"First on CNN: Trump nixes Elliott Abrams for State Department job". I don't believe this monster was ever in the running. It is completely ridiculous to believe that Trump just learned of Abrams having acted against him in Trump's nomination run. Giving Abrams an interview is throwing a bone to Sheldon. A courtesy interview of a ridiculous candidate, like the ones Newt and Rudy got, is a signal that the supposed candidate is still 'in the loop', and increases future marketability as a Washington insider. People like Newt and Rudy make a good living off this kind of phony reputation as real Washington players. Next time he is up for negotiation, Abrams will get a bigger think-tank paycheck.