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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 11:23 pm

The Cabinet Members And Officials Of A Trump Presidency - Comments - Up Dated 0/4/17

U.S. Senate goes 'nuclear,' changes filibuster rules

Susan Davis and Richard Wolf, USA TODAY 3:06 p.m. EST November 21, 2013

Senate Democrats pushed through a controversial rules change known as the "nuclear option."

“WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pushed through a controversial change to Senate rules Thursday that will make it easier to approve President Obama's nominees but threatens to further divide an already polarized Congress.

Fifty-two Senate Democrats and independents voted to weaken the power of the filibuster. The change reduces the threshold from 60 votes to 51 votes for Senate approval of executive and judicial nominees against unanimous GOP opposition. Three Democrats — Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Carl Levin of Michigan — opposed the change.

The rule change does not apply to Supreme Court nominees, who are still subject to a 60-vote filibuster threshold, or to legislation.

"The American people believe Congress is broken. The American people believe the Senate is broken. And I believe they are right," Reid said Thursday on the Senate floor. "The need for change is so very, very obvious."

The turning point in the decades-long debate over Senate filibuster rules was Republicans' decision to block all three of Obama's latest nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the nation's second-most-powerful court with vast jurisdiction over federal agencies and regulations.”
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/11/21/harry-reid-nuclear-senate  /3662445

In my view, thanks to the Democrats and now the American People, whom chose to elect Republicans in both Houses and the GOP nominee as President, when Trump chooses a Cabinet Member and un less he later changes his mind prior to be nominated by the Senate or if ever he chooses to fire an affirmed nominee in the future, his selection of Cabinet Members once announced are good to go. The only exception is if rogue Republican Senators go against their party’s GOP Nominee, nominated by GOP Delegates to be President and elected by the American People.

Established in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Cabinet's role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member's respective office. The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. Established in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, the Cabinet's role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member's respective office.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

All appointments will be up dated when Trump has selected key personnel in his Administration:

President Donald J. Trump

Vice President Mike Pence from Indiana, former Governor - Elected November 8, 2016 - Took office January 20, 2017

Department of State - Secretary of State Exxon Mobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson from Texas - Announced December 13, 2016 - Took office February 1, 2017 - state.gov

Department of the Treasury - Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin from California - Announced November 30, 2016 - Took office February 13, 2017 - treasury.gov

Department of Defense - Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Former General (USMC) from Washington - Announced December 1, 2016 - Took office January 20, 2017 - defense.gov

Department of Justice - Attorney General Jeff Sessions from Alabama, former Senator - Announced November 18, 2016 - Took office February 9, 2017 - usdoj.gov

Department of the Interior - Secretary of the Interior, and as appointed was Representative Ryan Zinke from Montana - Announced December 15, 2016 - doi.gov

Department of Agriculture - Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue from Georgia, former Governor - Announced January 18, 2017 - usda.gov

Department of Commerce - Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. from Florida - Announced November 30, 2016 - commerce.gov

President-elect Donald Trump was expected to select Wilbur Ross Jr. as secretary of the Commerce Department, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing two people familiar with the deliberations. Ross, 78, is the billionaire chairman of private equity firm W.L. Ross & Co, which is known for buying up failed companies. A decision that reflects his campaign against existing free trade agreements. The officials would not be named because they were not authorized to speak on the record.
Department of Labor - Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta
Andrew Puzder from Tennessee - Announced December 8, 2016 - dol.gov

Department of Health and Human Services - Secretary of Health and Human Services
Tom Price from Georgia, former Representative - Announced November 29, 2016 - Took office February 10, 2017 - hhs.gov

Department of Housing and Urban Development - Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Benjamin Carson from Florida - Announced December 5, 2016 - hud.gov

Department of Transportation - Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao from Kentucky, former Secretary - Announced November 29, 2016 - Took office January 31, 2017 - dot.gov

Department of Energy - Secretary of Energy Rick Perry from Texas, former Governor of Texas - Announced December 14, 2016 - energy.gov

Department of Education - Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos from Michigan - Announced November 23, 2016 - Took office February 7, 2017 - ed.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs - Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, former Under Secretary from Pennsylvania - Announced January 11, 2017 - Took office February 14, 2017 - va.gov

Department of Homeland Security - Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke (acting), former John F. Kelly from Virginia, former General (USMC) - Announced December 7, 2016 - Took office January 20, 2017 - dhs.gov

The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:

White House Chief of Staff - John F. Kelly from Virginia, former Secretary of Homeland Security and General (USMC) - Announced December 7, 2016 - Took office January 20, 2017 Reince Priebus from Wisconsin, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) - Announced November 13, 2016 - Took office January 20, 2017

Environmental Protection Agency - Administrator Scott Pruitt from Oklahoma, former Oklahoma Attorney General - Announced December 7, 2016 - epa.gov

Director of the Office of Management and Budget as appointed Representative Mick Mulvaney from South Carolina - Announced December 16, 2016 - whitehouse.gov/omb

United States Trade Representative - Ambassador Robert Lighthizer from Maryland - Announced January 3, 2017 - ustr.gov

Ambassador to the United Nations - Ambassador Nikki Haley from South Carolina, former Governor - Announced November 23, 2016 - Took office January 27, 2017 - usun.state.gov

Council of Economic Advisers - Chairman
whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cea

Small Business Administration - Administrator - Linda McMahon from Connecticut -
Announced December 7, 2016 - Took office February 14, 2017
https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet

Senior Advisor to the President of the United States - Stephen Miller (2017–present) and Jared Kushner (2017–present), Trump’s son-in-law

Chief of Staff, Strategist and Senior Counselor - John Kelly; former Stephen K. Bannon

Stephen Kevin "Steve" Bannon is an American businessman and media executive. He is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, a politically conservative American news, opinion and commentary website noted for its connection to the alt-right. He became chief executive officer of the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump in August 2016. Bannon will be chief strategist and Senior Counselor for the Presidency of Donald Trump.

