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Scott Walker won't take White House job

Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he will not take a position in the White House this term or if he's re-elected.

MATTHEW DeFOUR, STATE JOURNAL

Gov. Scott Walker stated unequivocally Monday he won’t take a job in the White House this term or if he’s re-elected in November.

“I can unequivocally tell you without hesitation I will never willingly leave the role as governor through this next coming term,” Walker said. “I’m running for re-election to serve a full term.”

Walker has said before that he doesn’t plan to take a job in President Donald Trump’s administration, but the White House has continued to shed top-level officials, with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt the latest to come under fire after he reportedly improperly spent $43,000 for a soundproof phone booth for his office.

Walker said Monday neither he nor others in his political circle have been approached by the White House about the governor taking a job with the Trump administration.

During his 2014 re-election campaign Walker downplayed his interest in running for president, then launched an exploratory effort within weeks of winning. But he was never as emphatic in denying those plans as he was Monday about taking a White House job.

Walker said he has taken to heart the advice of former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who became George W. Bush’s secretary of health and human services in the middle of Thompson’s fourth term.

“You can get much, much, much, much more done as a governor and it’s much more fulfilling being a governor than it is being in the cabinet,” Walker said.

Walker also:

  • Deflected a question about former FBI director James Comey’s comments in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC that Trump is “morally unfit” to be president. “I’ll leave that up to the people who are elected for federal office since that’s a federal issue,” Walker said.
  • Said the legal troubles facing Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, for whom Walker campaigned in 2016, are a “horribly sad situation.” Greitens faces a felony charge of invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a nude picture of a woman in 2015 and bipartisan calls for his resignation amid related sexual abuse allegations. “If those reports are accurate … I don’t know how someone stays in that position,” Walker said. “It’s difficult if not impossible for him to govern.”
  • Signed 93 bills into law, including measures to provide $6.8 million more for a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. campaign to attract young people and veterans to the state; create statewide standards for rental unit inspection programs; create stiffer penalties for carjacking and other crimes; raise limits for historic rehabilitation tax credits; and prohibit local governments from requiring companies to engage in collective bargaining.
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TheProphet

he what for vets? privatise the va healthcare and get rid of this broken system. thats what needs to happen.

kingman10

yea right, like the King veterans home where abuse and poor care are now the norm. It used to be one of the finest facilities for Vets, now since scooter and the gang are in power its one of the worst.

hrpufnstuf

Yea Walker, even Trump knows what a lousy leader you are. Remember in the campaign what he said about how horrible the condition of our state was. Besides, I think you claimed that at The last election you weren't running for president and guess what you did. Just go back to your old job at McDonald's in Waukesha.

Frangel45

So tired of his wink to his lying cronies that have infiltrated our once fine state of Wisconsin. Perhaps we can get some decent people into our State House that can restore our reputation - to when other states sought to emulate Wisconsin, when other young adults moved here to find careers rather than jobs of servitude, when other states envied our environmental purity, our clean water, our beautiful resorts, fresh clean water/lakes/rivers to recreate in. Bright students came to Wisconsin to study at our fine University until the GOP agenda led by Walker was chipped away at the pride that graduates once felt on having graduated from our fine university system. Why is it that our graduates flee from Wisconsin after graduating from college? It is your stinking policies, Walker! It seems that you despise anyone getting a good education from pre-school on through college. Why is that? Is it spite, since you couldn't 'cut it'?

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