Trumps New Cabinet



President-elect Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with General James Mattis (R) at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. (Aude Guerrucci/Sipa USA/TNS)

As Donald Trump settles into the Oval Office, many are curious to see how well his campaign promise to “drain the swamp”, or to rid the government of corrupt and dishonest politicians, holds up. To see how this is going, one can first look to the new president’s cabinet appointees.

Secretary of State

The position of Secretary of State was given to Rex W. Tillerson, former chief executive of Exxon Mobil. Many have concerns with this because of Tillerson’s ties with Russia.

Secretary of Interior

The new Interior Secretary of the United States is former Montana representative, senator and 23-year Navy SEAL veteran Ryan Zinke.

Secretary of Energy

Former Texas governor Rick Perry has taken over the position of Secretary of Energy. Perry proposed ending the Department of Energy in 2011.

Secretary of Homeland Security

This position now belongs to retired four-star marine general and former Commander of the United States Southern Command, John F. Kelly.

Secretary of Defense

Former Marine general James N. Mattis is the new Secretary of Defense. Mattis was a marine general during the invasion of Iraq and led the U.S. central command from 2010-2013.

Secretary of Treasury

Trump’s choice for Secretary of Treasury is former Goldman Sachs executive Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin served as Trump’s campaign finance chairman, but has never held a government position.

Secretary of Commerce

Wealthy investor Wilbur Ross, who is known for assisting distressed and failing companies, including Trump’s three casinos in Atlantic City, is the U.S. Commerce Secretary. Ross has threatened to impose tariffs on Chinese goods.

Secretary of Education

Trump plans to shrink the education department, and appointed former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party Betsy DeVos to be its secretary. Devos is a firm believer in school choice.

C.I.A. Director

Former Kansas representative and army officer Mike Pompeo, who was a strong critic of Hillary Clinton while she was under investigation involving the attack in Benghazi, is the new C.I.A. director.

Attorney General

Former Alabama senator Jeff Sessions serves as the nation’s Attorney General. Sessions believes in strict immigration enforcement, measures that are tough on crime and less government spending.

E.P.A. Administrator

Although Trump has vowed to bring an end to the E.P.A., he appointed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to be its new administrator. Pruitt is an advocate for the fossil fuel industry.