A day after savoring an improbable victory, president-elect Donald Trump has turned to the task of assembling his cabinet — eschewing the usual Washington insiders for the shortlist in favor of loyal supporters.
At the top of the list are former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and current New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Giuliani and Gingrich were regular Trump surrogates during the long campaign, arguing on his behalf on cable news shows and in interviews, while Christie offered Trump crucial support during the Republican primaries after he suspended his own presidential bid and helped the Republican businessman secure the nomination.
Giuliani has been named as the primary candidate for attorney general in Trump’s Department of Justice, while Gingrich’s name has been floated as a possible Secretary of State, Politico reported.
Christie is expected to have a role in the new administration, but it may be less high-profile after the Bridgegate scandal damaged his political reputation. However, other reports indicate Trump is considering Christie alongside Giuliani as a possible attorney general, and a BBC report lists Christie as a possible Commerce Secretary.
To fill other posts, president-elect Trump is looking to the business world.
The campaign’s radar is fixed on Forrest Lucas, founder of Lucas Oil, as Secretary of the Interior, per Politico. But he may have some competition from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has been one of Trump’s most ardent defenders on social media and has stumped for the president-elect.
And multiple reports list Steven Mnuchin, a top Trump campaign financial adviser, as a leading candidate for Treasury Secretary. Mnuchin spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs before founding a movie production studio that’s been behind major box office hits like the X-Men franchise and American Sniper, according to the BBC.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who navigated political landmines during the campaign as many of his party’s rank and file abandoned Trump, is expected to be offered the job of Chief of Staff.