Palin bid to trump energy controls
WASHINGTON: Sarah Palin has declared she would like to be energy secretary if Donald Trump becomes president – but only so she can shut down the department.
The former vice-president nominee said “energy is my baby” and that she planned to destroy the agency.
“I’d let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people who are affected by the developments within their states,” Ms Palin said.
“If I were in charge of that, it would be a short-term job.
“I think a lot about the Department of Energy because energy is my baby: oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations for us to import their resources.
“And if I were head of that, I would get rid of it.”
Brash billionaire Trump, who is the surprise frontrunner in the Republican race for the White House, said in July he would love to have Ms Palin as part of his government: “She really is somebody who knows what’s happening and she’s a special person.”
Ms Palin backed Mr Trump, who has taken a hard line on immigration issues, over his assertion that immigrants must speak English.
“I think we can send a message and say, ‘you want to be in America, A, you’d better be here legally or you’re out of here; B, when you’re here, let’s speak American ... let’s speak English,’ and that’s a kind of a unifying aspect of the nation, the language that is understood by all,” she said.
She also defended Mr Trump over criticism of his patchy foreign affairs knowledge.
“I think I’d rather have a president who is tough and puts America first than can win a game of Trivial Pursuit,” she said. “But I don’t think the public gives a flying flip if somebody knows who, today, is a specific leader of a specific region or a religion or anything.”
Ms Palin criticised President Barack Obama for not laying down the law over Chinese warships in the Bering Sea during his recent “tourism jaunt” to Alaska.
“How about, while he was up here, he as president carried a big stick instead of a selfie stick?” Ms Palin said. “He could start publicly berating these countries that are sticking it to us with the messages they are sending.”