Deputy Chiefs of Staff – Joe Hagin (2017–present) and Rick Dearborn (2017–present), former Katie Walsh (2017).

Counselor to the President - Kellyanne Conway (2017–present)

Director of Strategic Communications - Hope Hicks (2017–present)

Homeland Security Advisor - Tom Bossert (2017–present)

White House Counsel - Don McGahn, veteran Washington, D.C., campaign finance attorney
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The U.S. Senate on Monday, 10/16/2017 voted to confirm President Donald Trump's nomination of Callista Gingrich to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican

National Security Adviser - Feb 20 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster (2017–present), replacing Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn (2017), who resigned February 2017 amid Russia sanctions discussion.

Presidency of Donald Trump - Firing of Michael Flynn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Donald_Trump#cite_note-37

“On February 13, 2017, Trump fired Michael Flynn from the post of National Security Adviser” (Ref. Shear, Michael. "How the White House Explains Waiting 18 Days to Fire Michael Flynn". NY Times. Retrieved August 10, 2017).

“The given reason for the termination was that he had lied to Vice President Pence about his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak” (Ref. Boyer, Dave. "Trump made right call in firing Flynn, White House says". The Washington Times. Retrieved August 10, 2017).

“Flynn was fired amidst the ongoing controversy concerning Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and accusations that Trump's electoral team colluded with Russian agents. In May 2017, Sally Yates testified before Senate Judiciary's Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism that she had told White House Counsel Don McGahn in late January 2017 that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials and warned that Flynn was potentially compromised by Russia” (Ref. "Sally Yates says she warned White House that Flynn was a blackmail risk". CNN. Retrieved August 10, 2017”.

“Flynn remained in his post for another two weeks and was fired after The Washington Post broke the story. Yates was fired by Donald Trump on January 30, two days after she warned Trump officials about Flynn” (Ref. "Trump fires acting Attorney General who defied him on immigration". chicago.suntimes.com. Retrieved February 12, 2017).

The Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, commonly referred to as the National Security Advisor or at times informally termed the NSC advisor, is a senior aide in the Executive Office of the President, based at the West Wing of the White House, who serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on national security.

Deputy National Security Adviser - Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland

Officially, Trump filled two staff slots on Friday, November 25, 2016, naming veteran Washington, D.C., campaign finance attorney Don McGahn as White House counsel and Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland as deputy national security adviser.

Communications Director - Jason Miller Hope Hicks (interim) (2017-present), former Anthony Scaramucci (2017); Michael Dubke (2017) and Sean Spicer (2017).

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers – Vacant

Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission - Jay Clayton (2017–present)

Chair of the Federal Communications Commission - Ajit Varadaraj Pai (2017–present)

Director of the National Economic Council - Gary Cohn (2017–present)

Director of Social Media - Director Dan Scavino

White House Press Secretary - Sarah Huckabee Sanders (2017–present), former Sean Spicer (2017), the former Republican National Committee spokesman.

The White House Press Secretary is a senior White House official whose primary responsibility is to act as spokesperson for the United States government administration, especially with regard to the President, senior executives, and policies. The press secretary is responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president's administration and issues the administration's reactions to developments around the world. The press secretary interacts with the media, and deals with the White House press corps on a daily basis, generally in a daily press briefing. The press secretary serves by the appointment of and at the pleasure of the president; the office does not require the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate, though because of the frequent briefings given to the media, who in turn inform the public, the position is still a very prominent non-Cabinet post.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_House_Press_Secretary

Director of National Intelligence - Daniel Coats from Indiana, former Senator - Announced January 7, 2017

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - CIA Chief Mike Pompeo from Kansas, former Representative - Announced November 18, 2016 - Took office January 23, 2017

Officially, Trump filled two staff slots on Friday, November 25, 2016, naming veteran Washington, D.C., campaign finance attorney Don McGahn as White House counsel and Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland as deputy national security adviser.

“The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (D/CIA) is a statutory office (50 U.S.C. § 3036) which functions as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which in turn is a part of the United States Intelligence Community” (Ref. [1])

The Director reports to the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) (former Indiana Senator Dan Coats) and is assisted by the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The Director is a civilian or a general/flag officer of the armed forces” (Ref. [2])

Nominated by the President, with the concurring or nonconcurring recommendation from the DNI” (Ref. [3]) and must be confirmed by a majority vote of the Senate” (Ref. [4]).

1. 5 U.S.C. § 5313
2. 10 U.S.C. § 528 Officers serving in certain intelligence positions: military status; exclusion from distribution and strength limitations; pay and allowances
3. 50 U.S.C. § 403-6 Appointment of officials responsible for intelligence-related activities
4. 50 U.S.C. § 3036 Director of the Central Intelligence Agency”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Director_of_the_Central_Intelligence_Agency

Cabinet of Donald Trump, Photos of said same and Confirmation process timeline
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabinet_of_Donald_Trump

FBI Director - Christopher A. Wray (2017–present), former Andrew G. McCabe (acting) (2017) and James Comey1 (2013–2017) (Appointed by Barack Obama) was fired by President Trump May, 9 2017.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, which simultaneously serves as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Operating under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI is concurrently a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community and reports to both the Attorney General and the Director of National Intelligence. A leading U.S. counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and criminal investigative organization, the FBI has jurisdiction over violations of more than 200 categories of federal crimes.

A federal statute enacted in 1976 — Pub. L. 94-503, quoted in the notes follow 28 U.S.C.A. § 532 — says that the Director of the FBI shall be appointed by the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, for 10 years, and “A Director may not serve more than one ten-year term.” (That was apparently a reaction to the power accumulated by J. Edgar Hoover during his many years in office.) Now “The Obama administration is asking Congress to extend by two years the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller, who transformed the bureau to fight terrorism.” http://volokh.com/2011/05/16/the-length-of-the-fbi-directors-term

Firing of James Comey
Main article: Dismissal of James Comey
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dismissal_of_James_Comey

“On May 9, 2017, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. In explaining his decision to fire Comey, the Trump administration cited Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email controversy” (Ref. "Rod Rosenstein's letter recommending Comey be fired". BBC News. May 10, 201)7.

