Trump Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp, Giving Them Ethics Waivers
- "Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to 'drain the swamp' in Washington, President Donald Trump appears to be filling it with former lobbyists and consultants. The president has relaxed ethics regulations, eliminating a requirement barring lobbyists from joining agencies that they lobbied up to two years prior. Trump does require that former lobbyists not work on specific issues linked to a past client. But it appears that regulation is not always followed.
The Executive Office of the President (EOP) is overseen by the White House Chief of Staff.
White House Staff (WITH Status Of Cabinet-Level-Rank):
Reince Priebus: White House Chief of Staff (Appointed - A Senior White House Leadership position) - [The chairman of the Republican National Committee.]The White House Chief of Staff is an Assistant to the President of the United States. He or she oversees the Executive Office of the President (EOP) of the United States. The duties of the White House Chief of Staff vary greatly in each administration, according to the needs and desires of each president. The position typically plays both a managerial and advisory role that encompasses several important functions.
The duties of the White House Chief of Staff vary greatly in each administration, according to the needs and desires of each president. The position typically plays both a managerial and advisory role.
: Chairman of Council on Environmental Quality (Requires Senate confirmation) -  Coordinates federal environmental efforts in the United States and works closely with agencies and other White House offices on the development of environmental and energy policies and initiatives.
Scott Pruitt: Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Oklahoma attorney general who is a close ally of the fossil fuel industry.] Created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.
Nancy Beck: Deputy Assistant Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Beck is the Senior Director of Regulatory Science Policy at the American Chemistry Council, an organization that represents the interests of the chemical industry. Prior to that she worked for the US Office of Management and Budget under Bush II.] Heads the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention which regulates the chemical industry. (Fox guarding the hen house)
Mick Mulvaney: Office of Management and Budget (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [U.S. Representative for South Carolina's 5th congressional district. Mulvaney practiced law with the firm James, McElroy & Diehl. Mulvaney joined his family's homebuilding and real estate business. He participated in the Owners and Presidents Management Program at Harvard Business School. In addition, he had been a minority shareholder and owner-operator in Salsarita's Fresh Cantina, a privately held regional restaurant chain.] OMB's most prominent function is to produce the President's Budget, but OMB also measures the quality of agency programs, policies, and procedures to see if they comply with the president's policies and coordinates inter-agency policy initiatives.
Neomi Rao: Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Background: Rao directs the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, a school which, as its name implies, is a haven for conservative legal thinkers.] (Trump picks anti-government extremist as his 'regulatory czar')
Peter Navarro: White House National Trade Council (New Position) (Appointed) - [A professor at the University of California, Irvine, who holds a doctorate from Harvard and is the only credentialed economist in Trump's inner circle. He has been a staunch critic of current Chinese economic policies.] Will oversee trade and industrial policy in the White House and direct an internal council that will run alongside the National Security Council, the National Economic Council and the Domestic Policy Council.
Robert Lighthizer: US Trade Representative (Requires Senate confirmation) - [As a lawyer, he represented the U.S. steel industry. In the 1980's, he served as deputy trade representative during President Ronald Reagan's administration.] The United States government agency responsible for developing and recommending United States trade policy to the president of the United States, conducting trade negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, and coordinating trade policy within the government through the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) and Trade Policy Review Group (TPRG).
Nikki Haley: Ambassador to the United Nations (Leads the US Mission to the United Nations) (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Governor of South Carolina. The daughter of immigrants from India, she was a prominent and frequent critic of Trump early in his run.] Leader of the U.S. delegation, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. The position is more formally known as the "Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, and Representative of the United States of America in the Security Council of the United Nations"; it is also known as the U.S. Permanent Representative, or "Perm Rep", to the United Nations.
Kevin Hassett: Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Hassett is a senior fellow and director of economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. He was John McCain's chief economic adviser in the 2000 presidential primaries and an economic adviser to the campaigns of George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election and McCain in the presidential election of 2008. He was among Mitt Romney's economic advisers for the 2012 presidential campaign.]Chairs the agency in the Executive Office of the President that advises the President of the United States on economic policy. The CEA provides much of the objective empirical research for the White House and prepares the annual Economic Report of the President.
Linda McMahon: Administrator of the Small Business Administration (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment to lead the agency. Her and her husband were one of Trump's biggest donors.] Provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The mission of the Small Business Administration is "to maintain and strengthen the nation's economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting in the economic recovery of communities after disasters".
The following are advisors and/or Counselors to the President and/or Vice-President:
Steve Bannon: Chief Strategist and Senior Advisor (Appointed) - [A right-wing media executive and the chairman of the president-elect's campaign. Many have warned that Mr. Bannon represents racist views.]Stephen K. Bannon was also considered for chief of staff, but Mr. Trump instead named him chief strategist and senior counselor in the White House, saying that he and Mr. Priebus would be "working as equal partners" in the administration.
Julia Hahn: Special Assistant to the President (Appointed) - [Worked as a reporter under Steve Bannon at Breitbart News.] She will work primarily under Bannon, the former Breitbart News chairman who now serves as Trump's chief strategist.
