Attorney General Rudy Giuliani? Trump Cabinet Takes Shape

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President-elect Donald Trump doesn't have the traditional group of Washington insiders and donors to pull from for his Cabinet appointments but his transition team has spent the past several months building a list of executives from various industries in the private sector as well as conservative activists who could ultimately comprise one of the more eclectic presidential Cabinets in modern history.  While many Washington "insiders" refused to support his campaign, which probably helped him in the end, Trump is also expected to reward the surrogates who stood by him, including Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani and Chris Christie.

So far, the Trump campaign and transition teams have been quiet about their potential cabinet picks but the speculation is starting to swirl.  Per Politico, here’s some insight, based on conversations with policy experts, lobbyists, academics and congressional staffers on who might be picked for the key jobs:

Secretary of state

Former House Speaker Gingrich, a leading Trump supporter, is a candidate for the job, as is Corker, current chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Tennessee senator has said he’d “strongly consider” serving as secretary of state.


Trump is also eyeing former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.


Treasury secretary

Trump himself has indicated that he wants to give the Treasury secretary job to his finance chairman, Mnuchin, a 17-year-veteran of Goldman Sachs who now works as the chairman and chief executive of the private investment firm Dune Capital Management. Mnuchin has also worked for OneWest Bank, which was later sold to CIT Group in 2015.


Secretary of defense

Among the Republican defense officials who could join the Trump administration: Sessions (R-Ala.), a close adviser, has been discussed as a potential defense secretary. Former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) have also been mentioned as potential candidates.


Top Trump confidant retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, would need a waiver from Congress to become defense secretary, as the law requires retired military officers to wait seven years before becoming the civilian leader of the Pentagon. But Trump’s chief military adviser is likely to wind up in some senior administration post, potentially national security adviser. And other early endorsers, like Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), could be in line for top posts as well.


Attorney general

People close to Trump say former New York City Mayor Giuliani, one of Trump’s leading public defenders, is the leading candidate for attorney general. New Jersey Gov. Christie, another vocal Trump supporter and the head of the president-elect’s transition team, is also a contender for the job — though any role in the cabinet for Christie could be threatened by the Bridgegate scandal.


Another possibility: Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, though the controversy over Trump’s donation to Bondi could undercut her nomination.


Interior secretary

Lucas, the 74-year-old co-founder of oil products company Lucas Oil, is seen as a top contender for Interior secretary.


Trump’s presidential transition team is also eyeing venture capitalist Robert Grady, a George H.W. Bush White House official with ties to Christie. And Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., is said to be interested in the job.


Meanwhile, a person who spoke to the Trump campaign told POLITICO that the aides have also discussed tapping Sarah Palin for Interior secretary. Trump has said he’d like to put Palin in his cabinet, and Palin has made no secret of her interest.


Other possible candidates include former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin; Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis; and Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm.

Meanwhile, Kellyanne Conway, who became a near constant television presence in the campaign’s final two months after being named campaign manager in the summer could be White House press secretary.  Per Politico, a source from within the Trump campaign said “I think that job is hers if she wants it.  No one was more effective at carrying our message than her."

Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s original campaign manager who is still working as a CNN contributor, has remained close to the candidate since his firing in June and was spotted leaving Trump Tower on Wednesday afternoon. He, too, is jockeying for a prominent position either in the West Wing or possibly at the RNC if Trump blesses him as his chairman of choice should Priebus move over to the White House, according to sources close to Lewandowski.

While details are still sparse the only thing that is certain is that Trump's cabinet, like his presidential campaign, will be anything but traditional.

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Ecclesia Militans's picture

Giuliani will be a cyber security czar.  He said as much on Fox Nes this morning.

erkme73's picture

Pam Bondi is a Hack.  As a FL resident, I can tell you this bitch is allergic to the Constitution.   Gowdy would be the absolute best.

roxyNL's picture


Mnuchin, a 17-year-veteran of Goldman Sachs


Trump is just a notch less globalist compatible than hillary, they both take their orders from the same ((( powerhouse )))

The Wizard's picture

They shouldn't allow the Munchkin to get anywhere close to the Treasury.

froze25's picture

Why does everyone assume that just because you used to work for Goldman that you are a traitor to the country. It could be that he has a detailed understanding of how the Treasury works and how to side step Goldman as a intermediary for Treasury sales.

froze25's picture

I get that history shows us that, that isn't the case and Goldman people are usually Goldman for life.

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

We all need to pray for Hillary and Obama. Obama said we’re all friends now! Why are they still discussing prosecutions and prison time??? Hillary didn’t do anything wrong – the accredited media debunked the accusations against her!

