Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Donald Trump: A list of potential conflicts of interest

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Donald Trump: A list of potential conflicts of interest

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Donald Trump: A list of potential conflicts of interest

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Donald Trump's extensive, international business holdings means he will have to make decisions as leader of the US that also impact his businesses. A look at some of his potential conflicts of interest.
The Trump Organization is an umbrella organization for Donald Trump's hundreds of investments in real estate, branding and other deals.
As head of the executive branch and a business owner, he would have the ability to influence both US policy and government agencies to benefit his bottom line.
Presidents are not subject to the same conflict of interest rules as other government employees, and previous commander-in-chiefs have placed their investments into a blind trust to prevent any question of corruption.
Previously Mr Trump has only said three of his adult children will be running the Trump Organization, but they are also members of his transition team and have sat in on meetings and calls with foreign leaders.
Now the president-elect has tweeted that he will hold a press conference on 15 December "discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total" because the "Presidency is a far more important task!"
Mr Trump has not specified what this means in practice other than "legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations".
Ethics experts have urged Trump to liquidate his business holdings so that he can avoid any appearance of a conflict.
Below is a list of known conflicts of interest for Mr Trump, both foreign and domestic. Because his business is private, the extent of his holdings - and the potential for conflicts - are unknown.
Many of these conflicts were reported before Mr Trump won the election, but have become more pressing as his transition team begins to make decisions about his presidency.

American conflicts of interest
40 Wall Street
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The Trump Organization owns the right to lease the space in this office building in Manhattan - and makes money from the rent paid to the building.
According to Bloomberg News, there are five ongoing federal investigations into current or former tenants of 40 Wall Street, mostly for securities fraud.
Those investigations are headed up by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and Mr Trump will appoint a new SEC chair once he takes office.

Dakota Access Pipeline
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Sioux tribes and allies have been protesting for months to prevent the Dakota Access pipeline from being build under water supplies near the Standing Rock reservation.
Trump had a partial investment - somewhere between $500,000 and $1m - in the parent company of the firm building Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfers Partners.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks says Mr Trump has sold his stock in Energy Transfer Partners. But another one of Trump's stock holdings, Phillips 66, owns a 25% share in the project.
It's unclear if the president-elect has also sold his stock in Phillips 66, as his last financial disclosure was in May.
The US Army and the interior department have delayed a decision on the future of the pipeline until it can consult further with other local communities.Mr Trump's political appointee to head the interior department could ultimately be responsible for the decision.

Deutsche Bank
One of Trump's major lenders on his real estate projects is Deutsche Bank.
The bank is currently in negotiations with the US justice department to settle a case involving misleading buyers when it sold mortgage bonds backed by risky loans.If Deutsche Bank does not settle by inauguration day, Mr Trump's administration would be in charge of the negotiations.

General Service Administration
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Image caption Donald Trump (C) and his family prepare to cut the ribbon at the new Trump International Hotel in October 2016
The Trump Organization leases the Old Post Office Building from US government's General Services Administration (GSA) for the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC.Trump as president is both "landlord and tenant" of this building, says Steven Schooner, who along with Daniel Gordon, have called on Trump to end the lease.
The 60-year lease will likely involve renegotiations - and the person responsible on setting the rent prices would ultimately report to the head of the GSA, a Trump appointee.In addition, the lease bars any federal employee, including elected officials, from benefitting from contracts with the government.
Meanwhile. the hotel has already been pitched to foreign diplomats as a place to stay while in Washington, raising concerns that foreign governments could see booking expensive rooms at the Trump International as a way to gain favour with the Trump administration.

National Labor Relations Board
On 3 November, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that Trump International Hotel Las Vegas - which Trump co-owns - broke the law by refusing to negotiate with a hotel workers' union.
The hotel appealed the case to a higher court. But eight other labour disputes involving the Las Vegas hotel are currently before the board.
Trump will appoint two empty seats on the five-person board after he becomes president, and the NLRB is facing an unprecedented situation on how to rule on disputes that will affect the president's business.

