July 17, 2017

Ex-DOD official turned down Trump job because of 'values and policy positions'

Featuring Michèle Flournoy

Source: The Hill

Journalist Rebecca Kheel

The former Pentagon official who was widely expected to become Defense secretary had Hillary Clinton won the election said Monday she turned down an offer to work in the Trump administration because she didn’t think her positions aligned.

"I am an enormous admirer of Jim Mattis,” Michèle Flournoy, CEO of think tank Center for a New American Security (CNAS), said on MSNBC about the current Defense secretary. “And when he reached out to me, I certainly wanted to do whatever I could to support him. But I didn't think my own values and policy positions were aligned enough to serve in this administration.”

From 2009 to 2012, Flournoy was undersecretary of Defense for policy, the third-highest ranking civilian at the Pentagon.

Read the full article in The Hill.


  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chair, CNAS Board of Directors, Co-founder and Managing Partner, WestExec Advisors

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of WestExec Advisors, and former Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), w...