Some of the Presidential Picks for High Office
I have been keeping score. Have You?
While there are still some nominees left to confirm, and a few high ranking appointments yet to make, the shape of the Trump Cabinet is now rather clear. There are literally thousands of empty slots that fall under the Executive Branch which sit either empty or with temporary Obama era hold overs BUT these are the ones who will be charged with filling many of those slots and, if the President allows them to, shape the vision of their departments and direct daily operations.
What follows is my list of Likely Winners, Likely Losers, and the To Be Determined. Ratings are given in the Likely Winners and Likely Losers categories are from Best (10) to Worst (1). The jury is out on the third category: To Be Determined.
My ratings are based on the their experience, knowledge, temperament, record, philosophy and vision as they relate to the position they will hold. Those in the two "Likely" Categories have enough available information for me to make a considered evaluation in which I have confidence.
As those in the To Be Determined Category perform they will be moved into either the Likely Winner or Likely Loser Category and be rated.
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK OF MY RATINGS?
What are Yours?
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster 10
Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin 10
Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao 9
Secretary of Defense James Mattis 9
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly 8
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats 8
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo 8
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross 7
Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley 7
Attorney General Jeff Sessions 3
Secretary of Health and Human Services Jeff Price 3
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson 2
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos 1
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus 4
Administrator of the Environment Protection Agency Scott Pruitt 1
Senior White House Advisor To the President Steve Bannon 1
To Be Determined
Vice President Mike Pence
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney
Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda McMahon