BurningBetty's picture

Your so-called Queen is going to be indicted.

the phantom's picture

John Bolton as potential Secratary of State?!?!? The arch-neocon???  Oh God... 

laser's picture

A bunch of the truly deplorables.

Déjà view's picture

Simmer down...all preliminary...awaiting Bibi's approval. Surprised?...Iran least Russia might be off the hook. 

Better taken with a grain of SUGAR...I would NOT be surprised at all...used to receive campaign questionaires with multi-choice answers...



Billy the Poet's picture

So the plan is to to drain the swamp and let the bilge run all through the corridors of government? Great.

Husk-Erzulie's picture

Trump is also eyeing former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Hopefully this is just more ignorant J-school MSM douchebags jerking off.

 If DJT could drop one single lethal bomb on his achievment, this would be it.


Fisherman Blue's picture

MDB are you using vagisil prep H or both?

superbroker1's picture

"Lock her up! Lock her up!" Can we get a chant going here?

LadiesLoveCoolJames's picture

I'd rather not take that chance. If I see a garbage man leaving work, I'm ok just assuming he smells like shit.

froze25's picture

I like the phrase, trust but verify.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

Yes phantom, these appointments will be the tell on where we're headed. PLEASE NO NEO-CONS!

Vatican_cameo's picture


Guiliani was complicit in 9/11 and there are still too many questions he needs to answer. 

Ideal candidate for AG:  Judge Andrew Napolitano.  A Constitutional Genius and bound to no one in the Political world.

Kobe Beef's picture

Napolitano would be an excellent choice for AG.

But it's still too bad Duterte already has a job.

Rubicon's picture

We didnt hear you the first time.

FireBrander's picture





Kill MDB's LINKS in his posts...that is the ONLY REASON he is posting...TO DRIVE TRAFFIC FROM ZH TO HIS LINKS!

Seriously...MDB isn't here to do anything but drive traffic...let MDB speak, but kill the links...I"ve got a $1000 that says he'll stop posting if he can't link to his site.


GreatUncle's picture

He asked us to pray for Hillary ... I am not into satanic worhsip thanks but MDB your call.

Although we were all chanting "the wicked witch is dead" yesterday was this the universe responding to our joy.

Vatican_cameo's picture


I do pray for Hillary.  I pray everyday that she will meet her end by a slow, unimaginably painful death (and soon too) and her husband and the rest of that Sick Clan meet the same fate.  Is that too much to ask?

WVHillbilly's picture

People actually follow his links???????

Zero-Hegemon's picture

You want to see what MDB_ looks like? Just head down to Times Square and look for the melting snowflake with the Naked Cowboy's foot in his ass.

FireBrander's picture

You don't "Move Up" through the ranks of GS unless you're a psychopath piece of on that.

We'd be better off with a random person out of the phonebook.

froze25's picture

Or make good money for them.

FireBrander's picture

Just have to pile on Hillary's loss...:)

When Reagan DEMOLISHED Mondale in 1984 (525 to 13 Electoral votes), Minnesota and DC were the ONLY electorals that went Mondale! And Minnesota has gone WAY left for decades.

Trump lost Minnesota by 1.4 points! Holy shit, he should have lost by 50 points there...THAT'S HOW BAD OF A CANDIDATE HILLARY this next word...WAS!

GreatUncle's picture

Minnesota the bleeding heart liberal state, that is what the GF father calls them.

Vatican_cameo's picture


Trump should appoint Sarah Palin to a Cabinet position (even if it's the Kitchen Cabinet), just to really piss the Liberals off.  What fun is power if you can't have a little fun with it?

Kidbuck's picture

Somalis don't do Trump. Relocated Chicago gang members don't do Trump. Blatant queers roaming the streets of Minneapolis and St. Cloud don't do Trump. Anyone who tolerates the above clowns ruling their cities don't do Trump.

juangrande's picture

Let's see, Neo Cons, Goldmanites and douche bag whores! Hope and Change baby!

War Machine's picture

A Jewish banker from Goldman - the thing is they've had their turn.

Enough. Seriously.

And enough neo-Keynesian charlatans.

Have you people been reading Krugman?

Why is he taken seriously?

I wish someone would compile his lies, hypocrisy, hyperbole, and mistakes, someone with a proper academic background.

I am thinking of how the feddebt at 9 trillion was the zombie apocalypse when Bush was in, but now 19 trillion isnt enough... Because 'stimulus'... Though that mostly just kicks the can and enriches the banks.

He's either incompetent or Wormtongue for Lloyd and Jimmy.

PT's picture

So it is more of the same then?  That was always going to be the problem with Trump - roughly speaking, he needs to hire other people who are not Trump and therefore his Trumpness will be diluted.  Oh well, he did give us an entertaining year in the lead-up to the election.

