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'Never Trumpers' Fear Being Blackballed By New President

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By    |   Monday, 16 Jan 2017 08:13 PM

Some veteran GOP national security advisers who were "Never Trump" adherents during the campaign are reportedly worried they've been blacklisted by the incoming administration.

According to the Washington Post, the documents that've turned them into "personae non gratae" to the administration of President-elect Donald Trump are their signatures on letters publicly declaring they wouldn't vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.

One letter, with 122 names, was published by War on the Rocks last March; the other, with 50 names, was published by the New York Times last August.

"Before he won, the conversation was, 'We really would love for you to change your mind and join us,'" Peter Feaver, a National Security Council special adviser under President George W. Bush, told the Post about informal talks with Trump aides.

"Since he won . . . the conversation is, ‘There likely will be a blacklist of people who signed the letters who won’t themselves be eligible for a post.'"

One unnamed former Bush national security official who signed one of the letters told the Post he wasn't invited to a private briefing, saying: "It's hostile. It's not just that we're frozen out. . . . I was told they said there was an enemies list."

Mary Beth Long, who served as assistant secretary of defense in the Bush administration – and a signer of the War on the Rocks letter – told the Post her opinion of Trump improved as he began to moderate his rhetoric and selected Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate.

But she still isn't expecting a job in the new administration, the Post reported.

"If I were asked to sign a letter like that again, I would be much more careful about the verbiage that related to the candidate himself," she told the Post.

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