Wilson being considered for top national security job - Albuquerque Journal

Wilson being considered for top national security job

WASHINGTON – Heather Wilson, a former Republican congresswoman from New Mexico, is under consideration for a top national security job in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Heather Wilson
Heather Wilson

Wilson, who has been serving as president of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City since 2013, met with Trump transition officials Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan. It’s not clear if she met with Trump himself.

Fin Gomez of FOX News first reported the meeting Monday morning, tweeting that Wilson was under consideration for the critical director of national intelligence position. The job requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

The Trump transition team did not respond to a request for comment about Trump’s interest in Wilson on Monday.

Wilson forwarded a Journal email inquiring about her meeting with Trump officials to the public affairs office at her South Dakota college.

“President Wilson was contacted by the President-elect’s transition team late Friday afternoon,” Fran R. LeFort, the school’s communications manager, replied in an email. “They asked her to come to New York on Monday to talk to them about a senior national security position. She will have no further comment at this time.”

Although Wilson has been out of public office since 2009, it’s not surprising that Trump officials are considering her for a national security job. She has a deep well of experience in the field.

In 1989, she was named director for European defense policy and arms control on National Security Council staff and she remained active in national security matters as a member of Congress.

Wilson, who is also a Rhodes scholar and graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, represented New Mexico in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1998 to 2009, serving on the Armed Forces and Intelligence committees. She lost a bid for the U.S. Senate to Democrat Martin Heinrich in the 2012 general election.

Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, who mounted a losing bid for the GOP presidential nomination, is also reportedly under consideration for the director of national intelligence post in the Trump administration.

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