Trump Appointments (So Far)

UPDATES, HERE: http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2016/11/politics/new-cabinet/

Trump’s pick for Secretary of State: ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson  This one is controversial, given Tillerson’s cozy relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Via Red State

  1. Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus – The head of the Republican National Committee and the biggest in-party booster of Donald Trump, Priebus managed to pull an entire party infrastructure along to support the unconventional nominee to a historic win. As Chief of Staff, Priebus will be the key director of the Trump Administration.
  2. Chief Strategist: Steve Bannon – The CEO of Breitbart.com, Bannon orchestrated the outpouring of support from the site in the form of favorable stories and hit pieces on Trump’s opponents. He came into the campaign late, along with Kellyanne Conway, and is considered by the media to be one of the chief architects of Trump’s victory. The job of “chief strategist” isn’t a conventional Cabinet post, but similar jobs have been held by folks like Valerie Jarrett and Karl Rove.
  3. Attorney General: Jeff Sessions – An early supporter out of the Senate, Sessions has long been an immigration hawk, and crafted the immigration policies Trump touted on the campaign trail. However, it’s Sessions’ past as a U.S. Attorney and Attorney General of Alabama, and the successes he’s had in those roles, that has landed him the position of Attorney General under Donald Trump.
  4. Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos – Trump has tapped an avid school choice advocate and chairperson of the American Federation for Children to lead the U.S. Department of Education. DeVos comes from old money, but has used that money to fight for education reform. Her support of charter schools and voucher programs are likely reasons she was chosen for the spot.
  5. Director of the CIA: Mike Pompeo – Pompeo is an House Intelligence Committee member who has been incredibly hawkish on matters of global terrorism and the state of the U.S. intelligence community.
  6. National Security Adviser: Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn – With the increasing threat of Islamist activity both globally and on U.S. soil, Trump has selected Flynn, who is a known hardliner on the issue. Flynn was also an avid supporter of Donald Trump throughout the campaign.
  7. Ambassador to the United Nations: Nikki Haley – South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley seemed like a random pick, but she is a conservative favorite, and is a calm and collected speaker on key national issues. Trump referred to Haley as a “proven deal-maker,” a quality that surely appeals to him, as he made similar statements about himself on the campaign trail.
  8. Secretary of State – Jeff Sessions
  9. Secretary of the Treasury – With a country still in dire financial trouble, Trump will be looking for someone experienced enough to handle the national coffers and try to bring us back into financial solvency. Steven Mnuchin is the leading candidate, as someone who has worked for decades in private sector financial firms like Goldman Sachs. House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling and JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon are also said to be in the running.
  10. Secretary of Defense – Retired Marine General James Mattis appears to be the frontrunner here, despite questions as to whether or not he could legally get the job under U.S. law (one must be out of the military for seven years before they can have a position like this, and no means of waiving that rule seem to exist). Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and George W. Bush’s National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley are also possibilities.
  11. Secretary of the Interior – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is said to be the leading candidate for this job. However, others are being looked at as well. Venture capitalist Robert Grady, co-founder of Lucas Oil Forrest Lucas, and former Lt. Governor of Alaska Mead Treadwell are among the names mentioned.
  12. Secretary of Agriculture – The man who, days after the election, referred to Hillary Clinton as a c***, Texas Secretary of Agriculture Sid Miller, is supposedly the frontrunner here. However, former presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry is also said to be in the running.
  13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Trump is reportedly close to tapping Ben Carson for this role.
  14. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) – Georgia Representative Tom Price of Georgia is the favorite in this race, but former Louisiana Governor and presidential candidate Bobby Jindal is also in the running, and had worked for HHS under the Bush Administration.

The only ones I strongly object to (so far) are Nikki Haley, who showed her RINO colors when she disgracefully pandered to the perpetually outraged race baiters in South Carolina, and Mitt Romney, who ran a lackluster campaign against Obama and failed to pound his ass over the corruption, crimes, and unlawful, unconstitutional executive orders in the Obama regime.

Secretary of Defense picked:

President-elect Donald Trump kicked off his post-election “Thank You” tour Thursday by announcing that he would nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as secretary of defense.

At a rally in Cincinnati, Trump described Mattis as “one of our great, great generals” and added that a formal announcement would be made Monday, “so don’t tell anybody.”

“They say he’s the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have,” Trump told the crowd, “and it’s about time. It’s about time.”

A source close to Trump told Fox News that the president-elect’s decision to divulge the Mattis pick at the rally was a surprise. Transition sources had repeatedly described Mattis as the favorite for the defense secretary position, but stressed the choice had not been formally made. Just prior to Thursday night’s event, Trump himself played down the possibility that any announcement was imminent.

Deputy National Security Advisor:

From The Daily Mail:

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Fox News contributor KT McFarland to be his deputy national security advisor. Former Federal Election Commission chairman Don McGahn will be White House counsel when he takes office January 20.
MacFarland was at Trump Tower on November 18, emerging from one of the building’s elevators late that morning with retired Gen. Michael Flynn, whom Trump had tapped as his national security advisor – McFarland’s superior in the chain of command – just a few hours earlier.
Neither position announced Friday requires Senate confirmation.
‘I am proud that KT has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team,’ Trump said in a statement. ‘She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe.’
McFarland, known in Washington for a no-nonsense style that will complement the new president’s, said that ‘nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it. I’m honored and humbled that he has asked me to be part of his team.’

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Dr. Ben Carson.

Secretary of the Treasury: Former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin, who did in minutes what Barky couldn’t do in 8 years.

If you’re going to drain the swamp, this isn’t the way to do it:

Transportation Secretary:  Mitch McConnell’s wife and former Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao.

This is very bad news for conservatives concerned about Trump’s proposed $1 trillion infrastructure spending proposal. Sen. McConnell has worked on behalf of President Obama to shove a $305 billion highway bill through Congress, in addition to multiple other spending boondoggles. Now, McConnell’s wife will be whispering in Trump’s ear as the head of the department that requests infrastructure funding from Congress.

More:

Deputy Secretary of Commerce: Todd Ricketts

Commerce Secretary: Wilbur Ross

White House Counsel: Don McGahn

Interior Secretary: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Secretary of Labor: Andrew Puzder

Still open:

Agriculture Secretary

Energy Secretary

Veterans Affairs Secretary

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