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posted Friday, November 11, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 46
Ship of fools: What the new Trump cabinet will look like
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Ship of fools: What the new Trump cabinet will look like

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

For someone who ran against 'Washington elites,' Donald Trump seems eager to fill his cabinet with a bevy of recycled Republican insiders.

A leaked memo from Trump's transition team obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals a list of 41 potential cabinet picks, all of them longtime GOP operatives, ranging from Rudy Giuliani to Newt Gingrich.

According to BuzzFeed, 'a source familiar with the list stressed it was not final, and it is unclear whether transition officials have narrowed it down or added more potential candidates for consideration by Trump.'

Trump's transition team, selected last spring, is headed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and - no surprise - Christie's name appears as a candidate for several cabinet spots: Attorney General, Secretary of Commerce, and Secretary of Homeland Security.

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and father of stop-and-frisk, is competing with Christie for the Attorney General post along with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi reportedly took a bribe from the Trump Foundation to drop an investigation of Trump University.

Longtime Clinton nemesis Newt Gingrich is also slated for a reward, either as Secretary of State or Secretary of Health and Human Services - a truly frightening prospect if you recall that, as Speaker (1995-1999), Gingrich announced that he intended to starve social services of federal funding.

Ben Carson makes the cabinet list as well. Carson, who once stated he believed that the Pyramids were grain silos constructed by the biblical Joseph, is a potential Secretary of Education. He might also become Secretary of Health and Human Services or Surgeon General.

Sarah Palin makes the list too, as a possible Sectary of the Interior - in charge of managing federal lands and oil reserves, national parks, and relations with Native tribes.

Current RNC head Reince Priebus, who struggled to keep the peace between Trump and his detractors within the Republican Party, is suggested for White House Chief of Staff.

The full list obtained by BuzzFeed is as follows:

For Attorney General: Christie, Bondi, Sessions, and Giuliani

For Secretary of Commerce: Christie, former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco, businessman Lew Eisenberg, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. David Purdue (R-Ga.), and former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.)

For Secretary of Agriculture: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner, Former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, and former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

For Secretary of Education: Carson and Hoover Institution Fellow William Evers

For Secretary of Energy: venture capitalist Robert Grady and businessman Harold Hamm

For Secretary of Health and Human Services: Gingrich, Carson, Former New Jersey state Sen. Rich Bagger, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott

For Secretary of Homeland Security: Christie and Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke (who once referred to former Attorney General Eric Holder as an 'asshole')

For Secretary of the Interior: Palin, Grady, Hamm, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, oil company executive Forrest Lucas, and Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wy.)

For Secretary of Defense: Sessions, Talent, retired Gen. Mike Flynn, Bush-era NSA staffer Stephen Hadley, and Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. (R-Calif.)

For Secretary of State: Gingrich, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)

For Treasury Secretary: Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), businessman and sometimes Trump partner Carl Icahn, and Trump campaign finance chief Steven Mnuchin

For Chief of Staff: Priebus

For Director of Office of Management and Budget: Sessions

For Secretary of Labor: EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic

For Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla)

For White House Counsel: Trump campaign lawyer Donald McGahn

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