Info: Under the Obama Administration the Chairman of the National Security Council was the President. President-Elect Donald Trump may decide to designate that job.
(James Woolsey, who was Trump's pick for Senior Adviser on national security issues during the transition, resigned 1-5-17. His resignation came due to "growing tensions over Trump's vision for intelligence agencies". He became frustrated "over the incoming administration's national security plans and Trump's public comments undermining the intelligence community.")
Kevin Harrington: National Security Council Team (Appointed) - [Onetime managing director of Peter Thiel's investment firm. Thiel was a prominent Trump backer and megadonor throughout the 2016 presidential cycle] Job not readily defined.
Gen. Michael T. Flynn: National Security Advisor (Appointed) - [Former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Flynn has been outspoken about his view of the threat posed by Islamist militancy and was an ardent supporter of Trump during the campaign.] A senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, based at the West Wing of the White House, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on national security issues.
Gen. H.R. McMaster: National Security Advisor (Appointed) - [His immediate past military assignment was as Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, and Deputy Commanding General, Futures of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.] A senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, based at the West Wing of the White House, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on national security issues.
Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland: Deputy National Security Advisor (Appointed) - [A national security analyst for Fox News and has worked under three Republican administrations. From 1970-1976 McFarland served as an aide to Dr. Henry Kissinger on the National Security Council. In the Reagan White House she served as a principal deputy assistant secretary of defense Pentagon spokesman.] Among other responsibilities, the Deputy National Security Advisor serves as Executive Secretary to the National Security Council Principals Committee, and as chairman of the National Security Council Deputies Committee.
Dina Habib Powell: Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategy (Appointed) - [Powell is an Egyptian-American business executive, philanthropist and U.S. policymaker. She served in the Trump administration as an Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives. She previously served in the George W. Bush administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Deputy Undersecretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, and an Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel. Powell worked at Goldman Sachs from 2007 through 2016 and was president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation.] Member of the National Security Council.
Kellyanne Conway: Counselor to the President (Appointed) - [A former campaign manager, confidante and spokeswoman for Trump. Conway also has a pollster background.] A close advisor who will help set the president's agenda and formulate his message.
Carl Icahn: Special Advisor on Regulatory Reform (New Position) (Appointed) [A billionaire investor and famed "corporate raider" who buys large stakes in companies and then forces policy changes to benefit shareholders.] - Will oversee the president's promised effort to unwind as many regulations on business as he can.
Jared Kushner: Unpaid White House Senior Advisor to Trump and White House Office of American Innovation (Appointed) - [Kushner is Donald Trump's son-in-law, married to Ivanka Trump. He's an American real estate investor and developer, and publisher. He is principal owner of the real estate holding and development company Kushner Companies and of Observer Media, publisher of the weekly, on-line New York Observer.]
No specific job description is available, or any indication of how he will serve. Considering he will not draw a salary from taxpayers, there probably will not be a published job description. - A new White House innovation SWAT team to revamp the federal bureaucracy by employing strategies and ideas used in the business world.
The 7 jobs Jared Kushner is now doing for the United States of America - Trump's son-in-law has been put in charge of pretty much everything.
- Jared Kushner is responsible for negotiating peace in the Middle East.
- Jared Kushner is responsible for solving America's opioid epidemic.
- Jared Kushner is responsible for diplomacy with Mexico.
- Jared Kushner is responsible for diplomacy with China.
- Jared Kushner is responsible for reforming care for veterans.
- Jared Kushner is responsible for reforming the criminal justice system.
- Jared Kushner is responsible for reinventing the entire government and making it work like a business.
Chris Christie: Chairman of Opioid and Drug Abuse Commission (Appointed) - [Christi is an American politician and attorney. He has been the 55th Governor of New Jersey since January 2010.] Assist the Trump administration in identifying federal funding streams that could help address the Opioid epidemic, including treatment for those affected.
Josh Raffel: Communications (Public Relations) Director for the White House Office of American Innovation (Appointed) - [Top public relations executive for Hollywood producer Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions which produced horror films such as the The Purge and Paranormal Activity.] Loosely defined, Raffel will "help fix the federal bureaucracy".
Ivanka Trump [Kushner]: Unpaid White House Senior Advisor to Trump and Special Assistant to the President (Appointed) - [Ivanka Marie Trump is an American businesswoman, former reality TV personality, socialite, author, and fashion model. She is the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump and his first wife] No defined job description has been given. However, she will get a top security clearance, government communication devices and have an office in the West Wing.
Jason Greenblatt: Representative for International Negotiations / Middle East Advisor (New position) (Appointed) - [Executive vice president and chief legal officer to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization. He is an Orthodox Jew.] No official job description available.
Sebastian Gorka: Deputy Assistant to President (Appointed) - [A national security professional specializing in irregular warfare, including counterinsurgency and counterterrorism. He is a full-time Professor of Strategy and Irregular Warfare and Vice President for National Security Support of the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC and the Chairman of Threat Knowledge Group. Previously he served as the Major General Matthew C. Horner Distinguished Chair of Military Theory at the Marine Corps University Foundation. He is a founding member of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs and has served as the Associate Dean for Congressional Affairs and Relations to the Special Operations Community at the National Defense University.] Other than "Advisor", job description is not readily available.
