Leaked DeVos Vetting Documents From Trump Transition Note Her Opposition to His Policies, Personality – Education Week
An apparent vetting document created when then President-elect Donald Trump was considering appointing Betsy DeVos as education secretary flagged her reservations about Trump’s personality and policy positions that lasted through the 2016 GOP convention, where she cast a vote for Ohio Gov. John Kasich as an at-large delegate.
“Our party needs to be one of openness, recognizing that we live in an increasingly small world,” DeVos told The Hill in a July 2016 article quoted in the document. “And of course we need to have good trade deals, but the notion that we would put walls up around our nation is just not a tenable position. That said, I understand the anxiety and the frustration that he has clearly tapped into.”
Axios posted the document Sunday night as part of a leak of vetting files it says it received through a leak of nearly 100 documents from Trump’s transition that include files of several cabinet appointees and others considered for administration positions. After Trump was elected, he fired former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as head of his transition team, and Republican National Committee staffers helped with the vetting, Axios reported. On its HBO show Sunday night, Axios said it verified the documents with four sources.