Former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich announced on Nov. 17 that he will not be serving in President-elect Donald Trump's future Cabinet. During the campaign, Gingrich was reported to be in the running as Trump's pick for vice president.
“I will not be in the Cabinet,” Gingrich told McClatchy. “I intend to be focused on strategic planning.”
Gingrich was floated as a top candidate for several cabinet-level positions, including secretary of state and secretary of health and human services.
Former Rep. Nancy Johnson, a Republican from Connecticut who served in the House with Gingrich, said he would have made a great addition to Trump’s Cabinet, given his vision for the GOP.
“I think that’s Trump’s loss, but I think he [Gingrich] is very good at where he’s most effective,” Johnson said.
“I want to be free to network across the whole system and look at what we have to do to succeed,” Gingrich said following his announcement, reports The Washington Post.
"I want to focus on strategic planning for the emerging Republican majority from local government through the executive branch," Gingrich added, notes NBC News.
"The president-elect will be announcing specific Cabinet recommendations when those decisions have been made," Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s chief strategist, said.
According to Fox News, on Nov. 18, Trump announced that Sen. Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, was chosen as Trump’s attorney general. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Republican from Kansas, was tapped to be CIA director, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, was chosen as national security adviser.