Anthony Scaramucci: Known as "the Mooch", Trump's Emissary to the Superrich (Advisor) (Appointed) - [an American financier, entrepreneur and author. He is the founder and a co-managing partner of investment firm SkyBridge Capital. Scaramucci is the host of Wall Street Week, an investment news show airing Friday nights on the Fox Business Network, and a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award New York Award in the Financial Services category. In 2016, Scaramucci was ranked #85 in Worth magazine's "Power 100: The 100 Most Powerful People in Global Finance.] No official job description available.
Stephen Miller: Senior Policy Advisor (Appointed) - [Miller was the communications director for then-Alabama senator, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an aide to U.S. Senator Scott Brown during his 2014 campaign in New Hampshire, as well as press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman John Shadegg.] To advise on any domestic policies that might be considered by the President.
Nigel Farage: Unofficial Adviser to Donald Trump (Appointed) - [British white nationalist pal of white nationalist Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Former leader of the British UK Independence Party (UKIP) that spearheaded the Brexit movement. He is also a white nationalist who opposes laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of nationality, race or color. Also an official Fox News and Fox Business Network contributor.] Other than "advisor" to Trump, not clearly defined.
Other White House Staff (WITHOUT Status Of Cabinet-Level-Rank):
Rick Dearborn: Deputy White House Chief of Staff (Appointed) - [Longtime chief of staff to Sen. Jeff Sessions] The Deputy Chief of Staff usually has an office in the West Wing and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the White House bureaucracy, as well as such other duties as the Chief of Staff assigns to him or her. Dearborn will lead the White House Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Cabinet affairs.
Deputy White House Chief of Staff (Appointed) - [Currently the RNC's chief of staff. Has served for several years in the RNC committee and most of her career working in GOP politics] The Deputy Chief of Staff usually has an office in the West Wing and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the White House bureaucracy, as well as such other duties as the Chief of Staff assigns to him or her. - Left job as Deputy White House Chief of Staff to run a pro-Trump outside group.
John DeStefano: Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel (Appointed) - [Executive Vice President of Start Bank of New Haven, a community development financial institution of which he was an incorporating director and on whose board he continues to serve. Start is a locally owned, governed and managed bank dedicated to serving both its community development and commercial bank mission. He was the 49th Mayor of New Haven from 1994 through 2013.] The Office of Presidential Personnel oversees the selection process for Presidential appointments. Presidential Personnel staff members work to recruit qualified candidates to serve the President in departments and agencies across the government.
Thomas Bossert: Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (New Position) (Appointed) - [He was a top national security aide to President George W. Bush. He runs a risk management consulting firm in Washington and is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council research institution, working on its Cyber Statecraft Initiative.] A position that will be equal in status to national security advisor, it will focus on homeland security and counterterrorism.
Marc Short: Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs (Appointed) - [Worked as a top operative running the expansive political network of billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, and is a longtime adviser to Pence and has previously worked in both the House and Senate.] the Office of Legislative Affairs serves as the President's primary liaison to the United States Congress, and is responsible for advancing the President's legislative agenda on Capitol Hill.
Keith Schiller: Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations (Appointed) - [A former NYPD detective who became Trump's bodyguard, then director of security for his company and his campaign.] Manage the President's personal schedule, private engagements and control immediate access to meet with the President of the United States. Though it varies from administration to administration - and within each term - Oval Office Operations typically reports to a Deputy Chief of Staff
Josh Pitcock: Assistant to President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President (Appointed) - [Became an aide to Mike Pence after Pence was elected to the US House and eventually became his chief of staff there. After Pence decided to run for Governor of Indiana (and successfully won the governorship) Pitcock became a lobbyist in Washington for the state of Indiana.] Responsible for overseeing the actions of the Vice President's staff, managing the Vice President's schedule, and deciding who is allowed to meet with the Vice President.
Jennifer "Jen" Pavlik: Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Vice President (Appointed) - [A 12-year Pence congressional staffer as executive assistant and then staff director. After Pence's election to Governor of Indiana she ran the governor's office and handled Pence's schedule as Director of Operations.] Assist the VP Chief of staff.
Donald McGahn: White House Counsel (Appointed) - [In a town filled with button-down lawyers, Donald F. McGahn II has always been an iconoclast bent on shaking things up. He fought for years to strip away limits on big money in politics long before the Supreme Court blessed the idea, and he has relied on a bare-knuckle style to defend politicians in trouble.] A staff appointee of the President of the United States whose role is to advise the President on all legal issues concerning the President and his Administration.