“In firing Comey, Trump relied on a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that criticized Comey for publicly announcing that the case involving Clinton's emails would not be prosecuted. Rosenstein argued that Comey overstepped his role and that the Justice Department determines whether a case should be prosecuted” (Ref. "A statement from Press Secretary Sean Spicer and letters from President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein" (PDF). The White House. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 10, 2017).

“However, many critics of Trump accused him of using Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation as a pretext for Comey's dismissal; instead, these critics argue that Comey was dismissed due to his investigation into the Trump administration's ties with Russia” (Ref. Wittes, Benjamin; Hennessey, Susan (May 9, 2017). "The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him". Lawfare Blog. Retrieved May 10, 2017).

“Governance experts said that the firing of Comey was highly significant and abnormal, with the action raising concerns about checks and balances in American democracy broadly” (Ref. Dawsey, Josh. "'He got tired of him'". Politico. Retrieved May 11, 2017).

“Days after firing Comey, Trump stated that he would have fired Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendations, describing Comey as a "showboat."” (Ref. Bender, Michael C. (May 11, 2017). "Donald Trump Says He Decided to Fire James Comey Before Rod Rosenstein Letter". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 12, 2017).
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“In a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador to the US, Trump asserted Comey was a "nut job" and that this would relieve pressure off of him regarding his relationship with Russia” (Ref. "Comey "lost the confidence" of FBI employees, says Sarah Huckabee Sanders". Retrieved May 11, 2017).

“In the aftermath of Comey's firing, various news outlets compared the firing to the "Saturday Night Massacre," a constitutional crisis that occurred during Richard Nixon's administration” (Ref. Goldman, Adam; Savage, Charlie (May 10, 2017). "Inside the F.B.I., Stunned Agents Wonder About Future of Russia Inquiry". The New York Times. Retrieved May 11, 2017; Kopan, Tal; Brown, Pamela; Perez, Evan; Prokupecz, Shimon (May 10, 2017). "Comey firing sends shockwaves through FBI rank-and-file". CNN.
Levine, Mike (May 11, 2017) and "New acting FBI chief pushes back on WH assertion that rank and file lost confidence in Comey". ABC News.).

“Comey prepared detailed memos, some of which are classified, documenting most of his meetings and telephone conversations with President Trump’ (Ref. Taylor, Jessica (June 8, 2017). "Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2017 and "'Lies, Plain and Simple': Comey Calls Out Trump Admin for Saying FBI Was in 'Disarray'". Fox News Insider. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017).

“He told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he created written records immediately after his conversations with Trump because he "was honestly concerned that he [Trump] might lie about the nature of our meeting"” (Ref. "'Lies, Plain and Simple': Comey Calls Out Trump Admin for Saying FBI Was in 'Disarray'". Fox News Insider. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 8, 2017.

“The Times noted that contemporaneous notes created by FBI agents are frequently relied upon "in court as credible evidence of conversations."’ (Ref. Taylor, Jessica (June 8, 2017). "Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2017).

“In his memo about a February 14, 2017, Oval Office meeting between Comey and Trump, Comey says Trump attempted to persuade him to abort the investigation into General Flynn” (Ref. Malloy, Allie (May 10, 2017). "Trump says he fired Comey because he wasn't 'doing a good job'". CNN. Retrieved May 11, 2017; Taylor, Jessica (June 8, 2017). "Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2017 and Bennett, Brian (May 11, 2017). "Trump to NBC's Lester Holt: Comey's 'a showboat,' 'I was going to fire regardless of recommendation'". Los Angeles Times).

“According to the memo, the president stated, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."” (Ref. Taylor, Jessica (June 8, 2017). "Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2017).

“Comey made no commitments to Trump on the subject” (Ref. Taylor, Jessica (June 8, 2017). "Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2017).

“Two Comey associates who saw Comey's memo described it as two pages long and highly detailed” (Ref. "President Trump just completely contradicted the official White House account of the Comey firing". The Week. May 11, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017).

“The Times reported that the memo, which is not classified, was part of a "paper trail" created by Comey to document "what he perceived as the president’s improper efforts to influence a continuing investigation"” (Ref. Taylor, Jessica (June 8, 2017). "Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2017).

“Comey shared the memo with "a very small circle of people at the FBI and Justice Department." "President Trump just completely contradicted the official White House account of the Comey firing". The Week. May 11, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017.

“Comey and other senior FBI officials perceived Trump's remarks "as an effort to influence the investigation, but they decided that they would try to keep the conversation secret — even from the F.B.I. agents working on the Russia investigation — so the details of the conversation would not affect the investigation"” (Ref. Taylor, Jessica (June 8, 2017). "Comey Accuses White House Of 'Lies, Plain And Simple'". NPR. Retrieved June 8, 2017). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Donald_Trump

Federal Reserve Board - The Federal Reserve System is the central banking system of the United States. It was created on December 23, 1913, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act in response to a series of financial panics that showed the need for central control of the monetary system if crises are to be avoided. Over the years, events such as the Great Depression in the 1930s and the Great Recession during the 2000s led to the expansion of the roles and responsibilities of the Federal Reserve System.”

“The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, commonly known as the Federal Reserve Board, is the main governing body of the Federal Reserve System. It is charged with overseeing the Federal Reserve Banks and with helping implement monetary policy of the United States. Governors are appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate for staggered 14-year terms. By law, the appointments must yield a "fair representation of the financial, agricultural, industrial, and commercial interests and geographical divisions of the country". As stipulated in the Banking Act of 1935, the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board are two of seven members of the Board of Governors who are appointed by the President from among the sitting Governors” (Ref. [1] & [2]).

The Board of Governors does not receive funding from Congress, and the terms of the seven members of the Board span multiple presidential and congressional terms. Once a member of the Board of Governors is appointed by the president, he or she functions mostly independently. The Board is required to make an annual report of operations to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives” (Ref. [3]).

