Trump’s cabinet picks so far

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice
President-elect Mike Pence stand onstage
together at U.S. Bank Arena on December 1,
2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Trump took time off
from selecting the cabinet for his incoming
administration to celebrate his victory in the
general election. Ty Wright/Getty Images/AFP
US President-elect Donald Trump has added a
new name to his cabinet, tapping retired
general James Mattis to be his secretary of

He was the second retired general to be
picked for the cabinet after lieutenant
general Mike Flynn, Trump’s choice as
national security adviser.
The following is a list of key nominations
made by Trump so far:

– Cabinet-level –

Attorney General: Jeff Sessions, 69••

One of Trump’s earliest supporters during
the campaign, the anti-immigration senator
from Alabama has a much criticized record
on race relations and was once denied a
judgeship amid concerns over past comments
about blacks.

CIA Director: Mike Pompeo, 52••

A strident critic of the Iran nuclear deal, the
hawkish Kansas congressman was elected in
2010 to the House of Representatives, where
he was a member of the hardline Tea Party
faction and one of the leaders of the
controversial Benghazi Committee that
targeted Trump’s Democratic presidential
rival Hillary Clinton.

Commerce: Wilbur Ross, 79••

A US asset investor and billionaire, Ross is
best known for investing in failing steel and
coal firms and selling them for profit. He was
once known as the “king of bankruptcy” for
his history of investing in such businesses.

Defense Secretary: James Mattis, 66••

A retired four star Marine general, Mattis
commanded US forces in the Middle East and
Southwest Asia from 2010 to 2013, capping a
career as a combat commander that earned
him the nickname “Mad Dog.” A scholar of
warfare, he is said to have a particular
interest in the challenge posed by Iran. He
opposes the use of torture, bluntly telling
Trump in their first interview he could do
better with a pack of cigarettes and a couple
of beers. To become secretary of defense,
Mattis would have to get a congressional
waiver from a law that bars generals from
serving as defense secretary for seven years
after leaving active duty.

Education: Betsy DeVos, 58••

A wealthy activist and Republican megadonor
from Michigan, DeVos is a champion of
alternatives to local government schools, a
movement that advocates the use of tax
credits and vouchers to allow parents to opt
out of the public school system.

Health and Human Services: Tom Price, 62••

The Georgia lawmaker and former orthopedic
surgeon is a robust critic of President Barack
Obama’s signature health care reform law,
the Affordable Care Act, which has provided
health coverage to 20 million Americans.

National Security Advisor: Retired Lieutenant
General Michael Flynn, 57••

A top military counsel to Trump, the retired
three-star general, a veteran of America’s
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, has courted
controversy with extreme statements that
critics say border on Islamophobia, but has
taken a more flexible line on Russia and

Transportation: Elaine Chao, 63••

The Taiwan-born former US labor secretary
under president George W. Bush also served
as the deputy secretary of transportation in
his administration. She was the first Asian-
American woman to serve in the cabinet and
is the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch

Treasury: Steven Mnuchin, 53••

The Wall Street veteran was a partner at
Goldman Sachs before he launched an
investment fund backed by Democratic Party
supporter George Soros and financed
Hollywood blockbusters like “Avatar” and
“Suicide Squad.”

Ambassador to the UN: Nikki Haley, 44••

As South Carolina’s governor, Haley rose to
prominence when she led efforts for the
divisive Confederate flag to be pulled from
the state’s capitol following a 2015 massacre
at a historic black church in Charleston. The
daughter of Indian immigrants was sharply
critical of Trump during the election

– Non-cabinet positions –

Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus, 44••

Head of the Republican National Committee,
Priebus is a seasoned political operative who
can build bridges between Trump and a
skittish Republican leadership, particularly
House Speaker Paul Ryan, a longtime ally.

Chief Strategist: Steve Bannon, 63••

A key figure in Trump’s victorious election
campaign, Bannon served as the executive
chairman of conservative news platform
Breitbart, a favorite news source of the so-
called “alt right,” an offshoot conservative
movement that embraces a mixture of
populism, racism and white nationalism. His
appointment, which does not require Senate
confirmation, has been controversial.

White House Counsel: Donald McGahn••

A former commissioner and chairman of the
Federal Election Commission, McGahn
represents “elected officials, candidates,
national state parties, political consultants,
and others on political law issues,” as a
partner at the Jones Day law firm in

– Key positions still outstanding –


Trump has led a contentious search for
secretary of state. The prospective candidates
touted most frequently have been erstwhile
Trump critic and former Massachusetts
governor Mitt Romney and outspoken former
New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, along with
disgraced general David Petraeus and Senator
Bob Corker.

Homeland Security

Those believed to be under consideration
include Marine General John Kelly; Fran
Townsend, the former Homeland Security
advisor to president George W. Bush; and
Congressman Michael McCaul, the head of the
House Homeland Security Committee. 

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