Secret Service plane costs
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During the campaign, Trump's airplane company, TAG Air, billed the Secret Service for flying on Trump's 747 while protecting the candidate. It is standard for Secret Service to pay their own way on private aircraft, and during the campaign, this was tracked by the Federal Election Commission through campaign finance reports.
While Mr Trump will fly on Air Force One and other US aircraft as president, if Trump or Pence family members are assigned protective detail and decide to fly on Trump planes, the Secret Service would need to reimburse TAG Air - and ultimately Mr Trump - for the flights.
Such amounts are part of Secret Service's normal budget and are unlikely to be disclosed.

Foreign holdings

According to Trump's financial disclosure, he has investments in or owns companies in at least 20 countries. Unlike his domestic business, Mr Trump could run afoul of a clause in the US constitution by continuing to profit from these deals.
The emoluments clause specific prevents anyone who holds a US "office of trust or profit" from accepting gifts, payments or any benefit from a foreign nation.
Even routine business benefits like tax breaks would likely violate the emoluments clause once Mr Trump becomes president.
One former White House ethics lawyer has argued Mr Trump would be violation of the constitution "on day one", if he keeps his business.
In addition to emoluments, Mr Trump's foreign policy decisions could be called into question in any country in which the Trump Organization does business, especially when his policies would benefit the firm's holdings overseas.Here are some of Mr Trump's larger business deals that intersect with US foreign policy.

An Argentine broadcaster reported Mr Trump allegedly asked President Mauricio Macri for his support to build an office tower in Buenos Aires while on call during Mr Trump's transition period.
Mr Macri's office and the Trump campaign have denied the report.
However, several days later, the Buenos Aires firm building the tower announced construction of the project was going ahead after years of delays.

A waterfront property in Rio de Janeiro, branded with the Trump name through a licensing deal, is the subject of a federal inquiry after two small Brazilian pension funds invested heavily in the unfinished project, with allegations of bribery.

The Bank of China is one of China's largest banks and also majority state-owned. It holds the title on a $950m loan for a New York Building in which Trump is a part owner. Mr Trump has previously labelled China a currency manipulator.
Another largely government-owned Chinese bank - the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China - has space in Trump Tower, paying rent to the Trump Organization.

Trump has a licensing deal for buildings in Mumbai and Pune.
One of his deals is with the Lodha Group, whose founder, Mangal Lodha, is also a vice-president in the ruling government party, BJP.
Shortly after Mr Trump won the presidency, some of his Indian business partners flew to the US to congratulate Mr Trump, who took time out of transition meetings to discuss "US-India relations".

Philippines' newest trade envoy to the United States is the same man who is building Trump Tower Manila. Like many of Trump's branding projects, Mr Trump does not own the building himself, but licenses his name to the building in return for regular payments.
Trump family members have previously promoted the project, including a promotional video.
The trade envoy/business partner reportedly flew to US to hold a private meeting with Mr Trump after the election.

Saudi Arabia
During the course of the campaign, Trump created eight business ventures tied to a potential real estate deal in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Trump told Fox News earlier this year, he "would want to protect Saudi Arabia. But Saudi Arabia is going to have to help us economically".

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In 2008, Trump entered a licensing partnership with Turkish conglomerate Dogan Holdings, who were planning to build two residential and business towers in Istanbul's business district.
Relations between Dogan Holdings and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan have turned sour since the towers opened in 2012.
The Dogan family, also own a paper critical of Mr Erdogan.
An earlier story from Newsweek argues the poisoned relationship between Mr Erdogan and the Dogans means Mr Trump would have a direct conflict between his business interests and his relationship with a US ally.
Turkey's importance in the fight against IS and the Syrian civil war makes the stakes much higher.

UK golf courses
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Image caption Trump visits the golf course he owns in Aberdeen, Scotland
Mr Trump owns two golf courses in Scotland and has recently asked Nigel Farage to oppose wind farms, not because he believed they were bad for the UK or contradicted US energy goals, but because a wind project would potentially lower the value of one of his golf courses.
"He did not say he hated wind farms as a concept; he just did not like them spoiling the views," Andy Wigmore, the Leave.EU communications director at the meeting told the New York Times and the Express.
The golf courses could also be affected as part of Brexit negotiations or a second Scottish independence referendum.

