So What Does the List of Potential Trump Cabinet Members Look Like?

So What Does the List of Potential Trump Cabinet Members Look Like?
President-elect Donald Trump smiles as he arrives to speak at an election night rally, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

It’s just two days out from the election, but there is already speculation over what a President Trump cabinet will look like (other than being gilded and obnoxious).

Buzzfeed News has gotten their hands on a preliminary list of potential cabinet positions, put together by Trump’s transition team. The list, of course, could change as his inauguration draws closer, but it’s an interesting look into how payback for endorsements works.

For example, Governor Chris Christie will surely get some sort of position, as he is a suggested pick for several different positions, ranging Attorney General, to Secretary of Commerce, to Secretary of Homeland Security.

And yes, Sarah Palin makes a screeching appearance on the list, as well.

And what about our lovely RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus? Could there be a bit of tit-for-tat in blocking the possibility of an actual conservative taking the top spot?

In a handful of instances there is only one candidate listed — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is the only name listed for chief of staff, EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic is listed for secretary of labor, Rep. Jeff Miller as veterans affairs administrator, Sen. Jeff Sessions as director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Donald McGahn, who has served as counsel to Trump’s campaign, to be White House counsel.

Chief of Staff?

Well, being a weasel has its privileges, I suppose.

OH… and do we remember the whole stink about Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, and the dropped investigation into the fraudulent Trump University’s operations in the state?

It seems that she got more than just a campaign contribution. She’s also listed as a potential Attorney General pick.

Ben Carson makes several appearances, as a potential Secretary of Education or Secretary of Health and Human Services.

That last one actually makes sense. For as awful of a candidate as he was, Carson is undoubtedly a brilliant doctor and would likely bring much to the positon.

Of course, he’ll have to fight back opposition from Newt Gingrich and Governor Rick Scott for that particular position, according to the list.

As was pointed out, the list may change, and some of the names may be just to get people stirred up.

I’m disappointed to see Governor Rick Perry was not named in this preliminary list, but as he has not been fully utilized as a surrogate (although he did his part), it could be that the gilded toad is still nursing the wounds of Perry’s very accurate early attacks on him.

Or he just may be playing a head game. Who knows?

Here is the list, however. Look it over and see what you think.

Attorney General:

Gov. Chris Christie

Attorney General Pam Bondi

Sen. Jeff Sessions

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Secretary of Commerce:


Former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco

Businessman Lew Eisenberg

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee

Sen. David Purdue

Former Sen. Jim Talent

Agriculture Secretary:

Gov. Sam Brownback

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner

Gov. Dave Heineman

Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Secretary of Education:

Ben Carson

Hoover Institution fellow William Evers

Secretary of Energy:

Venture Capitalist Robert Grady

Businessman Harold Hamm

Secretary of Health and Human Services:

Former New Jersey state Sen. Rich Bagger

Ben Carson

Newt Gingrich

Gov. Rick Scott

Secretary of Homeland Security:


Sheriff David Clarke

Secretary of the Interior:

Gov. Jan Brewer

Gov. Mary Fallin



Oil Executive Forrest Lucas

Rep. Cynthia Lummis

Former Gov. Sarah Palin

Secretary of Defense:

Former Gen. Mike Flynn

Stephen Hadley

Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr.


Former Sen. Jim Talent

Secretary of State:

John Bolton

Sen. Bob Corker


Treasury Secretary:

Rep. Jeb Hensarling

Businessman Carl Icahn

Banker Steven Mnuchin

Chief of Staff:

Reince Priebus

Director of Office of Management and Budget:


Secretary of Labor:

EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic

Veterans Affairs:

Rep. Jeff Miller

White House Counsel:

Donald McGahn


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