George Gigicos: Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Advance (Appointed) - [Gigicos has been involved organizing campaign events and rallies across the country since his days in collage. He worked in advance planning for the Treasury Department in the administration of George H.W. Bush. After graduating in 1990, Gigicos worked in advance and as an event planner for the Orange County Convention Center in Florida. In 1999, Gigicos started the Telion Corporation, a communications firm specializing in event design, organization, and advance operations. As head of Telion, Gigicos worked in advance planning for President George W. Bush's administration, his 2004 presidential campaign, and the presidential campaigns of John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. He also was one of the first people to sign on with Trump's presidential campaign, originally serving as the only member of the campaign's advance team. He organized campaign events and rallies across the country, eventually managing around 100 staff members to help coordinate the rallies.] The Office of Appointments and Scheduling, the Office of Advance, and the Travel Office compose the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance, which coordinates the travel itineraries for the President and the White House Press Corps, as well as the planning and preparation that go into supporting the President at events around the country and world.
Monica Crowley: Senior Director of Strategic Communications for the National Security Council and Speechwriting (Appointed) - [An American columnist, political commentator, and talk radio personality. She has regular appearances on Fox News, is the online opinion editor and a regular columnist for The Washington Times, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In January 2017, Crowley was accused of plagiarism in her 2000 Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia University as well as her 2012 book What the (Bleep) Just Happened?; she had been previously accused of plagiarising parts of a Wall Street Journal article in 1999.] Oversees the President's national security communications, speechwriting, and global engagement.
Bill Stepien: Deputy Assistant to the President and Political Director (Appointed) - [A Republican political strategist. He managed both of Chris Christie's gubernatorial campaigns and served as his Deputy Chief of Staff before being fired after Christie said he "lost confidence" in Stepien's judgment.] No official job description available.
Mike Dubke: White House Communications Director (Appointed) - [Dubke is a partner of Crossroads Media, billed as "the premier Republican media services firm, specializing in advertising strategy and placement for political candidates, issue advocacy organizations and trade associations." He and Karl Rove established CM.] Responsible for getting the Presidents' message out to the public.
Dan Scavino: Assistant to the President and Director of Social Media (Appointed) - [Was the general manager of Trump National Golf Club Westchester and the director of social media of Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign. Megyn Kelly says Scavino is responsible for inciting violent threats against her - and that she and her kids needed armed guards to protect them for 16 months. Scavino was the one that said he had "Proof" of CNN contributor being Ted Cruz's mistress]
Hope Hicks: Director of Strategic Communications (Appointed) - [Handled PR for Ivanka Trump's fashion line and some Trump resorts. Was press secretary for Donald Trump's presidential campaign.] Merge Trump's legislative agenda with communications
Jessica Ditto: Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director (Appointed) - [Spokeswoman for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin before leaving to join the Trump team. She had been his communications director during Bevin's campaign and transition office. Prior to that she worked for former Republican Gov. Ernie Fletcher and the Republican Party of Kentucky.] Assist the Communications Director in developing and promoting the agenda of the President and leading its media campaign. Works on speeches such as the inaugural address and the State of the Union Address.
Raj Shah: Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communications Director and Research Director (Appointed) - [A former American government official, physician and health economist who served as the 16th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2010-2015. During the 2000 Gore-Lieberman Presidential Campaign, Shah was a health policy advisor and research associate. He was also involved in the historic Florida recount where he was among the first to detail the Florida "butterfly ballot" He also served as a member of Governor Ed Rendell's (D-PA) transition committee on health.] No job description is readily available for a Research Director. Obviously it could mean anything. However, since he also has the title of Deputy Communications Director, it is assumed that part of his responsibility is the same as a Deputy Communications Director which is to assist the Communications Director in developing and promoting the agenda of the President and leading its media campaign. Works on speeches such as the inaugural address and the State of the Union Address.
Omarosa Manigault: Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison (Appointed) - [Former "Apprentice" contestant and Donald Trump surrogate.] No official job description available.
John McEntee: Special Assistant to the President and Personal Aide to the President (Appointed) - [Worked as a production assistant at Fox News before leaving to join the Donald Trump presidential campaign in 2015 as campaign trip director.]
Sean Spicer: Press Secretary and Special Assistant to the President (Appointed) - [Longtime spokesman for the Republican National Committee and top aide to Reince Priebus, who is the incoming chief of staff and pressed for his selection. While Mr. Spicer will be the face of the communications team, he will work with Jason Miller, director of communications, and Hope Hicks, director of strategic communications.] A senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the United States government administration, especially with regard to the President, senior executives, and policies. He is responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president's administration and issues the administration's reactions to developments around the world. The press secretary interacts with the media, and deals with the White House press corps on a daily basis, generally in a daily press briefing.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: White House Deputy Press Secretary (Appointed) - [A founding partner of Second Street Strategies in Little Rock, Arkansas, a general consulting services provider. She primarily works on national political campaigns and on campaigns for federal office in Arkansas. In 2016, after managing her father Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign, she signed on as a senior advisor for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, handling the Trump campaign's communications for coalitions.  Huckabee Sanders previously managed the 2016 presidential campaign of Mike Huckabee and worked as Huckabee's national political director in 2008.  She served as a senior advisor to Tim Pawlenty in his 2012 presidential run. She was also involved in the campaigns of both U.S. Senators from Arkansas, directing John Boozman 's 2010 campaign and serving as an advisor to Tom Cotton's 2014 election.] Sanders is responsible for assisting the Press Secretary in gathering and disseminating information to three principal groups: the President, the White House staff, and the media.