Wikipedia:Cabinet of Donald Trump

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Cabinet of Donald Trump
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Cabinet of Donald Trump

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The cabinet of Donald Trump will replace Barack Obama's cabinet in 2017, as part of the transition of power following the United States presidential election, 2016.


Announced Cabinet positions

All members of the Cabinet require the advice and consent of the United States Senate following appointment by the President prior to taking office. The Vice Presidency is exceptional in that the position requires election to office pursuant to the United States Constitution. Although some are afforded Cabinet-level rank, non-cabinet members within the Executive Office of the President, such as White House Chief of Staff, National Security Advisor, and White House Press Secretary, do not hold constitutionally created positions and most do not require Senate confirmation for appointment.
The following have been named as Cabinet appointees by the President-elect. Other high-level positions are listed at List of Donald Trump political appointments.
Cabinet of President-elect Donald J. Trump

Cabinet members

Date announced
Designee Office
Date announced
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Vice President
Elected November 8, 2016
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Mike Pence
of Indiana
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Secretary of State


Secretary of the Treasury
November 30
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Steven Mnuchin
of California
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Secretary of Defense

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Attorney General
November 18
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Jeff Sessions
of Alabama

Secretary of the Interior


Secretary of Agriculture


Secretary of Commerce
November 30
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Wilbur Ross
of New Jersey
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Secretary of Labor


Secretary of Health and Human Services
November 29
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Tom Price
of Georgia

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development


Secretary of Transportation
November 29
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Elaine Chao
of Kentucky
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Secretary of Energy


Secretary of Education
November 23
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Betsy DeVos
of Michigan
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs

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Secretary of Homeland Security

Cabinet-level officials


White House Chief of Staff
November 13
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RNC Chairman
Reince Priebus
of Wisconsin
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Ambassador to the United Nations
November 23
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Nikki Haley
of South Carolina
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Administrator of the
Environmental Protection Agency


United States Trade Representative


Director of the
Office of Management and Budget

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Chairman of the
Council of Economic Advisers


Administrator of the
Small Business Administration

Source: NPR[1]

History of the Cabinet

Choosing members of the presidential Cabinet (and other high-level positions) is a complicated process, which begins prior to the November 2016 general election results being known. In the case of the Trump'16 campaign, his former rival for the Republican nomination Chris Christie was appointed to lead the transition team in May of 2016, shortly after Ted Cruz and John Kasich suspended their campaigns (thus making Trump the presumptive nominee of the party). In addition to various other responsibilities, the transition team is responsible for making preliminary lists of potential executive branch appointees -- at least for the several dozen high-level positions if not for the several thousand lower-level positions -- and doing some early vetting work on those people. The transition team also hires policy experts (over 100 in the case of the Trump transition team by October 2016), using primarily federal funds and federal office space, to help plan how the hypothetical-at-the-time future Trump administration will implement their policy-goals via the various federal agencies and departments.
After the election in November 2016, when the Trump/Pence ticket defeated the Clinton/Kaine ticket as well as various third party opponents, the transition team was quickly reshuffled and expanded; Mike Pence was given the lead role (over Chris Christie), and several additional top-level transition personnel were added to the transition effort, most of them from the now-finished campaign effort. During the remainder of 2016, the team continued finding and vetting potential nominees for the various positions, as the Electoral College process was ongoing (including recounts in some states where the winning margin was relatively tiny) and prior to the presidential inauguration in January 2017.
President-elect Trump announced his first post-election Cabinet nominee, Jeff Sessions for the role of United States Attorney General, on November 18, 2016. (Trump had earlier announced Mike Pence as his pick for vice-presidential running mate in July 2016, which was shortly thereafter confirmed by the delegates to the Republican National Convention when they officially nominated first Trump and then Pence.) Although most positions were simultaneously under consideration by the transition team, the official announcement of offers, and the public acceptance of the offers, usually happens gradually as slots are filled (Richard Nixon being the exception).
President[2] Week#1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9 Week#10 Notes
Nixon '68


