Trump to diversify Cabinet ranks with allies and foes

By Brian Ang Dec 01, 2016 11:00 AM EST
Who will likely comprise Trump's administration
Donald Trump Holds Meeting At The New York Times
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: President-elect Donald Trump gives a thumbs up to the crowd as he walks through the lobby of the New York Times following a meeting with editors at the paper on November 22, 2016 in New York City. Trump, who has held meetings with media executives over the last few days, has often had a tense relationship with many mainstream media outlets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump is yet to name the roster of Cabinet Secretaries under his administration. But several names started to float as potential candidates for the most-coveted posts of the Trump administration.

These individuals included South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for UN Ambassador, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney-general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA Director, Republican donor Betsy DeVos for Education Secretary and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn for the National Security Adviser.

Although the names of potential appointees are all over the news, the general public remains clueless about who will be joining Trump's administration. How the President-elect will assemble his team gives the people an idea how the upcoming government run.

It is no secret that Trump is looking for diversity in his presidency. President Obama's successor has, somehow, based his selection process on some vital factors.

First, he is open-minded enough to involve former adversaries in the Republican fold. It is surprising to know that Haley has supported Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida against Trump during the primaries.

The same thing can be said about former Sen. Mitt Romney who has maligned the President-elect as racist. As of the moment, Romney is among the contenders for the State Secretary post.

Republican donor Todd Ricketts has also campaigned heavily against Trump. Currently, he is being considered for the Deputy Secretary of Commerce position.

Second, Trump intends to compensate his loyalists and supporters. DeVos has invested in the new President's push for the presidency. Retired Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have also endorsed him which is why they are being considered for the Housing and Urban Development, State Secretary and Senior Planner roles, respectively.

Third, Trump wants his cabinet to be more than just a room full of white men and sitting politicians. The inclusion of DeVos, Haley and Carson is essential since it gives the new administration a much-needed variation. In addition to Ricketts, Finance Executive Steve Mnuchin and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross from the private sector provides the new government with distinctiveness. 

 

 

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