Executive Cabinet Members:
Mike Pence: Vice-President of the United States
Rex Tillerson: Secretary of State (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [President and chief executive of Exxon Mobil who has ties with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.] Principally concerned with foreign policy and is considered to be the U.S. government's equivalent of a Minister for Foreign Affairs. Typically tasked with alliance-building and globalism, but Trump wants to exclude that part of the job.
Thomas A. Shannon Jr.: Deputy Secretary of State (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Shannon has worked in the United States Foreign Service since 1984, and has served in embassies around the world. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, and from 2010 to 2013 he was the United States Ambassador to Brazil. From 2013 to 2016, he served as a Counselor of the United States Department of State, and was also the acting Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs for a period in 2011.] Assistant to the Secretary of State
John J. Sullivan: Deputy Secretary of State (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Sullivan is a lawyer who served in the Bush administration in top legal jobs at both the Defense Department and the Commerce Department before being confirmed in 2007 as the No. 2 official in the Commerce Department. He also served in the Justice Department during the administration of the elder President George Bush.] Assistant to the Secretary of State
Steven Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Ex-Goldman Sachs, billionaire Hedge Fund Manager who has deep roots in Hollywood but no government experience.] Concerned with financial and monetary matters and will be responsible for government borrowing in financial markets, assisting in any rewrite of the tax code and overseeing the Internal Revenue Service. The Treasury Department also carries out or lifts financial sanctions against foreign enemies
James Donovan: Deputy Treasury Secretary
(Requires Senate confirmation) - [Donovan was a managing director at Goldman Sachs' private wealth management division and has been with Goldman Sachs since 1993. His work has included work on corporate strategy, investment banking and investment management] Advises and assists the Secretary of the Treasury in the supervision and direction of the Department of the Treasury and its activities, and succeeds the Secretary in his absence, sickness, or unavailability. The Deputy Secretary plays a primary role in the formulation and execution of Treasury policies and programs in all aspects of the Department's activities. He is expected to working on Trump's domestic policy agenda.
David Malpass: Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Malpass is an American economist. He served as Deputy Assistant Treasury Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under President George H. W. Bush, and Chief Economist at Bear Stearns for the six years preceding its collapse.] Responsible for advising the Secretary of the Treasury on international economic issues.
Sigal P. Mandelker: Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Mandelker is an American lawyer and former Justice Department official. She was a law clerk for the Honorable Edith H. Jones at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Honorable Clarence Thomas at the Supreme Court of the United States. She worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York as Assistant U.S. Attorney before becoming Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, where she worked on national security and counterterrorism. She was Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security, before she worked in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General. As of March 2017, she was a partner at Proskauer Rose.] Responsible for directing the Treasury's efforts to cut the lines of financial support for terrorists, fight financial crime, enforce economic sanctions against rogue nations, and combat the financial support of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis: Secretary of Defense (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Led a Marine division to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and led the United States Central Command from 2010-13. General Mattis, now retired, has been a critic of the Obama administration. He would need a waiver from Congress to lead the Pentagon because he has been out of uniform for less than seven years.] The Secretary of Defense's power over the United States military is second only to that of the President. This position corresponds to what is generally known as a Defense Minister in many other countries.
Jeff Sessions: Attorney General (Department of Justice) (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Sessions is a strong proponent of strict immigration enforcement, reduced spending and tough-on-crime measures. His nomination for a federal judgeship in 1986 was rejected because of racially charged comments and actions, which are very likely to become an issue as he faces another set of Senate confirmation hearings.] The head of the United States Department of Justice is concerned with legal affairs, and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government. The attorney general serves as a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States and is the only cabinet officer who does not have the title of secretary.
Rod Rosenstein: Deputy Attorney General (Justice Department (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Under Bush I Rosenstein worked for the U.S. Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division. During the Clinton Administration, he served as Counsel to Deputy Attorney General Philip B. Heymann (1993-1994) and Special Assistant to Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Jo Ann Harris, then serving in different capacities in the Justice Department. resident George W. Bush nominated Rosenstein to serve as United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the District of Maryland on May 23, 2005. He took office on July 12, 2005] The second-highest-ranking official in the United States Department of Justice. In the United States federal government, the Deputy Attorney General oversees the day-to-day operation of the Department of Justice, and may act as Attorney General during the absence of the Attorney General.
Makan Delrahim: Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Delrahim is an attorney. At the time of becoming nominee, he serves as a deputy White House counsel. He lobbied Congress for corporate clients facing antitrust issues which puts him in the category of "the fox guarding the hen house".] Responsible for enforcing the antitrust laws of the United States. It shares jurisdiction over civil antitrust cases with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and often works jointly with the FTC to provide regulatory guidance to businesses. However, the Antitrust Division also has the power to file criminal cases against willful violators of the antitrust laws. The Antitrust Division also works with competition regulators in other countries.