The twelfth Cabinet role was quasi-privatized in 1971.
Carter '76

1 2 7 2

New roles: Energy in 1977, Education in 1979.
Reagan '80

8 4

1 Reagan was unable to abolish the federal Department of Education.
Bush '88 2 2

1 3 5

1 New role: VA. Three of the four earliest nominees were continuations of the Reagan Cabinet.
Clinton '92

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Bush '00

1 5 8

Announcements of appointees were delayed by the Florida recount. New role: DHS in 2003.
Obama '08

1 4 2 4 4

Trump '16 1 1 2+ TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD There are officially fifteen Cabinet positions to nominate; Senate confirmation of nominees usually follows the inauguration.
The following people were considered (or received media speculation as being considered) as potential nominees to Cabinet roles in the Trump administration, prior to the selection of a final nominee for the role in question.

Vice President

There were dozens of potential running mates for Trump who received media speculation (including several from New York where Trump himself resides). Trump's eventual pick of Governor Mike Pence from Indiana was officially announced on July 16, 2016 and confirmed by acclamation via parliamentary procedure amongst delegates to the 2016 Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016.

Attorney General

Trump's selection of Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama was officially announced on November 18, 2016.
Image Appointee Name Description

Pam Bondi Attorney General of Florida[3]

Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey, former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey[4]

Ted Cruz U.S. Senator from Texas and 2016 presidential candidate[5]

Trey Gowdy Chair of the House Benghazi Committee, U.S. Representative from South Carolina's 4th congressional district[3]

Rudy Giuliani Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, former Associate Attorney General, former Mayor of New York City[6][7][8]

Kris Kobach Secretary of State of Kansas[9]

Henry McMaster Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina[10]

Green tick Jeff Sessions U.S. Senator from Alabama; Member of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services from Alabama; Former Attorney of the Southern District of Alabama[4]

Secretary of Education

Trump's selection of former RNC member Betsy DeVos from Michigan was officially announced on November 23, 2016.
Image Appointee Name Description

Tony Bennett Former Florida Education Commissioner; former Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction[3]

Kevin Chavous Member of the Council of the District of Columbia from Ward 7[3]

Ben Carson former professor at Johns Hopkins University, retired neurosurgeon, presidential candidate in 2016 (endorsed Trump shortly after suspending his own campaign)[11]

Mitch Daniels President of the Purdue University System; former Governor of Indiana; former Director of the Office of Management and Budget[3]

Green tick Betsy DeVos Former Chair of the Michigan Republican Party[3]

Bill Evers Resident Scholar at the Hoover Institution; Senior Advisor to the United States Secretary of Education[4]

Luke Messer U.S. Representatives from Indiana's 6th congressional district[3]

Michelle Rhee Former Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools[3]

Gerald Robinson Former Virginia Education Secretary[3]

Scott Walker Governor of Wisconsin; 2016 presidential candidate[3]

Secretary of Health and Human Services

Trump's selection of Representative Tom Price from Georgia was officially announced on November 28, 2016.[12][13][14]
Appointee Name Description

Rich Bagger Executive Vice President of Celgene; former transition executive director, former New Jersey State Senator[15]

Ben Carson retired neurosurgeon, former professor at Johns Hopkins University, presidential candidate in 2016 (endorsed Trump shortly after suspending his own campaign)[11]

Mike Huckabee Former Governor of Arkansas; former Chair of the National Governors Association; 2016 presidential candidate[16]

Bobby Jindal Former Governor of Louisiana; 2016 presidential candidate[16]
Green tick Tom Price Chair of the House Budget Committee, U.S. Representative for Georgia's 6th congressional district, orthopedic surgeon.[17]

Rick Scott Governor of Florida[16]

Secretary of Transportation

On November 29, 2016 it was reported that President-elect Trump selected former United States Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao of Kentucky as his Secretary of Transportation.[18][19]
Apointee Name Description

Lou Barletta U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district[20]
Green tick Elaine Chao Former Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, and Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H. W. Bush, wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell[21][22]

John Mica Former Chair of the House Transportation Committee, Outgoing U.S. Representative from Florida's 7th congressional district[23]

Harold Ford Jr. Democratic U.S. Representative from Tennessee's 9th congressional district[24]

Mark Rosenker Former Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board[3]

