President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to assemble a team of rivals by considering former Republican primaries rival Carly Fiorina for National Intelligence Director. Fiorina is the former CEO of tech giant Hewlett-Packard.
According to The New York Times, after visiting Trump at his office in Manhattan’s Trump Tower, Fiorina told reporters that she and the president-elect talked about China -- “our most important adversary and a rising adversary.”
We talked about hacking, whether it’s Chinese hacking or purported Russian hacking.
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We talked about the opportunity that the president-elect has to literally reset things, to reset the trajectory of this economy, to reset the role of government, to reset America’s role in the world and how we’re perceived in the world. And I think it’s why he’s getting such fantastic people in his administration.
But Trump and Fiorina have not always had such a cooperative relationship. During the Republican primaries, Trump suggested Fiorina was too ugly to run for office. "Look at that face!” Trump said during a September 2015 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, notes CNN. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. … I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not [supposed to] say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
According to Salon, Fiorina shot back at Trump’s qualifications for the role -- though both she and Trump have little experience outside of business.
“Donald Trump reminds me of the Kim Kardashian of politics,” Fiorina said. “They’re both famous for being famous and the media plays along.”
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But after her meeting with Trump on Dec. 12, Fiorina has added herself to the list of Trump supporters.
“One thing President-elect Trump clearly understands is this: that actually changing an ingrained, embedded status quo requires a major shock to the system,” she noted. “It can’t be such a violent shock that you put the patient in cardiac arrest, but you have to have a signal strong enough that people understand change is actually coming.”