It also supervises and regulates the operations of the Federal Reserve Banks, and the U.S. banking system in general. Membership is by statute limited in term, and a member that has served for a full 14 year term is not eligible for reappointment. There are numerous occasions where an individual was appointed to serve the remainder of another member's uncompleted term, and has been reappointed to serve a full 14-year term. Since "upon the expiration of their terms of office, members of the Board shall continue to serve until their successors are appointed and have qualified". It is possible for a member to serve for significantly longer than a full term of 14 years. The law provides for the removal of a member of the Board by the President "for cause"” (Ref. [4]).

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Governors are appointed by the President from among the sitting Governors. They both serve a four-year term and they can be renominated as many times as the President chooses, until their terms on the Board of Governors expire” (Ref. [1]).

The current members of the Board of Governors are as follows” Ref. [5]):

Chair - Janet Yellen (2014–present) - Appointed by Barack Obama; term ends in January/February 2018. - Kehoe, Jeff (November 27, 2016). "Donald Trump set to reshape US Federal Reserve". The Australian Financial Review.

Entered office: February 3, 2014 (as Chair) –
Term expires: February 3, 2018 (as Chair)
Term expires: January 31, 2024 (as Governor)

“Louise Yellen is an American economist. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, previously serving as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014. Previously, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton; and business professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Vice Chair Stanley Fischer3 (2014–present)” (Ref. "Fed may face unnerving shake-up under Trump administration". The Globe and Mail. Toronto).

Appointed by Barack Obama; term ends in June 2018. Trump intends to "most likely" appoint a replacement” (Ref. "Former BB&T chief has called for abolishing the Fed. Now he'd be interested in leading it.". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina).

Stanley Fischer (Vice-Chair)
Entered office: June 16, 2014 (as Vice-Chair)[7]
Term expires: June 12, 2018 (as Vice Chair)
Term expires: January 31, 2020 (as Governor)

Daniel Tarullo
Entered office: January 28, 2009
Term expires: January 31, 2022

Jerome H. Powell
Entered office: May 25, 2012
Term expires: January 31, 2028

Lael Brainard
Entered office: June 16, 2014
Term expires: January 31, 2026

Vacant
Vacant
Source: [8]

1. See 12 U.S.C. § 241
2. Federal Reserve (January 16, 2009). "Board of Governors FAQ". Federal Reserve. Retrieved 2009-01-16.
3. 12 U.S.C. § 247.
4. See 12 U.S.C. § 242.
5. "FRB: Board Members". Federalreserve.gov. 2013-09-03. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
6. "Membership of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 1914–Present". FederalReserve.gov. Retrieved 2014-06-13.
7. Schroeder, Robert, [1], FRB Website, June 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-16.
8. "About the Fed" on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors website.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_Board_of_Governors#cite_note-feder alreserve1-2
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Will Donald Trump Leave The Federal Reserve Alone? St. Louis Fed President Says Fed Will Hold President-Elect To His Word - By Marcy Kreiter @marcykreiter On 11/20/16 AT 3:57 PM

“St. Louis Fed President James Bullard said Sunday the U.S. Federal Reserve will hold President-elect Donald Trump to his word on preserving the central bank’s independence.
Bullard, who said last week he could see supporting a December rate hike, told the German business daily Handelsblatt the transition team has said “it wants to protect the independence of the Fed.”

"If inflation were at 15 percent like it was in the 1980s, there would perhaps be a reason to say that something isn't right and it has to be changed. But that is not the case today," the Fed policymaker said.”
http://www.ibtimes.com/will-donald-trump-leave-federal-reserve-alone-st-louis-fe d-president-says-fed-will-2448850

Doesn’t look like the Federal Renewable Reserve Depository received enough interest as a competitor to the Feds, so we will continue to print money for the Feds, forever borrowing and using a credit card to fund the government, unless Trumps plans will generate enough money from taxes to pay off the national deficit.

“Who are Trump's attorney general, national security adviser and CIA chief?

The president-elect has appointed Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn and Mike Pompeo.

None are without controversy Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn and Mike Pompeo. Composite: Reuters

Matthew Weaver and Nadia Khomami - Friday 18 November 2016 16.30 GMT Last modified on Saturday 19 November 2016 20.05 GMT

Jeff Sessions

Sessions, who has been offered the job of attorney general in Donald Trump’s cabinet, is known as one of the most rightwing and anti-immigration members of the Senate.
He was born in 1946 in Selma, Alabama, site of the start of the historic civil rights march to Montgomery in 1965.

In 1986, in a rare move, his nomination by Ronald Reagan to be a federal judge was rejected by Congress after several attorneys testified that he had made racist comments.
Jeff Sessions is Trump's choice for attorney general, reports say
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Sessions, who has been a senator for Alabama for nearly 20 years after practising law in the state, has long campaigned for strict controls on immigration. Last year he wrote a 25-page report blaming immigration for job losses and welfare dependency.

The Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority argues for limiting work visas and “establishing firm control over entry and exit in the United States”.

Sessions wrote: “For decades, the American people have begged and pleaded for a just and lawful system of immigration that serves their interests – but their demands are refused. For years, Americans have been scorned and mocked by the elite denizens of Washington and Wall Street for having legitimate concerns about how uncontrolled immigration impacts their jobs, wages, schools, hospitals, police departments, and communities.”

Michael Flynn

A retired army lieutenant general, Flynn has been offered the job of national security adviser. The 57-year-old was the only national security figure of his rank to publicly align himself with Trump and remained loyal to the businessman throughout his campaign.

While other national security experts criticised and denounced the GOP nominee, Flynn took part in campaign rallies where he led chants against Hillary Clinton, including those that called for her to be locked up. “The enemy camp in this case is Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Flynn said in Florida during the summer.

The three-star general also delivered what was reported to be a “fiery” speech at the Republican national convention, where he lambasted Barack Obama’s “empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric”, which he said had “caused the world to have no respect for America’s word”, or might.

