Donald Trump has secured a decisive victory in the 2016 presidential election and will become the 45th president. As the new president-elect prepares to take office in January, he will shortly begin announcing cabinet appointments. But who will take a top job in Donald Trump’s administration? In this article, we’ll take a look at the key figures from Donald Trump’s campaign that he could reward with cabinet positions and how the new president is likely to fill some of the country’s most important positions.
Secretary of State
The position of secretary of state was one once held by Donald Trump’s former Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. With that in mind, who he chooses to fill the role in his administration will be met with a good deal of scrutiny. According to Politico, Trump is likely to reward the position to a Republican heavyweight and there’s one key figure who has stuck with him throughout the 2016 campaign, Newt Gingrich. The former speaker is said to be the top contender for the job as a reward for his loyalty to Trump.
Prior to Trump’s victory, a number of other names were thrown around as potential candidates for the position. The most likely of those candidates seems to be the current chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker. However, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is also being considered for the job.
Donald Trump has made his choice for treasury secretary pretty clear from the offset. According to Fortune, Trump has in the past indicated that his finance chairman, Steven Mnuchin, is his top choice for the position. Mnuchin’s portfolio includes 17 years at Goldman Sachs and now works as the chairman and chief executive of the private investment firm, Dune Capital Management. That being said, there’s still the potential for Donald Trump to pull off another surprise if he chooses another name for the job.
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Secretary of Defense
For many Republicans, defense is a key issue. With that in mind, Donald Trump’s appointment for the Secretary of Defense is one that carries huge significance. Senator Jeff Sessions, who was a key figure within Trump’s campaign and who was thanked by Trump during his victory speech, is currently in line for the job. That being said, there’s still a number of other key names that Trump could consider for the job, including Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Senator Jim Talent.
The final key job that Trump will be looking to fill with one of his closest advisors is that of the attorney general. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is undeniably the leading candidate for the position as far as Donald Trump is concerned. That’s helped by how close Giuliani has remained to Trump throughout the campaign.
There will, of course, be a number of other key positions for President-elect Donald Trump to fill between now and his inauguration. He’ll likely want to reward some of his rivals from the Republican primaries who later endorsed his candidacy. At the same time, Trump will need to choose his closest advisors and most crucially, chief of staff. Each of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments will be announced in the coming days and weeks as he prepares to take office following one of the most surprising election victories in a generation.
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