Trump Admin: Take Action on Positions Requiring Senate Confirmation

A breakdown of key figures named in Trump’s White House cabinet and positions that require Senate confirmation.  Senate confirmation equates to making your voice heard by calling your Senator. And although unprecedented, calling your Rep. on key White House appointments and voicing concern is the ‘new norm’.

Let’s not let Trump lead our culture’s ‘new norm’. Source: NPR

KEY WHITE HOUSE STAFF

Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor

NO SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

A key adviser for the president in crafting messaging, an agenda and employing political tactics to see it through.

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Bannon is a 62-year-old former executive chairman of Breitbart, the right-wing news website. Bannon has bragged that the site is the “platform for the alt-right,” a movement associated with white nationalism, racism and misogyny. He served as Trump’s campaign “CEO” for the final months of the campaign and is credited with getting Trump to attack Hillary Clinton with false conspiracy theories about her health and bringing forward women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. Bannon had a stint in the U.S. Navy, worked at Goldman Sachs in the 1980s, became a Hollywood investor who made a fortune off Seinfeld reruns, and ran the secretive experimental community Biosphere 2 outside Tucson, Ariz. Bannon also faced a domestic abuse charge in 1996 and financial difficulty through the 1990s with multiple federal and state tax liens against him at the time.

Announced Nov. 13, 2016

National Security Advisor

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Principal advisor to the President on national security affairs, leads White House national security staff.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.)

Prior to advising Donald Trump during the campaign, Flynn, a registered Democrat from Rhode Island, ran the Defense Intelligence Agency. Within military circles, Flynn had been a highly respected intelligence officer serving as the top aide to Gen. Stanley McChrystal in Afghanistan. But he was a controversial, hard-charging figure, and was forced out of his job after less than two years at DIA. At Trump’s national security briefings, Flynn reportedly challenged the information the candidate was being given by his briefers. He’s been critical of Russia geopolitically in the past, he has also been criticized for financial ties to Russia after leaving DIA. He also served as a lobbyist for a firm with ties Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Announced Nov. 18, 2016

Communications Director

NO SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Oversees the President’s public agenda and promotion in the media

Press Secretary

NO SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Informs the press and public about the activities of the president.

White House Counsel

NO SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Provides principal legal advice to the president and the administration.

CABINET

Chief of Staff

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Responsible for day-to-day operations in the West Wing, and traditionally controls access to the president.

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Reince Priebus

The 44-year-old Republican National Committee chairman oversaw the party apparatus as it shored up the bare-bones Trump campaign and was a rare member of the party establishment to maintain a strong relationship with Trump through the ups and downs of 2016. Priebus has a close relationship with House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite. He’s a former corporate litigator and Wisconsin state GOP chairman.

Announced Nov. 13, 2016

Attorney General

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Primary law enforcement officer.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions

The 69-year-old Republican senator from Alabama was one of the first lawmakers to ally himself with candidate Trump. He embraces a hard-line anti-immigration platform and approach to fighting crime. Sessions is a controversial pick. His appointment to a federal judgeship was denied by the Senate in 1986 after lawyers testified he had used racially charged language, including calling the NAACP “un-American.”

Announced Nov. 18, 2016

Secretary of State

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Chief foreign affairs advisor to the president and carries out the U.S. foreign policy agenda.

Secretary of the Treasury

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Oversight of U.S. economic and financial systems.

Secretary of Defense

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Principal defense policy advisor, with authority over the U.S. military.

Secretary of the Interior

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Oversees public lands, national parks, Native American relations, mineral extraction.

Secretary of Agriculture

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Oversees agricultural economy, food safety, nutrition, rural development.

Secretary of Commerce

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Principally charged with promoting American business and industry.

Secretary of Labor

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Secretary of Health and Human Services

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Secretary of Transportation

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Secretary of Energy

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Secretary of Education

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Secretary of Homeland Security

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Office of Management and Budget Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

U.S. Trade Representative

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Ambassador to the United Nations

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Administrator of Small Business Administration

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

SUB-CABINET POSITIONS

Central Intelligence Agency Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

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Rep. Mike Pompeo

The 52-year-old congressman from Kansas was a visible member of the House investigation into Benghazi. He graduated from West Point, served as an Army officer and attended Harvard Law School before working as an executive in aerospace manufacturing and the oil industry.

Announced Nov. 18, 2016

FEMA Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Director of National Intelligence

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

National Security Agency Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Federal Housing Administrator

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

NOAA Administrator

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Transportation Security Administrator

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Bureau of Land Management Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

National Park Service Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

National Institutes of Health Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Food and Drugs Commissioner

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director

SENATE CONFIRMATION NEEDED