Flynn, who in 2015 declared himself a registered Democrat, held senior positions in the 18th Airborne Corps, at the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon and at US central command, which runs US military operations in the Middle East.

He served as a top intelligence adviser to Gen Stanley McChrystal in Iraq and Afghanistan. Between 2012 and 2014, he ran the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), one of the highest positions a military intelligence officer can attain, but his tenure was cut short over clashes with top Obama administration officials. One of the people who played a leading role in Flynn’s departure was James Clapper, the director of national intelligence who announced his resignation on Thursday.

Flynn has since proven himself to be a controversial figure and public opponent of Obama’s foreign policy. In his 2016 book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, co-authored with the historian and former Reagan administration official Michael Ledeen, he wrote that he is “not a devotee of so-called political correctness”.

He has come under fire for regularly appearing on Russian state-owned television station RT, and once attended a gala hosted by the channel, sitting two places away from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. He later said his speaker’s bureau had arranged his trip to Russia and that he saw no distinction between RT and other news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC.

Flynn was once opposed to waterboarding and other banned extreme interrogation techniques, but, according to the Washington Post, in reference to Trump’s previously stated openness to reinstating such techniques, he said he “would be reluctant to take options off the table”. Asked by al-Jazeera if he would support Trump’s threat to kill the families of suspected terrorists, he said: “I would have to see the circumstances of that situation.”

Flynn would oversee about 400 people.

Mike Pompeo

Pompeo, offered the job of CIA chief, has been the Republican representative for Kansas’s 4th congressional district since 2011.

The 52-year-old is a Harvard law graduate who represents the Wichita area in the House. He is a member of the conservative Tea Party movement and served as a Kansas representative on the Republican National Committee.

Pompeo originally backed Marco Rubio for the GOP nomination but later supported Trump following his victory in the primaries. “You have seen him make good decisions in his business life, his family life – with his children, so I am excited for a commander in chief who fearlessly puts America out in front,” Pompeo said of Trump in July.

But he has not been afraid to criticise the president-elect, and when a 2005 tape emerged of Trump boasting of groping and kissing women without their consent, Pompeo called the comments “horrible, offensive and indefensible”.

As a congressional candidate in 2010, Pompeo had to personally apologise for a tweet his campaign sent out promoting an article that called his opponent Raj Goyle, an Indian-American Democrat, a “turban topper” who “could be a muslim, a hindy, a buddhist etc who knows”. His campaign also put up billboard ads encouraging people in the area to “vote American”.

Pompeo is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, which endorsed him for Congress. He is also a hardliner on abortion, keen to ban it in all instances except where the mother’s life is at risk. He has also voted against the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act. He opposed closing Guantánamo Bay, and after a 2013 visit to the prison, said of prisoners who were on hunger strike: “It looked to me like a lot of them had put on weight.”\

In 2013, Pompeo was widely criticized by Democrats and the Council on American-Islamic Relations for saying that Muslim clerics who did not properly chastise Islamic terrorists were “complicit” in terror attacks.

Pompeo told the floor of the House: “When the most devastating terrorist attacks on America in the last 20 years come overwhelmingly from people of a single faith, and are performed in the name of that faith, a special obligation falls on that faith’s leaders to respond. Instead, their silence has made most Islamic leaders across America complicit in these acts.”

He is staunchly against the Iran deal and in an op-ed for Fox News in July, wrote that the deal puts the US at increased risk. “Congress must act to change Iranian behaviour, and, ultimately, the Iranian regime,” he wrote.

Before joining Congress, Pompeo ran an oilfield supply and distribution company and has been a stalwart critic of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to regulate carbon emissions.

Earlier this year it was thought he would enter the race against US senator Jerry Moran in the primaries but in the end he decided not to. “The 85 days remaining before the first votes are cast plus my especially consuming commitments to current duties on the Benghazi committee, the house intelligence committee and a new investigatory intelligence task force will preclude the kind of campaign that Kansans deserve,” Pompeo said in a statement.

• This article was amended on 18 November 2016. An earlier version said incorrectly that James Clapper was the CIA director.”
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Who are Trump's attorney general, national security adviser and CIA chief?

The president-elect has appointed Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn and Mike Pompeo.

None are without controversy Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn and Mike Pompeo. Composite: Reuters

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Jeff Sessions

Sessions, who has been offered the job of attorney general in Donald Trump’s cabinet, is known as one of the most rightwing and anti-immigration members of the Senate.
He was born in 1946 in Selma, Alabama, site of the start of the historic civil rights march to Montgomery in 1965.

In 1986, in a rare move, his nomination by Ronald Reagan to be a federal judge was rejected by Congress after several attorneys testified that he had made racist comments.
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Sessions, who has been a senator for Alabama for nearly 20 years after practising law in the state, has long campaigned for strict controls on immigration. Last year he wrote a 25-page report blaming immigration for job losses and welfare dependency.

The Immigration Handbook for the New Republican Majority argues for limiting work visas and “establishing firm control over entry and exit in the United States”.

Sessions wrote: “For decades, the American people have begged and pleaded for a just and lawful system of immigration that serves their interests – but their demands are refused. For years, Americans have been scorned and mocked by the elite denizens of Washington and Wall Street for having legitimate concerns about how uncontrolled immigration impacts their jobs, wages, schools, hospitals, police departments, and communities.”

Michael Flynn

A retired army lieutenant general, Flynn has been offered the job of national security adviser. The 57-year-old was the only national security figure of his rank to publicly align himself with Trump and remained loyal to the businessman throughout his campaign.

While other national security experts criticised and denounced the GOP nominee, Flynn took part in campaign rallies where he led chants against Hillary Clinton, including those that called for her to be locked up. “The enemy camp in this case is Hillary Rodham Clinton,” Flynn said in Florida during the summer.

The three-star general also delivered what was reported to be a “fiery” speech at the Republican national convention, where he lambasted Barack Obama’s “empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric”, which he said had “caused the world to have no respect for America’s word”, or might.

