Let’s Not Jinx It, But This Incoming Cabinet Looks Pretty Darn Good So Far. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Let’s take a look at this Trump administration cabinet so far: Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions. Secretary of Health and Human Services: Representative Tom Price. Secretary of Transportation: Former secretary of labor Elaine Chao. Secretary of Education: Philanthropist Betsy DeVos. Ambassador to the United Nations: Governor Nikki Haley. White House Chief of Staff: RNC chair Reince Priebus. National Security Adviser: Former Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn. CIA Director: Representative Mike Pompeo. Treasury Secretary: Banker Steven Mnunchin. Secretary of Commerce: Financier Wilbur Ross. Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Indiana health-policy consultant Seema Verma.
We may quibble with a few here and there, but overall it’s a really good group, particularly considering the perceived limited circle of connections and talent around Trump during the campaign. By and large, this is a pretty darn conservative cabinet, and one that’s sufficiently experienced, professional, knowledgeable, and prepared for the massive tasks before them. In fact, if any of the other 16 Republican presidential candidates had won, it’s easy to picture some of these same names appearing in those alternative Republican cabinets. What’s more, there’s still quite a bit of experienced managerial and legislative talent walking through the lobby of Trump Tower these days: Mitt Romney, David Petraeus, Rick Perry, retired general James Mattis, Representative Marsha Blackburn, Oklahoma governor Mary Fallin.