Ryan Zinke: Secretary of Interior (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) [A freshman representative from Montana and former Navy SEAL commander who was an early supporter of the president-elect and ran for office largely on a national security platform.] - Responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States. About 75% of federal public land is managed by the department, with most of the remainder managed by the Agriculture Department's United States Forest Service. He will decide the fate of Obama-era rules that stop public land development; curb the exploration of oil, coal and gas; and promote wind and solar power on public lands.
Sonny Perdue: Secretary of Agriculture (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Former Georgia State Senator and Former Georgia governor.] The U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and internationally.
NOTE: Ordinarily a person in this position would not be listed here. However, James Renne appears to be "hidden" away to perform a "special" task.
James L. Renne: [Agariculture] Special Assistant (Appointed) - [Renne is a lawyer with his office in Arlington, Virginia.] Renne is officially listed as "Special Assistant". Who knows what his job really is but, we do know this about him when he worked for the Bush II administration: Renne shipped gay government employees out of DC or fired them if they refused to transfer.
Wilbur Ross: Secretary of Commerce (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [An investor whose fortune is estimated by Forbes to be $2.9 billion. Mr. Ross has said the United States must free itself from the "bondage" of "bad trade agreements," and has advocated threats to impose steep tariffs on China.] Concerned with promoting economic growth. The mission of the department is to "promote job creation and improved living standards for all Americans by creating an infrastructure that promotes economic growth, technological competitiveness, and sustainable development". Among its tasks are gathering economic and demographic data for business and government decision-making, and helping to set industrial standards. This organization's main purpose is to create jobs, promote economic growth, encourage sustainable development and improve standards of living for all Americans. Has been a perennial target for budget cuts, but the secretary oversees a diverse portfolio, including the census, the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Andrew Puzder: Secretary of Labor (Requires Senate confirmation) - [The chief executive of CKE Restaurants, and a donor to his campaign, who has criticized the Obama administration's labor policies and opposes increased minimum wage.] Responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, reemployment services, and some economic statistics. The new secretary will be in charge of keeping Trump's promise to dismantle many Obama-era rules covering the vast work force of federal contractors.
Alexander Acosta: Secretary of Labor (Requires Senate confirmation) - [An American attorney and dean of the Florida International University College of Law. Acosta was appointed by President George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and later served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights and federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida.] Responsible for occupational safety, wage and hour standards, unemployment insurance benefits, reemployment services, and some economic statistics. The new secretary will be in charge of keeping Trump's promise to dismantle many Obama-era rules covering the vast work force of federal contractors.
Tom Price: Secretary of Health and Human Services (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [A six-term Republican congressman from Georgia and orthopedic surgeon who has led opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Price has said the law interferes with the ability of patients and doctors to make medical decisions.] A cabinet-level department of the U.S. federal government with the goal of protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America". The department approves new drugs, regulates the food supply, operates biomedical research, and runs Medicare and Medicaid, which insure more than 100 million people. Price will help to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Scott Gottlieb: Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Gottlieb is a clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine, a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, and an internist at Tisch Hospital. He has worked in multiple roles for the Federal government of the United States, including Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in which capacity he served from 2005 to 2007. He helped initiate the early development of FDA's generic drug user fee program and the Agency's release of the Physician Labeling Rule. He also worked on development of the FDA's policies related to the tentative approval of fixed dose combination drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS under the PEPFAR program. He was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and granted a top secret security clearance during his appointment as FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs.] The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the control and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), cosmetics, animal foods & feed and veterinary products.
Ben Carson: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Former neurosurgeon and presidential candidate.] HUD's beginnings were in the House and Home Financing Agency, it was founded as a Cabinet department in 1965, as part of the "Great Society" program of President Lyndon Johnson, to develop and execute policies on housing and metropolises.
Elaine Chao: Secretary of Transportation (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Wife of Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and has been a fixture of the Republican establishment in Washington.] The mission is to "Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible, and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future."
Rick Perry: Secretary of Energy (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Former Texas governor, who in 2011 proposed scrapping the Energy Department while he was seeking the Republican nomination for president.] [The primary purview of the Energy Department is to protect and manage the nation's arsenal of nuclear weapons] Concerned with the United States' policies regarding energy and safety in handling nuclear material. Its responsibilities include the nation's nuclear weapons program, nuclear reactor production for the United States Navy, energy conservation, energy-related research, radioactive waste disposal, and domestic energy production. It also directs research in genomics; the Human Genome Project originated in a DOE initiative. DOE sponsors more research in the physical sciences than any other U.S. federal agency, the majority of which is conducted through its system of National Laboratories.
Betsy Devos: Secretary of Education (Requires Senate confirmation - CONFIRMED) - [Former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and an education activist who is a passionate believer in school choice.] The primary functions of the Department of Education are to "establish policy for, administer and coordinate most federal assistance to education, collect data on US schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights." The Department of Education does not establish schools or colleges.