Flynn, who in 2015 declared himself a registered Democrat, held senior positions in the 18th Airborne Corps, at the joint chiefs of staff at the Pentagon and at US central command, which runs US military operations in the Middle East.

He served as a top intelligence adviser to Gen Stanley McChrystal in Iraq and Afghanistan. Between 2012 and 2014, he ran the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), one of the highest positions a military intelligence officer can attain, but his tenure was cut short over clashes with top Obama administration officials. One of the people who played a leading role in Flynn’s departure was James Clapper, the director of national intelligence who announced his resignation on Thursday.

Flynn has since proven himself to be a controversial figure and public opponent of Obama’s foreign policy. In his 2016 book, The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies, co-authored with the historian and former Reagan administration official Michael Ledeen, he wrote that he is “not a devotee of so-called political correctness”.

He has come under fire for regularly appearing on Russian state-owned television station RT, and once attended a gala hosted by the channel, sitting two places away from the Russian president, Vladimir Putin. He later said his speaker’s bureau had arranged his trip to Russia and that he saw no distinction between RT and other news outlets such as CNN and MSNBC.

Flynn was once opposed to waterboarding and other banned extreme interrogation techniques, but, according to the Washington Post, in reference to Trump’s previously stated openness to reinstating such techniques, he said he “would be reluctant to take options off the table”. Asked by al-Jazeera if he would support Trump’s threat to kill the families of suspected terrorists, he said: “I would have to see the circumstances of that situation.”

Flynn would oversee about 400 people.


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“Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs have urged Obama to remove the head of the NSA

The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.

The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

Action has been delayed, some administration officials said, because relieving Rogers of his duties is tied to another controversial recommendation: to create separate chains of command at the NSA and the military’s cyberwarfare unit, a recommendation by Clapper and Carter that has been stalled because of other issues.

The news comes as Rogers is being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to be his nominee for director of national intelligence to replace Clapper as the official who oversees all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters.

The White House, Pentagon and Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. The NSA did not respond to requests for comment. Carter has concerns with Rogers’s performance, officials said. The driving force for Clapper, meanwhile, was the separation of leadership roles at the NSA and U.S. Cyber Command, and his stance that the NSA should be headed by a civilian.
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Vice President-elect Mike Pence

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That's not correct...before the cabinet comes the Speaker of the House and after that the Senate's Pro Tempore...?

At any rate, Trump's mere presence is causing the Leftists to go into convulsions...pure gold. Flag
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I thought that to be the case, but on the white house web site it states differently. Goes to show us, even the executive branch views things differently. I'll delete that sentience.
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You mean the one currently under the Dems? Wonder if they did that intentionally...?
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YA. Congressman Ryan would be in the succession.
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Trump adds two names to his team while in Florida

“President-elect Donald Trump is spending Black Friday in South Florida, mulling transition issues that include a new White House counsel, a new deputy national security adviser, a prospective Commerce secretary, a public battle over the secretary of State's job, and talks with an Indiana air conditioning company that is planning to move jobs to Mexico.

Officially, Trump filled two staff slots on Friday, naming veteran Washington, D.C., campaign finance attorney Don McGahn as White House counsel and Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland as deputy national security adviser.

In picking McGahn to be the presidential lawyer, Trump said in a statement that "Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law. He will play a critical role in our administration, and I am grateful that he is willing to serve our country at such a high-level capacity.”

Citing Trump's pledge to crack down on government corruption, McGahn said in a statement put out by Trump's transition team that the president-elect "is a bold leader committed to draining the swamp in Washington and restoring economic prosperity and security."

One of McGahn's presumed duties: Helping Trump navigate possible conflicts between his duties as president and his business interests worldwide.

McFarland, a veteran national security analyst and Fox News commentator, will serve as deputy to National Security Adviser-designate Michael Flynn. "She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe," Trump said of McFarland.

An official during the Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan administrations, McFarland has in more recent years echoed Trump's and Flynn's criticisms of President Obama's foreign policy, particularly when it comes to combating terrorism. McFarland also ran unsuccessfully in 2006 for the U.S. Senate. a seat then held by future secretary of State and Trump election rival Hillary Clinton.

"So proud & honored to have KT McFarland as part of our National Security team," Flynn himself tweeted.

In her statement, McFarland said that "nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it."

As for the Cabinet, Trump is expected to eventually nominate billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as secretary of Commerce, officials familiar with the transition said, a decision that reflects his campaign against existing free trade agreements. The officials would not be named because they were not authorized to speak on the record.

Ross has been an opponent of free trade deals he says have shipped jobs overseas, and the private investor also co-authored an infrastructure financing plan that Trump is studying. During the campaign, Ross told CNBC that he backed Trump because "middle class and lower middle class America has not really benefited by the last 10 to 15 years of economic activity and they're sick and tired of it and they want something different."
Critics describe Ross as the "king of bankruptcy," saying his strategy has been to buy, re-structure, and sell off companies, from fading steel mills and coal mines to failed banks.
The nominee for deputy secretary of Commerce is likely to be Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, a member of a prominent family of conservative donors.

Trump is expected to make two staffing decision on Friday, but no Cabinet picks, said transition spokesman Jason Miller, The president-elect is scheduled to resume interviews of prospective appointees on Monday, aides said. That includes a meeting with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has been mentioned for a homeland security post.

In other Trump Cabinet developments, former Republican primary rival Ben Carson and aides say he is considering an offer to join Trump's team. The New York businessman said earlier this week he was likely to offer Carson the post of housing and urban development.

The president-elect spent Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach, Fla. He is expected to return to New York sometime this weekend.

Trump and aides are also overseeing a internal debate over who should be his secretary of State.

One candidate, 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, is drawing opposition from prominent Trump surrogates like Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. They and others cite Romney's outspoken criticism of Trump during this year's Republican primary battle, such as labeling the New York businessman a "fraud" and a "phony."

