Understanding Donald Trump’s top cabinet choices
LOS ANGELES, November 14, 2016 — President-elect Donald J. Trump now begins the task of building a cabinet.
On Saturday, Trump selected Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus to be his Chief of Staff. Priebus could have been allowed to stay as long as he wanted at the RNC. He is the greatest RNC Chair in Republican Party history not named Haley Barbour.
However, Priebus is wise to step down with his halo intact. 2018 could be a brutal year for Republicans. Midterm elections usually are for the party in power. Whoever replaces Priebus may unfairly take the blame for failing to stave off what could be inevitable losses.
As for the rest of the cabinet, it is very important for liberals to understand some basics about Trump’s choices.
He can hire anyone he damn well pleases. He can also fire anyone he hires whenever he damn well pleases. They are at-will employees who serve at his pleasure.
This must be pointed out because the liberal media said nothing when President Bill Clinton fired 93 United States Attorneys and FBI Director William Sessions. Yet this same liberal media went crazy when President George W. Bush fired eight US attorneys.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had it right back then. President Bush was too polite. He should have said, “They work for me. I fired them because I can. If you don’t like it, you win an election and sit in this chair.”
President Barack Obama fired agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod (based on misinformation, but we did not know that right away) and General Stanley McChrystal. Just like Clinton and Bush, Obama had every right to do so.
On executive matters, presidential prerogative must reign. The president should have wide latitude in choosing his cabinet.
There are always extreme cases where an exception can be warranted. Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was seen by many on both sides of the aisle as a truly awful individual. However, ideology or lack of gravitas must not be factors. Many Republicans find current Secretary of State John Kerry to be utterly useless and incompetent, a man lacking in skills. He was nevertheless easily confirmed because of presidential prerogative.
Liberals will trot out the nonsense that in the interest of coming together, Mr. Trump should bring in liberal Democrats. Republicans won the election. Trump should have a Republican cabinet.
With that, here are the recommendations for Donald Trump’s cabinet:
Attorney General: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (unless he wants to be head of the Department of Homeland Security)
Backups: South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, former New York prosecutor Jeanine Pirro.
Department of Homeland Security: Giuliani (unless he wants to be Attorney General)
Health & Human Services: Dr. Ben Carson
Secretary of Defense: Former Vice President Dick Cheney (a guy can dream)
Backup: Colonel Allen West, General David Petraeus (He worked for Bush and Obama, and is still the gold standard of generals and loyal to his boss of both parties)
Secretary of State: Nobody. Fire everyone.
Backup: Former United Nations Ambassador Jon Bolton, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense KT McFarland
Secretary of Education: Nobody. Shut it down.
Backup: Gingrich, Joe Clarke from “Lean on me” with his baseball bat, former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Secretary of Labor: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Secretary of Energy: Any North Dakota roughneck or West Virginia coal miner will do.
Treasury Secretary: Economist Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal editor Jason Riley, economist Larry Kudlow
FBI Director: Not Jim Comey.
Backups: Gowdy, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan
Press Secretary: Kelly Anne Conway.
Non-cabinet Supreme Court nominee: Texas Senator Ted Cruz