History has been made. Donald Trump had to win nearly every single swing state on Election Day — and he pulled it off. His historic campaign proved that touting a populist message at rallies peppering states like Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin can outperform old school political tactics indicative of the failed campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and 15 other candidates.
“Everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team,” President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. “This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first.”
The next step for President-elect Donald Trump is to start picking members of his cabinet. There are a few reports offering a glimpse of what to expect in the coming days. Trump will be the first U.S. president to have never held political office or serve in the military, and now it’s time for him to select individuals who will help him, as he said throughout his campaign, make America great again.
According to Time, Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, is favored to be chosen as the Trump administration’s chief of staff.
CNN’s Tom Foreman reports the following people are rumored to be appointed to Trump’s cabinet.
- Newt Gingrich, Secretary of State
- Rudy Giuliani, director of Homeland Security
- Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser
- Jeff Sessions, Secretary of Defense
- Carl Icahn, Treasury Secretary
Chris Christie is another name that has been floating around for months as Trump’s pick for Attorney General, but Wall Street Journal reports that Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is Trump’s first choice. Christie has been in charge of the transition team and was one of the first Republican presidential candidates to fully support Trump.
According to the Scientific American, Trump has selected a climate change skeptic to head the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) transition team. Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, is a controversial figure for making previous comments about global warming being “nothing to worry about.”
The Trump campaign has also selected Republicans to lead the transition of the Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of the Interior (DOI).
“Republican energy lobbyist Mike McKenna is heading the DOE team; former DOI solicitor David Bernhardt is leading the effort for that agency, according to sources close to the campaign.”
Ebell’s role on the EPA’s transition to a Trump administration means a climate change denier is likely to be appointed as the head of the DOE in Trump’s cabinet.
Politico reported in January that Trump’s certain Sarah Palin will have a role in his administration. Trump and Palin campaigned together briefly during the primaries after the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee’s endorsement. Palin has expressed interest in being Secretary of Energy, but it’s unclear if she’s being considered for the position in Trump’s cabinet.
“I haven’t discussed anything with [Palin] about what she’d do, but she’s somebody I really like and I respect. And certainly, she could play a position if she wanted to,” Trump said on Fox & Friends earlier this year.
It will take some time for Democrats to mourn Trump’s electoral landslide handed to them on Tuesday night. As the world anticipates Trump’s announcements of who will serve in his cabinet, the names being reported already show that Obama’s legacy hangs in the balance. Trump won this election fair and square. He’ll be one of the most powerful presidents in recent history with Republican control of the House and the Senate. After he appoints members in his cabinet, the world will have a better idea of what Trump wants to achieve with that power.
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