On Friday, Trump announced nominations to fill their most high vacancies. Separately reported CNN Human Resources Manager John Kelly is…
On Friday, Trump announced nominations to fill their most high vacancies. Separately reported CNN Human Resources Manager John Kelly is expected to resign within a few days.
There is someone who guess if there are more changes. What is clear, however, is that Trump presides over the most turbulent cabinet in the last memory. During his nearly two years of service, Trump has fired or forced out six cabin crew members, mixed two others to different posts and saw the most high-profile woman in his administration announce his departure.
Here’s a look at where things stand with Trump’s entire cabinet, including who’s on fire, which seems safe, and that’s outside the radar, first as a group and then by category:
On Friday said Trump to reporters that he would nominate William “Bill” Barr a former lawyer general under the George HW Bush administration to replace former lawyer general Jeff Sessions on a permanent basis. The news came just a few days after Trump participated in the former president’s funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington. Barr has previously defended Trump’s decision to shoot the FBI director James Comey and been critical of Russia’s probe, but his strong reputation in Washington suggests that he could get an easy confirmation.
Trump also said he would replace the outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley one of the most popular women in his closet, with the state spokesman (and former Fox News host) Heather Nauert . The catch is that the position will be downgraded and removed from Trump’s cabinet. Nauert’s lack of traditional experience can lead to a hard confirmation.
CNN reported Friday that the head of the White House John Kelly could resign within a few days and he and the president barely spoke. It follows months of speculation about how long Kelly would be left in the job and many tension reports between the two men.
A Kelly retirement could also spell trouble for home security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen attached to Kelly. One possible substitute for Kelly may be Vice President Mike Pence’s Top Aide Nick Ayers .
In an interview with Fox News after the election, Trump did not sound very high on either Nielsen or Kelly. [1
9659005] “I want her to get a lot harder and we’ll see what’s happening there,” he said about his DHS boss.
And about Kelly: “There are a few things where it’s just not his strength. His fault is not his strength.”
It’s a big Difference between drawing of general review and drawing from Trump. He has proven to be willing to hold onto some public scandals if he is otherwise satisfied with the job they do.
Thus, Scott Pruitt, the former EPA administrator, hung on for several months despite a growing list of investigations of possible abuse of his power. But former HHS secretary Tom Price was away relatively quickly over his use of private aircraft, which coincided with the Republicans failure to cancel the reasonable care laws.
One thing that can complicate a shakeup is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear that no Republican senators can be saved for cabinet roles. When Jeff Sessions became Trumps Attorney General, the Republicans lost since Session’s old seat in the trustworthy red state of Alabama.
There are two actors in Trump’s cabinet. Andrew Wheeler has gone to Pruitt’s mold at the political front of the EPA. While Trump has announced its intention to name Wheeler permanently, he has not yet submitted the necessary paperwork.
The Situation of Acting the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is more insignificant. The White House broke the protocol to put him in the role, circumventing vice-lawyer Rod Rosenstein. It is unclear how much Whitaker was known, given the amount of heat he has transferred to a patent company that was closed by the government this year over allegations of fraud. His days in the administration are now numbered when Trump has said he will nominate Barr to the position.
there is still a core group of cabinet officials and top counselors whose job appears to be safe. State Secretary Mike Pompeo is among those closest to Trump, who takes charge of negotiations with North Korea and the answer to the Jamal Khashoggi assassination. National Security Adviser John Bolton The third man who holds the job under Trump has consolidated power since embarking in March and has dictated much of the administration’s hard foreign policy. Bolton reports directly to the president.
Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer negotiates with China and executes Trump’s tariffs while OMB Director Mick Mulvaney has been assigned to add additional jobs such as monitoring Consumer Financial Protection Agency. And then Vice President Mike Pence has taken a broad portfolio, including facing Trump on the campaign track, while projecting stalwart loyalty.
There is no indication that people like Defense Secretary James Mattis or Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats are heading out . But both men have not been afraid to make the differences with Trump, sometimes known, Coats on the question of Russian confusion and Mattis on issues like American troops at the border with Mexico.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is not often discussed as a difficult place for the president, but he has not exactly been the most powerful cabinet secretary. In addition, he is the only remaining Goldman Sachs alun (now when Gary Cohn is out) with free trade trends that are visible to the president’s financial team. Mnuchin recommended Jay Powell to lead Fed and Trump has said that he is now sorry for the decision, considering Powell’s interest rate hikes.
Gina Haspel is the first woman to lead the CIA and Trump has not publicly shared her but the CIA has clearly shared Trump on Khashoggi and her briefing for senators has helped fuel to drive her power to punish Saudi Arabia for the murder despite Trump’s wishes.
You Don I do not hear much about these cabinet secretaries either because their agencies are not in the top of national headlines or because they do not reach them.
Health and Human Rights Secretary Alex Azar has pleased Trump with the new drug crisis plan. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue helped to place difficult farmers after charges and oversees billions in payments to help compensate for their difficulties.
Carson was the subject of an early scandal over expensive furniture purchased
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been busy promoting nuclear energy abroad, including in Saudi Arabia and strengthening the US coal industry. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao is among the quietest of Trump’s cabinet secretaries. Mitch McConnell’s influential wife is the goalkeeper for the infrastructure plan that Trump has promised for a long time.
DeVos led some initial trip but has remained in the broader conversation, even though she has recently been broken by activists, especially Linda McMahon quietly runs the SBA but may have higher ambitions, while the Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has helped stabilize an agency in concern after firing of former Sec. David Shulkin.