Who will be part of Donald Trump’s cabinet
The calls will start later today as President elect Donald J Trump begins the process of putting together his cabinet. People around Trump have a real short list of candidates they have been talking to about joining their team.
Multiple reports have RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in the lead position to become his Chief of Staff. That makes sense because of his relationship with Congress and the party establishment.
NBC News’ Katy Tur and Benjy Sarlin offered one of the first real looks at the team Donald Trump. They did a great job of working their sources and we know some of the people the Trump camp will be calling today.
Here are some of the names being kicking around with Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Newt Gingrich for secretary of state, retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser, Trump finance chairman Steve Mnuchin for Treasury secretary, and Republican National Committee finance chair Lew Eisenberg for commerce secretary.
Beside the NBC team of reporting we know there has been a number of changes that have been made with the biggest of them coming with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) of Alabama now is playing a key role in the transition. Vice President Mike Pence will be playing a major role.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the moment is not playing a role in the transition plans at least for now. With “Bridgegate,’ being over it is likely that he will get back in the game as long as nothing is going wrong.
Earlier this fall Eric Trump told The Hill that his father is determined to put together a Cabinet that can help him turn around the country. He suggested his father would look to the private sector to find effective leadership for government.
“You have to have the best people, and you have to put those people in charge, and those people have to be the best at what they do, and that’s going to be my father’s message,” Trump said.
“If we’re going to have the biggest deals in the world, which are trade deals, why not have the best guys negotiate this? Why not have the Carl Icahns or the top guys of Wall Street?” he added. “It’s why they’re worth millions and billions of dollars.”