Carlos G. Muñiz: General Counsel to Education Secretary (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Muñiz served for three years as the deputy attorney general and chief of staff to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. (Bondi made headlines during the Donald Trump campaign when she dropped a case against Trump University a couple of days after Trump made a sizable campaign contribution to Bondi.) Muñiz is a partner with McGuireWoods LLP and a senior vice president in the National & Multistate Strategies group of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC. He provides senior level insight and advocacy for clients in their interaction with state attorneys general throughout the country and with the executive and legislative branches of Florida state government. Muñiz also represents clients in government investigations and civil litigation.] Chief lawyer of the legal department.
Candice Jackson: Assistant Secretary Office for Civil Rights (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Background: Jackson is a lawyer and currently with the Law Office of Patricia J. Campbell in Vancouver, Washington. There are concerns that Jackson will be reluctant to enforce civil right's laws due to her background and experiences.] The mission of the Office for Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights.
David Shulkin: Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Current Undersecretary of the VA. He was the Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University Hospital, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital.] The department concerned with veterans' benefits, health care, and national veterans' memorials and cemeteries. His other academic positions have included Chairman of Medicine and Vice Dean at Drexel University College of Medicine, and Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine. Shulkin has been the editor of Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and Hospital Physician, and has been on the editorial boards of several journals, including Journal of the American Medical Association. He founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc a consumer-oriented information service.
John Ullyot: Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Ullyot served for seven years as a senior policy advisor for two veteran U.S. Senators and as communications director for two Senate Committees, Armed Services and Veterans' Affairs. In the private sector, John was vice president of corporate communications for AOL Europe and Washington spokesman for Intel. He led the communications team for the Donald J. Trump for President campaign at the Republican National Convention (Caucus Operations) for two months from June through July 2016. Following the convention, he served as the Trump campaign's deputy national political director for communications, where he hired and led the communications teams in the states, and managed the campaign's interaction across the country with state and local media.] Chief operating officer of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, responsible for a nationwide system of health care services, benefits programs, and national cemeteries for America's veterans and their dependents. The Deputy Secretary is the second-highest-ranking officer in the Department and succeeds the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in the event of his resignation, death, or otherwise inability to fulfill his duties.
Gen. John F. Kelly: Secretary of Homeland Security (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [A retired four-star Marine general, whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan.] Formed after 911, its responsibilities in public security are roughly comparable to the interior or home ministries of other countries. Its stated missions involve antiterrorism, border security, immigration and customs, cybersecurity, and disaster prevention and management.
Elaine Duke: Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (Requires Senate confirmation - Confirmed) - [Duke served as Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management at the department under both presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from July 2008 to April 2010. Prior to her nomination, Duke held a consulting practice at Elaine Duke & Associates, LLC in Woodbridge, Virginia.] The chief operating officer of the United States Department of Homeland Security, with responsibility for managing day-to-day operations.
NOTE:The following are normally non-Cabinet members but Trump announced that he would include them in his Cabinet:
Mike Pompeo: Director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) (Requires Senate confirmation - Comfirmed) - [US Representative of Kansas and a former Army officer. He is a member of the House Intelligence Committee.] Tasked with gathering, processing and analyzing national security information from around the world, primarily through the use of human intelligence (HUMINT). As one of the principal members of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), the CIA reports to the Director of National Intelligence and is primarily focused on providing intelligence for the President and Cabinet.
Dan Coats: Director of National Intelligence (DNI) (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Former US Ambassador to Germany, former US Representative, currently a US Senator who elected not to run for re-election, instead retire at the end of this session.] The National Intelligence Council (NIC) is the center for midterm and long-term strategic thinking within the United States Intelligence Community (IC). It supports (and reports to) the Director of National Intelligence.
(The government website for National Intelligence lists the FBI as one of its coalition of 17 agencies and organization. However, the FBI reports mainly to the Justice Department.)
The following are Non-Cabinet members that require Senate confirmation:
Jay Clayton: Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission (Requires Senate confirmation) - [A partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, a well-known law firm, and has represented some of the biggest names on Wall Street, including Goldman Sachs, and helped them weather regulatory scrutiny. He also has helped large companies raise money through an initial public offering. "Clayton Will Be the Most Conflicted SEC Chair Ever" - "America's incoming top cop on finance is literally married to industry".] Holds primary responsibility for enforcing the federal securities laws, proposing securities rules, and regulating the securities industry, the nation's stock and options exchanges, and other activities and organizations, including the electronic securities markets in the United States.
Todd Ricketts: Deputy Secretary of Commerce (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. A trader in a securities industry startup, proprietor of a suburban bike shop and guest star on a reality show. The son of billionaire TD Ameritrade founder and conservative donor Joe Ricketts, and the brother of Republican Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.] A high-ranking position within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Deputy Secretary serves as the Department's chief operating officer, with responsibility for the day-to-day management of its approximately $6.5 billion budget, 13 operating units, and 38,000 employees. In that capacity, the Deputy Secretary is also a member of the President's Management Council.