Jim Simpson Former New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation; Former Federal Transit Administrator[3]

Possible candidates for open Cabinet positions

After election day, media outlets reported on persons described by various sources as possible appointments to senior positions in the incoming Trump presidency. The number of people which have received media attention as potential cabinet appointees is higher than in most previous presidential elections, partly because the Trump'16 campaign staff (and associated PACs) was significantly smaller and less expensive,[25] thus there are not as many people already expected to receive specific roles in the upcoming Trump administration. In particular, "Trump ha[d] a smaller policy brain trust [policy group] than a new president normally carries"[26] because as an anti-establishment candidate who began his campaign by largely self-funding his way to the Republican party nomination,[27] unlike most previous presidential winners "Trump does not have the traditional cadre of Washington insiders and donors to build out his Cabinet."[28] An additional factor that tends to make the field of potential nominees especially broad, is that unlike most presidential transition teams who select politicians as their appointees, the Trump transition team "has started with a mandate to hire from the private sector [as opposed to the governmental sector] whenever possible."[28]
Until the Trump Administration announces their official cabinet, and those nominees are confirmed by the Senate (where applicable), this page will continue to be updated with new information and potential positions. The membership of the presidential cabinet also tends to evolve during the course of the presidency; turnover often causes individual names to change, and more rarely, creation of new departments and merging/downsizing of existing departments can alter the size of the cabinet. Names mentioned include:

Secretary of State

Image Name Description
Richard L. Armitage.jpeg Richard Armitage Member of the board at ConocoPhilips, Deputy Secretary of State 2001-2005 under George W. Bush, ambassador to former Soviet Bloc countries 1991-1993, emissary to Jordan, (Deputy) Assistant Secretary of Defense (1981)-1983-1989 under Reagan, worked in Iran and Thailand, three combat tours in Vietnam; said he would vote for Clinton in June 2016.[29]
Ambassador John Bolton at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (cropped).jpg John Bolton Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations[16]
Bob Corker official Senate photo.jpg Bob Corker U.S. Senator from Tennessee and Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee[6]
Carly Fiorina by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg Carly Fiorina Former CEO of Hewlett-Packard; 2016 presidential candidate; briefly 2016 vice presidential candidate[30]
Tulsi Gabbard, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Tulsi Gabbard Democratic U.S. Representative from Hawaii's 2nd congressional district[31]
Newt Gingrich by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Newt Gingrich 2012 presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House in the mid-1990s, author and commentator[32] (However, Gingrich has stated he does not intend to accept a cabinet position, preferring to focus on long-term planning.)
Rudy Giuliani by Gage Skidmore.jpg Rudy Giuliani Former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, former Associate Attorney General, former Mayor of New York City[33][34][35]
RichardNHaass.jpg Richard Haass President of the Council on Foreign Relations[36]
Kelly 2012.jpg John Kelly Retired General of the United States Marine Corps, former Commander of the United States Southern Command[34][37]
Zalmay Khalilzad in October 2011-cropped.jpg Zalmay Khalilzad Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations[16]
Jon Kyl by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jon Kyl Former U.S. Senator from Arizona[30]
StanleyMcChrystal.jpg Stanley McChrystal Retired General of the United States Army, former Commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan[16]
Henry Paulson official Treasury photo, 2006.jpg Henry Paulson fellow at University of Chicago 2011-2016 and John Hopkins 2009-2010, Treasury Secretary 2006-2009 under George W. Bush (also contributed to U.S.-China relations), (employee and eventually) CEO of Goldman Sachs (1974)-1999-2006, Nixon administration staffer 1972-1973, staff assistant at the Pentagon 1970-1972; endorsed Clinton in June 2016[29]
DCIA David Petraeus.jpg David Petraeus Retired General of the United States Army, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency[38][39][35]
Dana Rohrabacher 113th Congress.jpg Dana Rohrabacher U.S. Representative for California's 48th congressional district; Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats[40]
Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 7.jpg Mitt Romney Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican presidential nominee[34][41][42][35]
Jeff Sessions official portrait.jpg Jeff Sessions U.S. Senator from Alabama, former Attorney General of Alabama. (Although considered for the Secretary of State role,[11] Sessions instead became the nominee for United States Attorney General as of November 18, 2016.)
Jim Webb official 110th Congress photo.jpg Jim Webb Former Democratic U.S. Senator and United States Secretary of the Navy[43]

