s vision, as he “did not want to scrap the Iran nuclear deal.”