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway joined in the fray over the Thanksgiving holiday, tweeting: "Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state."

Another secretary of State candidate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, strongly backed Trump during the campaign, but his overseas business interests have made him a target of criticism. Trump is said to be considering other candidates for secretary of State. They include Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

While deciding who should head his diplomatic team, Trump has spent part of the holiday weekend taking calls from foreign leaders. The transition team put out a list Friday saying that in recent days Trump has spoken with the leaders of Greece, Hungary, Panama, Slovenia, and Sweden.

Trump himself has also stayed busy on social media over the holiday, saying in one missive that he is trying to prevent Carrier from moving jobs at an air conditioner manufacturing plan in Indiana to Mexico. "I am working hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in the U.S. (Indiana). MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!"

Carrier responded via the company Twitter account, saying that it "has had discussions with the incoming administration and we look forward to working together. Nothing to announce at this time."

Trump's involvement in talks with Carrier drew criticism from a Republican lawmaker, Rep. Justin Amish of Michigan. "Not the president (-elect)'s job," Amish tweeted. "We live in a constitutional republic, not an autocracy. Business-specific meddling shouldn't be normalized."”


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Donald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for DHS secretary

“CBS News Donald Trump is tapping Gen. John Kelly to run the Department of Homeland Security, CBS News confirms.

The final request and acceptance, sources told CBS’ Major Garrett, occurred while Kelly was traveling in Europe. His pick for DHS secretary will be announced by the transition staff in the coming days.

Watch: Trump announces Mattis pick

Kelly is the third general tapped by the president-elect, joining Gen. James Mattis, Mr. Trump’s pick to become the next secretary of Defense, and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Mr. Trump’s incoming national security advisor.

Like Mattis, Kelly is a Marine with a reputation for bluntness.

Kelly was the commander of U.S. Southern Command until earlier this year. In that posting, he oversaw American military operations in South America and Central America.

Before that, he commanded American forces numerous times in Iraq, and spent a year as the top Marine in that country. He then was an aide to defense secretaries Leon Panetta and Robert Gates.

Created after the 9/11 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security now employs nearly 250,000 people. Trump pledged repeatedly to better secure America’s borders on the campaign trail, and it is likely that Kelly, should he take the position, will be central to that effort.

Unlike Flynn, Kelly did not endorse Mr. Trump during the campaign and indicated he would be open to serving in either a Republican or Democratic administration. He has also referred to domestic politics as a “cesspool” in an interview over the summer with Foreign Policy magazine.

Kelly, who served nearly 46 years in the Marine Corps, is the highest-ranking American military official to lose a child in combat since 9/11. His son, Marine Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.

CBS News’ Major Garrett, Christopher Isham, Steve Chaggaris, and Arden Farhi contributed reporting to this story.


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“WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to curb climate change as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source said on Wednesday, a choice that enraged green activists and cheered the oil industry.

Trump's choice, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, fits neatly with the Republican president-elect's promise to cut back the EPA and free up drilling and coal mining, and signals the likely rollback of much of Obama's environmental agenda.

Since becoming the top prosecutor for the major oil and gas producing state in 2011, Pruitt has launched multiple lawsuits against regulations put forward by the agency he is now poised to lead, suing to block federal measures to reduce smog and curb toxic emissions from power plants.

He is also a leading figure in a legal effort by several states to throw out the EPA's Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Obama's climate change strategy that requires states to curb carbon output.

In an interview with Reuters in September, Pruitt said he sees the Clean Power Plan as a form of federal "coercion and commandeering" of energy policy and that his state should have "sovereignty to make decisions for its own markets."

Pruitt, 48, has also said he is skeptical of climate change. In an opinion piece in an Oklahoma newspaper this year, he wrote that he believes the debate over global warming is "far from settled" and that scientists continue to disagree on the issue. An overwhelming majority of scientists around the world say manmade emissions are warming the planet.

The Obama administration finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 as a key part of meeting U.S. obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement, an accord among nearly 200 countries to curb global warming. Many scientists say warming is causing rising sea levels, drought, and an increase in ferocious storms.

Trump vowed during his campaign to pull the United States out of the Paris deal, saying it would put American businesses at a competitive disadvantage. Since the election, however, Trump has said he will keep an "open mind" about the climate deal, and also met with leading climate change activist and former Vice President Al Gore.
Trump, a real estate magnate who takes office on Jan. 20, is in the midst of building his administration and is holding scores of interviews at his office in New York.”



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Trump chooses pro wrestling magnate Linda McMahon to head SBA
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WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will nominate professional wrestling magnate and former Senate candidate Linda McMahon as his choice to head the Small Business Administration.

Trump's announcement said McMahon would be a key player in his effort to generate stronger job growth and roll back federal regulations.

McMahon, 68, is a co-founder and former CEO of the professional wrestling franchise WWE, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. She ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010. She was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign.

The SBA, which has at least one office in every U.S. state, provides support to small businesses such as by extending loans and making sure they get a percentage of federal contracts.

Trump said McMahon had helped the WWE grow from a 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees worldwide. Trump is a WWE Hall of Fame member.

If confirmed by the Senate, McMahon would join a Trump economic team that includes Wall Street executives Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department and Wilbur Ross at Commerce.

"Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country's top female executives advising businesses around the globe," Trump said in the announcement.

McMahon said her goal as the SBA chief would be to promote small businesses and help them grow and thrive.

"Our small businesses are the largest source of job creation in our country," she said.
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Trump's cabinet

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump's appointees include

Gary Cohn, appointed National Economic Council Director; S.C.

Gov. Nikki Haley, appointed Ambassador to the United Nations;

Steven Mnuchin, appointed Treasury Secretary;

Linda McMahon, appointed head of the Small Business Administration;

Rex Tillerson, appointed Secretary of State:

Michael T. Flynn, appointed National Security Advisor;

Reince Priebus, White House Chief of Staff;

Elaine Chao, appointed Transportation Secretary;

Andrew Puzder, appointed Labor Secretary;

Steve Bannon, appointed chief strategist and senior counselor.