Secretary of Defense

Image Name Description
Mattis Centcom 2010.jpg James Mattis Retired General of the United States Marine Corps; former commander of the United States Central Command[44][45]
Tom Cotton official Senate photo.jpg Tom Cotton U.S. Senator from Arkansas[3]
Tulsi Gabbard, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Tulsi Gabbard Democratic U.S. Representative from Hawaii's 2nd congressional district[31]
Hadleybio.jpg Stephen Hadley Former U.S. National Security Advisor[6][46]
Duncan Hunter 113th Congress.jpg Duncan D. Hunter U.S. Representative for California's 50th congressional district[47]
Jon Kyl by Gage Skidmore.jpg Jon Kyl Former U.S. Senator from Arizona[4]
Gov. Perry CPAC February 2015.jpg Rick Perry Former Governor of Texas, 2016 presidential candidate[48]
DCIA David Petraeus.jpg David Petraeus Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency[49]
Jim Talent official photo.jpg Jim Talent Former U.S. Senator from Missouri who was on the Senate Armed Services Committee[50]
Jim Webb official 110th Congress photo.jpg Jim Webb Former Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia and United States Secretary of the Navy[43]
James Woolsey 2015.jpg Jim Woolsey Former Director of Central Intelligence[3]

Secretary of the Interior

Image Name Description
Jan Brewer by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg Jan Brewer Former Governor of Arizona[16]
Sarah Palin by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Sarah Palin 2008 vice presidential nominee; former Governor of Alaska[6][51][52][53]
Mary Fallin.jpg Mary Fallin Governor of Oklahoma[3]
Robert Grady at the NVCA Annual Meeting.png Robert Grady Venture capitalist and private equity investor [4]
Harold Hamm 2012 Shankbone.JPG Harold Hamm Oil and natural gas businessman[4]
No image.svg Forrest Lucas CEO and president of Lucas Oil[54]
CynthiaLummis.jpg Cynthia Lummis Outgoing U.S. Representative from Wyoming's at-large congressional district[3]
Pombo richard.jpg Richard Pombo Former U.S. Representative from California's 11th congressional district, former Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee[3]
Mead Treadwell, Photo 1.jpg Mead Treadwell Former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska[3]
No image.svg Ray Washburne Dallas-based investor and former vice chairman of the 2016 Trump Victory Committee[55]

Secretary of Agriculture

Image Name Description
Sam Brownback official portrait 3.jpg Sam Brownback Governor of Kansas[4]
Charles F. Conner, official USDA photo portrait.jpg Chuck Conner Former Acting United States Secretary of Agriculture[4]
Dave Heineman official photo.jpg Dave Heineman Former Governor of Nebraska[3]
Tim Huelskamp.jpg Tim Huelskamp Outgoing U.S. Representative from Kansas's 1st congressional district[15]
No image.svg Sid Miller Texas Agriculture Commissioner[56]
Jerry Moran, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Jerry Moran U.S. Senator from Kansas[57]
Sonny Perdue.JPG Sonny Perdue Former Governor of Georgia[4]
Gov. Perry CPAC February 2015.jpg Rick Perry Former Governor of Texas, 2016 presidential candidate[11]

Secretary of Labor

Image Name Description
Lou Barletta.jpg Lou Barletta Republican U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district since 2011.[58]
Victoria Lipnic.jpg Victoria Lipnic Member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards[6][7]
No image.svg Peter Kirsanow Attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights[3]
Andy Puzder.jpeg Andy Puzder CEO of CKE Restaurants,[3] delegate to Republican National Convention platform committee in 2012 and 2016,[59][60][61] backed comprehensive immigration reform in 2013,[62] supports defederalization of minimum wage regulations because he believes increases in the minimum wage end up actually costing jobs through the unintended consequence of increasing automation.[63]

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Image Name Description
Ben Carson by Gage Skidmore 6.jpg Ben Carson Former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland[64] and candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2016 He is likely to be nominated as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Secretary of Energy

