YOU’RE HIRED: Here’s Trump’s full cabinet short list…

Lots of people have been filing in and out of Trump Tower in New York City over the past few days and the news networks have practically set up a live stream to determine who is being considered for top administration positions.

We already know of five: Reince Priebus for Chief of Staff; Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Mike Pompeo for CIA Director; Michael Flynn for National Security Advisor and Stephen Bannon for Chief Strategist.

For what it’s worth, that bastion of truthiness, the New York Times, has published its definitive short list. Suffice to say, there’s still much to be decided.

Yesterday we reported here on conflicting news of Mike Huckabee being tapped as ambassador to Israel. Look down this list and you’ll see he’s being considered for a completely different position.

The Times says its list was compiled by reporters …using information from the Trump transition team, lawmakers, lobbyists and Washington experts.

Oh right. The same “Washington experts” who said Trump had no chance of winning? Anyway, get your scorecards ready…

Secretary of State

John R. Bolton Former United States ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush
Bob Corker Senator from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Rudolph W. Giuliani Former New York mayor who campaign officials said on Tuesday is the leading contender for the job
Nikki R. Haley Governor from South Carolina
Zalmay Khalilzad Former United States ambassador to Afghanistan
Stanley A. McChrystal Former senior military commander in Afghanistan
Mitt Romney The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former governor of Massachusetts

Treasury Secretary

Thomas Barrack Jr. Founder, chairman and executive chairman of Colony Capital; private equity and real estate investor
Jeb Hensarling Representative from Texas and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee
Steven Mnuchin Former Goldman Sachs executive and Mr. Trump’s campaign finance chairman
Tim Pawlenty Former Minnesota governor

Defense Secretary

Tom Cotton Senator from Arkansas who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army infantry officer
Stephen J. Hadley National security adviser under George W. Bush
Duncan Hunter Representative from California and Marine reserve officer who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan
Jon Kyl Former senator from Arizona
James N. Mattis Retired Marine Corps general and former commander of United States Central Command

Interior Secretary

Jan Brewer Former Arizona governor
Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner
Harold G. Hamm Chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company
Forrest Lucas President of Lucas Oil Products, which manufactures automotive lubricants, additives and greases
Sarah Palin
Former Alaska governor

Agriculture Secretary

Sam Brownback Kansas governor
Chuck Conner Chief executive officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Sid Miller Texas agricultural commissioner
Sonny Perdue Former Georgia governor

Commerce Secretary

Dan DiMicco Former chief executive of Nucor Corporation, a steel production company
Lewis M. Eisenberg Private equity chief for Granite Capital International Group

Labor Secretary

Victoria A. Lipnic Equal Employment Opportunity commissioner and work force policy counsel to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce

Health and Human Services Secretary

Mike Huckabee Former Arkansas governor and 2016 presidential candidate
Bobby Jindal Former Louisiana governor who served as secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Rick Scott Florida governor and former chief executive of a large hospital chain
(although Scott has said he’d decline a position and finish out his term)

Energy Secretary

James L. Connaughton Chief executive of Nautilus Data Technologies and former environmental adviser to President George W. Bush
Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner
Harold G. Hamm Chief executive of Continental Resources, an oil and gas company

Education Secretary

Williamson M. Evers Education expert at the Hoover Institution, a think tank
(Yesterday we reported that Hillsdale College president Larry Arnn was also on the shortlist)

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Jeff Miller Retired chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee

Homeland Security Secretary

Joe Arpaio Departing sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz.
David A. Clarke Jr. Milwaukee County sheriff
Rudolph W. Giuliani Former New York mayor
Michael McCaul Representative from Texas and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee

E.P.A. Administrator

Myron Ebell A director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a prominent climate change skeptic
Robert E. Grady Gryphon Investors partner who was involved in drafting the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
Jeffrey R. Holmstead Lawyer with Bracewell L.L.P. and former deputy E.P.A. administrator in the George W. Bush administration

U.S. Trade Administrator

Dan DiMicco Former chief executive of Nucor Corporation, a steel production company, and a critic of Chinese trade practices

U.N. Ambassador

Kelly Ayotte Departing senator from New Hampshire and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee
Richard Grenell Former spokesman for the United States ambassador to the United Nations during the George W. Bush administration

Yes, *I* couldn’t help noticing there’s one particular name that didn’t show up on that list at all, but I’ll admit I’m biased. And take it all with a grain of salt. It’s from the New York Times for goodness sake.

[Note: This article was written with saltshaker in hand by Michele Hickford]

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