President Donald Trump has “aggressively courted” the wife of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to join his administration for several months to no avail. After months of rejecting offers to join the administration under several potential posts, Cindy McCain has finally reached a deal with the president, according to a report by the Daily Beast.
“[Trump personally], aggressively courted her for this,” a White House official told website. “It’s a done deal now. The president had floated several positions before. This is the one that stuck.”
Cindy McCain, a well-known voice on refugees and other humanitarian efforts, will join the Trump administration to be a Washington D.C.-based “U.S. ambassador-at-large for human rights.”
Her official title is subject to change.
The president’s daughter and special adviser, Ivanka Trump, helped seal the deal.
A White House official said Trump strongly recommended her father make a “hard sell” to McCain, who impressed the president’s daughter at an anti-human trafficking roundtable at the White House last month.
McCain is well known for her involvement in humanitarian causes. She is the co-chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, and has also worked with Arizona State University’s McCain Institute on human trafficking issues. She’s also worked for years to raise awareness on refugees from war-torn countries in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Trump has been eyeing McCain to join his team for months, and privately discussed the prospect with her during a White House dinner with her and her husband in April.
“When [President Trump] sat down and ate with [John] McCain, it was always really to meet with the other McCain,” a source within the Trump administration told the Daily Beast.
Cindy McCain will be placed under the umbrella of the State Department, which is expected to relieve tensions between one of his fiercest Republican opponents on foreign policy, Sen. John McCain.
John and Cindy McCain are by no means fans of the president. Both decided against voting for Trump during the election, and the senator was among the voices in the Never Trump movement by suggesting he wasn’t qualified to be president.
“Cindy and I will not vote for Donald Trump. I have never voted for a Democratic presidential candidate, and we will not vote for Hillary Clinton,” John McCain said in October. “We will write in the name of some good conservative Republican who is qualified to be president.”