NEW YORK – A supporter of Donald Trump from early in his candidacy, WND author and Oxford professor Theodore Roosevelt Malloch is being referred to the Trump transition team as a candidate for either ambassador to the United Nations or to the United Kingdom.
The author of “Davos, Aspen, and Yale: My Life Behind the Elite Curtain as a Global Sherpa,” Malloch is a professor at Oxford’s business school and the chairman and CEO of Global Fiduciary Governance LLC. He also heads the Directors Forum Advisory Board at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the U.K. and is a former board member of the World Executive Forum, which hosts the Davos meetings.
The recommendation of Malloch for ambassadorial positions comes from sources close to the vice-president-elect, Mike Pence, and the top levels of the Heritage Foundation.
An American citizen by birth, Malloch raised eyebrows among his British academic colleagues by become an unofficial Trump surrogate, advocating the Republican candidate in his many interviews with the BBC in the U.K. during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Although he faced extreme skepticism among the intelligentsia in London and Europe, Malloch persisted to make the case that Trump was not a xenophobic nationalist, as Hillary Clinton and the Democrats tried to portray him. He portrayed Trump as a true capitalist who could be relied upon to take his business experience to rebuild America for the benefit of London and the European Union.
Return to ‘the glory our forefathers intended’
Malloch, a descendent of President Theodore Roosevelt, sees characteristics in Trump similar to those Roosevelt relied upon to achieve the White House.
“At the turn of the last century, TR took America into a new nationalism and basically built up the industrial base and its military power and put America where it is on the map in 101 different ways,” said Malloch in a January WND feature. “I think that Trump embodies in some ways that same kind of popular spirit, that national spirit that transcends parties, that could, to steal his own line from his campaign, ‘Make America Great Again.’ So I was joking the other day in another article that we might have to find some more rock on Mount Rushmore if we get a President Trump.”
At the beginning of the year, Malloch began working with Sam Clovis, a professor of economics at Morningside College whom Trump had appointed in August 2015 as a co-chairman and a top policy adviser for his 2016 presidential campaign.
Malloch advanced his policy advice in a series of more than 20 WND commentaries that began on Jan. 21, with a piece titled “The Candidate Who’ll Restore U.S. Spiritual Capital.” In it, he argued conservatives should rally around Trump, not only for his business acumen but because Trump “wants to bring America back to its spiritual and Constitutional moorings” as a necessary part of his aim “to make America great again.”
Malloch’s signature academic contribution internationally has been to articulate the importance of valuing and pursuing what he has characterized as “spiritual capital” in a secular age dominated by multinational corporations.
Malloch saw Trump as the ideal candidate who promised to be an inspiring U.S. president, both at home and around the world.
Malloch expressed his view in a March 6 WND commentary titled entitled “Understanding Trump as a Principled Politician.”
“For Trump, to exude confidence not only inspires others to confidence, but becomes a self-fulfilling act,” Malloch wrote. “But the truth is that to make America great again, one has to believe that one is a partial expression of that greatness. Trump wants all Americans to be included in that greatness he sees as possible for America, and he dares to extend his reach beyond party, class, race, gender and region.”
Malloch then proceeded to compare Trump with both Reagan and Lincoln.
“All three gentlemen have embraced the highest ideals of our Founding Fathers with the naiveté to believe their destiny was to assist this nation in fulfilling that dream,” he wrote.
Malloch concluded: “In the final analysis, Trump – like Reagan and Lincoln before him – loves America and welcomes the challenge to return this country to the glory our forefathers intended to bequeath to future generations.”
He said Trump “can embrace this challenge in this age because he is, after all, an entrepreneur.”
Malloch, who grew up in Philadelphia in the 1960s, has credentials in the U.S. State Department as well as a post in international economic analysis for the U.N. in Geneva, Switzerland. He has taught at Yale University.
For more than a decade he organized the seminars and presentations at both the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and at the celebrity-packed Aspen Institute. He currently serves as professor of strategic leadership and governance at the Henley Business School at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.
The New York Post reported Sunday that Richard Grenell, who served as spokesman to four U.S. ambassadors to the U.N. under President George W. Bush, is on Trump’s short list to be appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Grenell’s main experience is in public relations, as the co-founder of Capital Media Partners.
The post said Grenell is openly “gay,” pro-Israel and a critic of the Iran nuke deal. He slammed the Obama administration, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for failing to put Boko Haram on the terror list.