Gary Cohn: Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council (Requires Senate confirmation) - [He is currently the president and COO of investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs. Critics of Cohn attribute to him an arrogant, aggressive, abrasive and risk-prone work style. They see his "6-foot 3-inch & 220lbs" as intimidating. According to former Bear Stearns Asset Management CEO Richard Marin, Cohn's arrogance is at the root of the problem. When you become arrogant, in a trading sense, you begin to think that everybody's a counterparty, not a customer, not a client.] The principal forum used by the President of the United States for considering economic policy matters, separate from matters relating to domestic policy, which are the domain of the Domestic Policy Council. The council forms part of the Office of White House Policy which contains the National Economic Council and other offices.
Roger Severino: Attorney General Civil Rights Division (Requires Senate confirmation) - [A leading anti-LGBT activist who was a staff member at The Heritage Foundation. He co-authored a Heritage report criticizing proposed Obama administration rules preventing discrimination against transgender patients within the health care system.] Institution within the federal government responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, and national origin.
John Gore: Deputy Assistant Attorney General Civil Rights Division (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Gore is a partner at Jones Day, the Trump campaign's law firm. He defended the University of North Carolina system in a legal challenge over the state's anti-LGBT law. Worked on antitrust cases involving the health care industry as well as redistricting cases. Gore defended the former Republican majority leader of the New York state Senate in a redistricting case in 2011 and 2012. He also helped Republicans in Florida gain approval of redistricting plans in 2012. Gore will report to the Attorney General. ] Institution within the federal government responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, religion, and national origin.
Ajit Varadaraj Pai: Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Currently the Chairman of the FCC, nominated and confirmed under President Obama. He previously worked as a lawyer for Verizon Communications.] As an independent agency of the United States government, it regulates interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety and homeland security, and modernizing itself.
Thomas Homan: Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) (Requires Senate confirmation) - [ Homan was the executive associate director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations since 2013. He served as a police officer in New York before joining what was then called the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in 1989. He served as a border patrol agent, an investigator, and a supervisor before being named to the executive associate director position. In 2016 he was given a Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Executive in the Obama administration. A Washington Post article at the time stated, "Thomas Homan deports people. And he's really good at it."] An American federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for identifying, investigating, and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. ICE has two primary components: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Headquartered in Washington, D.C., ICE is charged with the investigation and enforcement of over 400 federal statutes
Tom Marino: Director of National Drug Control Policy (Drug Czar) (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Marino is an American politician and attorney. He is currently a US House Representative from Pennsylvania. Marino served as a Lycoming County District Attorney from 1992-2002. In 2002, Tom was appointed the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania by President George W. Bush.] To establish policies, priorities, and objectives to eradicate illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences in the U.S.
The following military leaders that require Senate confirmation:
Vincent "Vinnie" Viola: Secretary of the Army (Requires Senate confirmation) - [An American billionaire businessman, philanthropist, U.S. Army veteran. The former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), and the founder and chairman of Virtu Financial. Viola is the owner of the Florida Panthers, a National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team.] A senior civilian official within the Department of Defense of the United States of America with statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.
Mark Green: Secretary of the Army (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Green is an American physician and politician from the state of Tennessee currently serving in the Tennessee Senate as a member of the Republican Party. Prior to running for office, Green founded and served as the CEO of Align MD a healthcare emergency medicine staffing company. Before serving as CEO of Align MD Dr. Green was a member of the US Army. He is a stealth anti-LGBTQ extremist who says he's on a mission to "crush evil" being transgender is a disease.] A senior civilian official within the Department of Defense of the United States of America with statutory responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.
Heather Wilson: Secretary of the Air Force (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Wilson is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing New Mexico's 1st congressional district. She was one of the first women to be accepted to the United States Air Force Academy. At the Academy, she was the first woman to command basic training and the first woman Vice Wing Commander.] By statute the Secretary of the Air Force is responsible for and has the authority to conduct all the affairs of the Department of the Air Force. The Secretary works closely with his/her civilian deputy, the Under Secretary of the Air Force; and his/her military deputy, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who is the senior ranked uniformed officer in the United States Air Force.
Philip Bilden: Secretary of the Navy (Requires Senate confirmation) - [Bilden served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1986 to 1996. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and served through the rank of Captain at Strategic Military Intelligence Detachments supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is a recently retired co-founding member and Senior Advisor of HarbourVest Partners, a leading global private equity investment management firm.] The Secretary of the Navy is responsible for, and has statutory authority to "conduct all the affairs of the Department of the Navy", i.e. as its chief executive officer, subject to the limits of the law, and the directions of the President and the Secretary of Defense. In effect, all authority within the Navy and Marine Corps, unless specifically exempted by law, is derivative of the authority vested in the Secretary of the Navy.
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Other Administration Members
Jerry Falwell, Jr.: Chair a taskforce on reforms for the United States Department of Education (Appointed) - [An American lawyer and university administrator. He serves as the president of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, appointed in 2007 upon his father's death. Says he declined President Donald Trump's offer to be the education secretary. Falwell has been particularly interested in curbing rules that require schools to investigate campus sexual assault under Title IX.] Job description not readily available.
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