Donald Trump most recently tapped his former campaign adviser Donald F. McGahn as his White House counsel, adding to a growing list of names that will form his closest and most trusted advisers during his presidency.
“Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law,” Trump, 70, said in a statement on Friday, November 25. “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.”
According to NBC News, McGahn, who is a partner at Jones Day, has long had ties to the Trump family and will be responsible for making sure that the president-elect doesn’t have any conflicts of interest between his presidential duties and his business interests.
The real estate mogul also named Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland, a former Fox News analyst, as his deputy national security adviser.
On Wednesday, November 23, Trump’s former Republican opponent Dr. Ben Carson hinted via Facebook that he may actually be considering joining Trump’s presidential cabinet, just one week after bowing out because of a self-admitted lack of experience. On December 5, he was officially tapped as the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Here are all the positions that Trump has appointed so far, as well as the ones that remain to be named:
Secretary of State (nominated): Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO
White House Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Chief Strategist: Stephen Bannon, Trump’s former campaign CEO and chairman of conservative website Breitbart News.
National Security Adviser: Retired Army lieutenant general Michael Flynn.
Attorney General (nominated): U.S. senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama).
Secretary of Education (nominated): Betsy DeVos, a philanthropist and Republican donor.
CIA Director (nominated): U.S. representative Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas).
Ambassador to the U.N. (nominated): South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.
Secretary of Commerce (nominated): Wilbur Ross, billionaire investor.
Treasury Secretary (nominated): Steven Mnunhin, Wall Street executive and film producer.
Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary (nominated): Ben Carson
Other names that have been circulating around possible cabinet appointments include Carson, former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, among others.
Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is also believed to be a key player in the President-elect’s upcoming presidency.
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