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Before taking office, president elect Donald Trump must directly or indirectly appoint about 4,000 people to fill administrative positions. Below is a current list of people appointed  to serve as cabinet members and/or important White House functionaries.

450px-jeff_sessions_official_portraitJeff Sessions- Attorney General

Jeff Sessions is a very Republican senator from Alabama. He does have enough experience for the job, but a less than stellar record when awarding and enforcing civil rights. The US Attorney general represents the country in Supreme Court cases and gives legal advice to the president and other top officials.

michael_t_flynnMichael Flynn- National Security Advisor

Michael Flynn is a retired army general and longtime Trump supporter. He’s drawn criticism for his connections in Turkey and Russia, but nevertheless, has relevant experience for the job.

 

 

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Mike Pompeo- Director of the CIA

Mike Pompeo is a House Representative and former Army officer. He’s a vocal critic of Edward Snowden and Hilary Clinton. The CIA Director manages the agency and makes decisions about official procedures.

 

 

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Betsy deVos- Education Secretary

Betsy deVos has been a figure in Michigan politics for many years and has advocated for school choice, vouchers, and open enrollment. According to an editorial on Salon.com, Mrs. deVos never went to public school and belongs to a family which consistently donates large sums to Republican campaigns and policies.

 

 

reince_priebus_by_gage_skidmore_3Reince Priebus- White House Chief of Staff

Reince Priebus is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Firmly a member of the establishment GOP, he might act as a middle man between Trump and traditionalist Republicans. The White House Chief of Staff is more or less a Human Resources manager and glorified secretary to the President. This isn’t a cabinet position and won’t need Senate approval.

 

 

nikki-haleyNikki Haley- United Nations Ambassador 

Nikki Haley is the governor of South Carolina. She was a critic of Trump’s rhetoric during his campaigning, so her appointment was surprising. The UN Ambassador represents the nation’s interests on global issues at the United Nations conferences. She’s popular in the GOP party but has little experience with foreign policy.

 

Steve Bannon- Chief Strategist

Trump’s most controversial pick so far, Steve Bannon has been attacked by the media for racist and Anti-Semitic sentiments made in the name of alt-right Republican philosophy. His appointment doesn’t need to be approved by Congress. Presidential Chief Strategists have a significant influence on policy and the president’s actions.

Nomination Predictions

These are not official nominations, but people that Trump has mentioned/met with since election day.

Wilbur Ross- Commerce Secretary

Health and Human Services Secretary- Tom Price

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development- Ben Carson

Secretary of State- Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Bob Corker, John Bolton, John Kelly, Zalmay Kalilzad, David Petraeus

 

 

 

 

 

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