A list of potential Trump appointees?

The fact that this list went to Buzzfeed and TPM FIRST screams major questions about160720232714-01-donald-trump-with-mike-pence-rnc-convention-july-20-2016-large-169 its validity and credibility. But here we go:

Secretary of State:

John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who has expressed interest in the role

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

HELL NO to Corker and Haass.   Sessions needs to stay in the Senate. We need him there.  I don’t see Newt there at all.  Of this list, Bolton makes the most sense.  Lefties went batty over him when Bush tried to get him confirmed as UN ambassador. 

Treasury Secretary:

Steve Mnunchin, Goldman banker and Trump finance chairbeg

JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, though he said he would not be interested

Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services committee

Businessman Carl Icahn

HELL NO to Mnunchin or Dimon.  No more Wall Street cockroaches.  I could live with Hensarling or Icahn.  Hopefully, there are other candidates out there.

Secretary of Defense:

Retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

Stephen Hadley, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs under the George W. Bush Administration

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)nobs

Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO)

Former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)

No hell noes here.  Not real thrilled with Hadley, Kyl, or Talent.  Again, I’d like to see Sessions stay in the Senate. We need him there.  Hunter is a Marine Corps combat vet and Flynn is solid.  I could live with either of those two.

Attorney General:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, pegged as top contender by Politico

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

Pam Bondi, Attorney General of Florida

THIS is a good list.  (Except for Christie.  Nothing for him. Not even Oval Office toilet cleaner.)  I could very well live with any of the other three.  monkey

Secretary of the Interior:

Forrest Lucas, oilman

Jan Brewer, former Arizona governor

Gov. Mary Fallin of Oklahoma

Robert Grady, venture capitalist

Harold Hamm, Oklahoma oilman

Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Donald Trump Jr. reportedly has interest in the job

Not a big fan of this department.  I think Lummis or even Palin would be interesting choices. Palin would definitely drive the right people batty.  (Hopefully there are other candidates out there.)

Secretary of Agriculture:

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

Chuck Conner, CEO National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

Dave Heineman, former Governor of Nebraskabiggovt

Sid Miller, Texas’ Secretary of Agriculture

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Mike McCloskey, major dairy executive from Indiana

Bruce Rastetter, major GOP donor in Iowa

Kip Tom, farmer who ran unsuccessful Indiana congressional campaign

Don Villwock, president of Indiana Farm Bureau

Ted McKinney, director of Indiana Department of Agriculture

Again, another department that I’m not a fan of.  BIG NO to Sonny Perdue. Too much of a wuss.   Hopefully there are other choices.

Secretary of Commerce:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Dan DiMicco, Former Nucor CEO and Trump trade adviser

Businessman Lew Eisenberg

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

Sen. David Perdue (R-GA)

Former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent

Wilbur Ross, billionaire investor & Trump economic adviser

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry

Dimicco and Ross strike me as interesting.  No one else does.  (Maybe other choices will emerge here.)

Secretary of Labor:

Victoria Lipnic, EEOC commissioner

Don’t know enough on this one.  Hopefully, I’ll learn something positive or we’ll get more choices.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:

Former New Jersey state Sen. Rich Bagger, though Politico calls the suggestion a “longer shot”

Ben Carson

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Carson is a slam dunk here.  Scott, a former hospital exec, would be interesting.  But do we want to risk the Florida governorship? 

Secretary of Energy:

Venture Capitalist Robert Grady

Harold Hamm, Continental Resources CEO

Um, more choices PLEASE.

Secretary of Education:

Trump has suggested the Department of Education will be reduced, if not completely dismantled, in his administration, but that has not diminished speculation.

Ben Carson

William Evers, Hoover Institution fellow and senior advisor to Bush Administration’s Secretary of Education

Don’t know about Carson here.  Evers, with his Hoover background, could be interesting.  Though, more choices would be great.

Veterans Affairs:

Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL)

Again, I hate to risk a House seat. It would be great to see more choices here.

Secretary of Homeland Security:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Sheriff David Clarke of Milwaukee County

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), House Homeland Security chair

If these are the three choices — CLARKE by a long shot.  

Chief of Staff:

Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman, considered top contender according to BuzzFeed and NBC

Steve Bannon, Trump’s campaign chief and executive chairman of Breitbart

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump’s husband and owner of the New York Observer, was seen walking with Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, igniting speculation he might be in the running for the position under a Trump administration.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Rudy Giuliani

Reince Priebus

From this list, Bannon is the clear choice.  (Where is KellyAnn Conway?  She’d be a great pick, too.)

[…]Press Secretary:

Jason Miller – via CNN

Sean Spicer, RNC communications director

Big NO to Spicer.  No RNC cockroaches inside the big white house.

RNC Chair:

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager and current CNN contributor

David Bossie, Trump’s deputy campaign manager

Hopefully, there are more choices.  I could live with either of these two.  But Lewandowski edges out Bossie head-to-head.

[…] Environmental Protection Agency Administrator:

Myron Ebell, an official at Competitive Enterprise Institute, who has running Trump’s EPA working group

Robert Grady, venture capitalist

Joe Aiello, director, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Environmental Safety and Quality Assurance

Carol Comer, commissioner, Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General of Arkansas

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is VERY GOOD on environmental issues.  Ebell could be a real plus here.  

4 thoughts on “A list of potential Trump appointees?

  1. HHS. It and it’s subagency, the National Institutes of Health are rife with cronyism and wasteful spending….Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has been conducting multiple investigations for months. I don’t know about Carson, but I bet Rick Scott would be the better of the two at the housecleaning that’s going to be necessary.

  2. Nothing is more important than the person who will be renegotiating trade deals. If those trade deals are done poorly it could realign the balance of world power. There is going to be a lot riding on whoever he picks for that job.

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