Wilbur Ross, appointed Commerce Secretary;

Sen. Jeff Sessions, appointed U.S. Attorney General;

James Mattis, appointed Defense Secretary;

Rick Perry, appointed Energy Secretary;

Scott Pruitt, appointed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator;

John F. Kelly, appponted Homeland Security Secretary;

Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services;

Betsy DeVos, appointed Education Secretary;

Ben Carson, appointed Housing and Urban Development Secretary;

Ryan Zinke, appointed Interior Secretary.

Donald Trump announced Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his Secretary of State. (Reuters)
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“Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March — an unprecedented break with Senate tradition.

Such delays would upend Republican hopes of quickly holding hearings and confirming most of Trump’s top picks on Inauguration Day. But Democrats, hamstrung by their minority status, are determined to slow-walk Trump’s picks unless they start disclosing reams of personal financial data they’ve withheld so far, according to senior aides.
Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that Democrats will hone in especially on Rex Tillerson, Trump’s choice for secretary of state; Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s choice for attorney general; Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), tapped to lead the Office of Management and Budget; and Betsy DeVos, set to serve as education secretary.
There’s also Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services and oversee changes to Obamacare, who is set to be attacked by Democrats for his support for privatizing Medicare. Andrew Puzder, a restaurant executive set to serve as labor secretary, will face scrutiny for past comments on the minimum wage, among other policies. Steve Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs partner set to serve as treasury secretary, and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to lead the EPA, will also be the focus of Democratic attacks, aides said.

“President-elect Trump is attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the industries they’d be tasked with regulating,” Schumer said in a statement Sunday confirming his caucus’s plans. “Any attempt by Republicans to have a series of rushed, truncated hearings before Inauguration Day and before the Congress and public have adequate information on all of them is something Democrats will vehemently resist. If Republicans think they can quickly jam through a whole slate of nominees without a fair hearing process, they’re sorely mistaken.”

Absent from the Democratic hit list are retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis, set to serve as defense secretary; South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who Trump has nominated to serve as ambassador to the United Nations; and John Kelly, a former Marine general and Trump’s selection to lead the Department of Homeland Security, signaling that all three should expect little trouble from Democrats.

Senate confirmation hearings are scheduled to begin next week, when the Judiciary Committee is set to hold two days of hearings with Sessions, and the Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a one day, two-part hearing with Tillerson.

But Schumer has told McConnell that he wants at least two days of hearings for each of these eight nominees, including at least one panel made up of witnesses that can speak to the pick’s past record, aides said. At each hearing, members of the committee would get at least 10 minutes to ask questions, with no limits on multiple rounds of questions, if requested.

Democrats also want hearings for each of these eight nominees to be held on separate weeks, with no more than two Cabinet picks sitting for a hearing in the same week. That would mean that Tillerson and Mattis’s hearings could happen in the same week, but not the hearings for Price and Mulvaney, aides said.

That’s already not set to happen and Republicans have scoffed at Schumer’s proposal, noting that the New York senator went along in 2009 when the Senate unanimously confirmed seven of President Obama’s Cabinet nominees on Inauguration Day and five more later that week.”


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Trump Nominates Former Senator Coats as Intelligence Director
Jennifer Jacobs and Nafeesa Syeed - Bloomberg – January 7, 2017

(Bloomberg) – “President-elect Donald Trump nominated former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as U.S. director of national intelligence, giving the retired lawmaker oversight of the spy agencies that have drawn skepticism from Trump.

Coats, 73, probably would face close questioning by both Republicans and Democrats about how he views the intelligence community’s conclusions that Russia hacked Democratic Party computer systems in order to meddle in the U.S. presidential campaign, which Trump has repeatedly questioned. The current director of national intelligence, James Clapper, who briefed Trump on Friday, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies now have “very high” confidence in their assessment.

“Dan has clearly demonstrated the deep subject matter expertise and sound judgment required to lead our intelligence community,” Trump said Saturday in a statement. “He will provide unwavering leadership that the entire intelligence community can respect, and will spearhead my administration’s ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do us harm.”

In a series of tweets starting late Tuesday evening, Trump suggested intelligence agencies delayed briefing him on the hacking to build their case, calling it “very strange.” He later cited remarks by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a Fox News interview that cast doubt on the intelligence assessment. “Also said Russians did not give him info!”

After the Friday briefing, which he described as “constructive,” Trump said he’ll seek a plan to “aggressively combat and stop cyberattacks.”

Overseeing Agencies

Having served as a senator, ambassador and lobbyist, Coats is a known quantity in Washington. As the DNI, he would oversee coordination of 17 intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, tasked with tracking everything from terrorist operations to foreign military maneuvers.

If confirmed by the Senate, Coats will join a team expected to include retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as national security adviser, Republican Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA chief and former General James Mattis at the Pentagon.

“If confirmed, I will ensure our national security decision-makers have every piece of information they need to protect the American people from the threats facing our nation,” Coats said. “There is no higher priority than keeping America safe, and I will utilize every tool at my disposal to make that happen.”

Trump also considered Fran Townsend, President George W. Bush’s former homeland security adviser; Admiral Mike Rogers, the current director of the National Security Agency; and former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton.

As a member of the Homeland Security Appropriations and Intelligence Committees, Coats in 2014 laid out what he termed a more effective strategy to combat Islamic State terrorists, calling for having law enforcement working more collaboratively with domestic Muslim communities; pushing Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Gulf allies to cut off financial support for groups that support terrorism; and expanding bombing of Islamic State camps in Syria.

He also has made comments similar to Trump’s about the need for what the president-elect has called “extreme vetting” of people coming into the country from areas where terrorists are active. Coats said the U.S. needs to review its Visa Waiver Program, which lets citizens of about three dozen nations to enter the U.S. for as many as 90 days without getting visas in advance, saying it might have to be eliminated for national security reasons. “Similar reviews of our refugee and asylum policies are necessary,” he added in a statement on his website.”
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