When Will Donald Trump Announce His Cabinet Picks? Americans May Have To Wait Several Weeks
Now that we know Donald Trump will be our next president, U.S. citizens turn their attention toward the advisors who, we hope, will advise him well throughout the next four years. When will Donald Trump announce his Cabinet picks? We might have to wait a few weeks to find out, but we already have some idea of who he has in mind.
Then-President Elect Barack Obama announced his final Cabinet selections in mid-December 2008, "at an earlier point than any president in history." Whether Trump will pin down his list of advisors in the coming weeks or wait until closer to Jan. 20, remains to be seen.
Back in July, Trump's supporter, Roger Stone, told alt-right website Breitbart that Trump would not pick establishment Republicans for his Cabinet: "You are not going to be looking at people who have been part of the last 30 years of policy failures across the board, whether it’s immigration or trade or our fiscal situation. It is time for fresh thinking."
However, some of Donald Trump's most likely Cabinet picks are previous Republican presidential hopefuls and current politicians. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich appears to be the top choice for Trump's Secretary of State, but Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) is also up for the appointment. The president-elect is eyeing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for Attorney General, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for Chief of Staff, and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for Secretary of Defense. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is reportedly on Trump's shortlist for an undisclosed position.
Additionally, most reports agree that retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn will be Trump's defense secretary or national security adviser. Trump finance chair Steve Mnuchin seems a likely candidate for Secretary of the Treasury, and RNC finance chair Lew Eisenberg may take Secretary of Commerce.
These men have been Trump's most loyal surrogates throughout his campaign, and their candidate does not appear to be ready to abandon them. However, because "Trump’s divisive campaign may make it difficult for him to attract top talent," as Politico reports, the president-elect may have no other choice.