Image Name Description
James L. Connaughton.jpg James Connaughton Chief executive of Nautilus Data Technologies and former Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality[16]
Kevin Cramer, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Kevin Cramer U.S. Representative from North Dakota's at-large congressional district[3]
Robert Grady at the NVCA Annual Meeting.png Robert Grady Venture capitalist and private equity investor[4]
Harold Hamm 2012 Shankbone.JPG Harold Hamm Billionaire Continental Resources CEO[6][65]
No image.svg J. Larry Nichols Chairman of Devon Energy Corporation[55]
Gov. Perry CPAC February 2015.jpg Rick Perry Former Governor of Texas, 2016 presidential candidate[66]

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Image Name Description
Jeff Miller Congress.JPG Jeff Miller Chair of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, U.S. Representative from Florida's 1st congressional district[67]
Tulsi Gabbard, official portrait, 113th Congress.jpg Tulsi Gabbard Democratic U.S. Representative from Hawaii's 2nd congressional district[68]
Sbrownofficial.jpg Scott Brown Former U.S. Senator from Massachusetts[69][70]
Sarah Palin by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Sarah Palin 2008 vice presidential nominee; former Governor of Alaska[71][72]
Gov. Perry CPAC February 2015.jpg Rick Perry Former Governor of Texas, 2016 presidential candidate[73]
Mitt Romney by Gage Skidmore 7.jpg Mitt Romney Former Governor of Massachusetts and 2012 Republican presidential nominee[74]

Secretary of Homeland Security

Image Name Description
No image.svg Kris Kobach Secretary of State of Kansas; former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party[75]
Joe Arpaio (27482869280).jpg Joe Arpaio Outgoing Sheriff of Maricopa County[16]
David Clarke by Gage Skidmore.jpg David Clarke Sheriff of Milwaukee County[50]
Rudy Giuliani by Gage Skidmore.jpg Rudy Giuliani former Mayor of New York City, 2008 presidential candidate, former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, former Associate Attorney General.[11]
John Katko.jpg John Katko U.S. Representative from New York's 24th congressional district[3]
Kelly 2012.jpg John F. Kelly United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command[76]
Peter T. King, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg Peter King U.S. Representative from New York's 2nd congressional district[77]
Steve King Official.jpg Steve King U.S. Representative from Iowa's 4th congressional district[78]
No image.svg Kris Kobach Secretary of State of Kansas; former chairman of the Kansas Republican Party[75]
Michael McCaul official photo.jpg Mike McCaul Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee; U.S. Representative from Texas's 10th congressional district[4]
Gov. Perry CPAC February 2015.jpg Rick Perry Former Governor of Texas, 2016 presidential candidate[79]
Frances Townsend cropped.JPG Frances Townsend Top homeland security and counterterrorism official in the George W. Bush administration.[42]

Possible candidates for Cabinet-level officials

Cabinet-level officials have positions that are considered to be of Cabinet level, but which are not part of the Cabinet.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Image Name Description
Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker 07.jpg Scott Walker Governor of Wisconsin; 2016 presidential candidate[80]
Tom Coburn official portrait 112th Congress.jpg Tom Coburn Former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma[3]

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

Image Name Description
No image.svg Myron Ebell Chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition; director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and leading climate change denier[52][81]
Robert Grady at the NVCA Annual Meeting.png Robert Grady Venture Capitalist and Private Equity Investor[16]
No image.svg Jeff Holmstead Lawyer for Bracewell LLP; Former Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency[16]
CynthiaLummis.jpg Cynthia Lummis Outgoing U.S. Representative from Wyoming's at-large congressional district[3]
Scott Pruitt by Gage Skidmore.jpg Scott Pruitt Attorney General of Oklahoma[3]
Leslie Rutledge by Gage Skidmore.jpg Leslie Rutledge Attorney General of Arkansas[3]

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

Image Name Description
Dan DiMicco with Trade Representative.jpg Dan DiMicco Former Nucor Corporation CEO; Trade Advisor for Donald Trump[4]

See also


  • "CHART: Who's Who In The Future Trump Administration". National Public Radio. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
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