As the global shockwaves from Donald Trump’s election victory last Tuesday continue to resound, the President Elect himself has already made many important decisions regarding his cabinet for his first term in office. Almost immediately after his election victory, Trump replaced Chris Christie with Vice President-Elect Mike Pence as the director of his transition team. On Sunday, Trump named former RNC chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff is almost certainly the most powerful and influential West Wing position—aside from the Commander in Chief himself. Priebus will be responsible for overseeing crucial council for a President-Elect who has no government or military experience. Priebus will assume a pivotal role in unifying the party and minimizing the influence of the Republican sector opposed to his appointment. Many in the Republican “Tea Party” oppose Priebus because he is the epitome of an institutional Washington Republican that Trump campaigned vehemently against. Trump swore to supporters that he would “drain the swamp,” a promise that he has already pulled back on with the appointment of Priebus as Chief of Staff.
In addition to Priebus, Trump appointed Steve Bannon as his Chief Advisor. Bannon was a very controversial pick for Trump because of his history of racist remarks. In fact, the KKK and the American Nazi Party both tweeted congratulatory messages to Bannon following his appointment. After selecting Bannon, Trump still has to appoint a Secretary of State, an attorney general, a surgeon general and many other cabinet positions. Some names in consideration are Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton, Senator Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn, Chris Christie, and Dr. Ben Carson. As has been the case with Trump throughout his brief political career, his transition has been just as mysterious and unknown as his campaign. It remains to be seen how Trump will surround himself with advisors in the weeks leading up to inauguration on January 20, 2017.