Speaking of, has Wikileaks stopped dumping now?
Are, or are not the FBI and NYPD still investigating?
What's happening with Weiner, Abedin and the 650k emails?
Is Podesta in good "spirits"?

It was all so exciting last week, wasn't it?  All so extreme and bat-shit crazy and shit coming out left, right and centre.
Remember a couple of times last week I predicted that it would all be forgotten by Wednesday?  Well now it is Thursday.  You've now had plenty of time to celebrate the win and mock the oh-so-sore losers.

So was all that shit last week real, or theatre?  Because I must say, as theatre it was quite extreme.  Is it going to be forgotten?  Just a prop for a lead up to an election?  On the plus side, Trump has got in which means that in order to convince people to vote in four year's time, they're going to have to put on an even moar spectacular show.

And what was the final score?  I've had trouble finding the final score.  Last year Scott Adams predicted a Trump win.  Later on he predicted a Trump landslide.  I'm trying to figure out if the landslide bit came true.  Any takers?

revjimbeam's picture

yeah, funny how its no longer reported. he won michigan by the way. still waiting for it to be reported

heres the tally so far:

AnonG-Man's picture

You'll find out soon enough when one of the suspects of 9/11 takes position.

GreatUncle's picture

Current QE is print and bailout out the banks excluding the popualtion = 0% growth.

Future QE if helicopter money the banks still get it via the population = > 0% growth.

Although chances are if you ain't a snowflake or millenial you will get fuck all.

Fiat Burner's picture

"I wish someone would compile his lies, hypocrisy, hyperbole, and mistakes, someone with a proper academic background."

Here you go... Tom Woods & Bob Murphy refute him every week  ---->

therover's picture

A detailed understanding of how to rob the fuck out of us.

tmosley's picture

Incorrect. Trump GIVES orders. Other politicians can't employ these people and expect positive results for the people because they owe favors to everyone. Trump hardly owes anything to anyone. He will fire them the second they become a problem, or if he just finds someone better suited for the position, or even if he just wants to go in a new direction/move to a new phase in his plan. He is famous for this.

The threat of being fired will force them to perform, and this time, for the PEOPLE.

Make me eat my words if I turn out to be wrong.

PT's picture

Trump was a career briber.  The rest of them were career bribees.  That's what makes him interesting.

tmosley's picture

Correct. It's hard for people to understand the difference between an employer and an employee when they have been told their whole lives that the President is an employer, when in fact he has been a puppet for decades at least. Reminds me of a Lex Luthor quote: "Do you have any idea how much power I would have to give up to become President of the United States?" A typical presidential candidate can't get anywhere without cutting deals with all the power players. This is why Ron Paul didn't get anywhere. Trump was enough of a power player in and of himself to push through that.

GreatUncle's picture

Look you finally got somebody in power with a fucking plan yet still some people moan /SARC BIGTIME lol.

PT's picture

It is true.  My Cynicism Meter is turned up to eleven, or is it twelve now?  And still I am amazed when I am caught out by having the sensitivity setting set too low.

So many little things that I took for granted ... until they smacked me in the face.  And then came time to turn up the dial again.
Don't get me wrong, I am glad that Trump got in.  It was really the only direction worth taking, but it still doesn't mean much until he makes things happen.

Sort of like the invasion of Iraq after 911.  According to the propaganda rags of the time, the locals were saying, "US soldiers will be welcome here for a short time."  They were not naive.

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) roxyNL Nov 10, 2016 10:20 AM

I must add OneWest bank is dirty, owned by George Soros. It was a sweetheart deal from Obama. Soros picked up IndyMac for pennies on the dollar and when he foreclosed on a home was paid from the US Gov, a typical foreclosure in Stockton CA Soros made over 100K. They didn't want to modify any loans due to this. The only one who got a mod was a black woman who brought a bunch of protestors during Occupy to OneWest Bank in NYC and they banged on the windows for days.

I don't know why Trump wants this guy.

The only saving grace is that you have to hire your enemies in this system, it is the only way to succeed.

Lincoln did that, they were called "The team of rivals"

Im hoping for the best here, at least he won't take guns, hunt down white people or close off the alt. right media the ONLY way we knew the truth.

Remember when I said Hillary could be assassinated in Reno Nevada? Well she green screened the event with no people but she did go after alt. right media and that I believe killed her candidacy the alt. right worked like "demons" to save their own lives after that.

cornflakesdisease's picture

Why did FDR hire Joe Kennedy to be head of the SEC back in his day?


As FDR said, "To catch a crook, you need a crook."