Donald Trump's cabinet picks: Who's who?

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Donald Trump


The real estate mogul, businessman, pageant owner, and former reality-TV personality survived not only the fallout from his populist rhetorical outbursts during the campaign, but also revelations dating back decades involving racism, sexual harassment, and tax avoidance, among others.

Mike Pence

Vice President

The Indiana governor, who previously served as chair of the House Republican Conference, is known for his staunch opposition to abortion and controversial views on LGBT rights.


Reince Priebus

Chief of Staff

The Republican National Committee chairman, who has never held public office, is known to be close to House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Stephen Bannon

Chief Strategist

The controversial right-wing media figure and former Goldman Sachs banker, who helped transform the Breitbart news site into a leading mouthpiece of the Republican Party's anti-establishment far-right wing, has regularly been accused of xenophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny.

Michael Flynn

National Security Adviser

The retired army lieutenant-general, who served as Trump’s national security adviser for less than a month, resigned after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US. Retired lieutenant-general Joseph K Kellogg Jr, a Vietnam War veteran, has been appointed as acting national security adviser.


Steven Mnuchin

Secretary of the Treasury

The Wall Street insider made a fortune working for Goldman Sachs and later founded a successful movie production company.

General James Mattis

Secretary of Defense

The retired Marine Corps general, who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, is an outspoken critic of the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran and its Middle East policy, in general.

Jeff Sessions

Attorney General

Sessions is known as one of the most right-wing and anti-immigration senators. In 1986, his nomination by Ronald Reagan to be a federal judge was rejected by Congress after several attorneys testified that he had made racist comments.

Wilbur Ross

Secretary of Commerce

The billionaire investor, known as the "king of bankruptcy" due to his penchant for buying distressed companies, in sectors like coal and steel, and flipping them for a profit, has previously invested in troubled banks in England, Greece and Cyprus.

Tom Price

Secretary of Health and Human Services

The six-term Georgia congressman and orthopaedic surgeon is an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare reforms.

Elaine Chao

Secretary of Transportation

The Taiwan-born Washington insider who previously led the labour department under President George W Bush has also served as deputy secretary of transportation and director of the Peace Corps. Since 2011, Chao has sat on the board of Wells Fargo.

Betsy DeVos

Secretary of Education

The Michigan Republican Party chairwoman - who has campaigned for publicly funded charter schools to be set up by teachers, parents, or community groups outside the state-school system - once described Trump as "an interloper".

Ben Carson

Housing Secretary

The retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate later became Trump's most high-profile African American supporter, after losing the Republican primary. Carson is also an outspoken advocate of creationism.

Scott Pruitt

Head of EPA

Scott Pruitt, Head of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Oklahoma attorney general, who received more than $270,000 in donations from the oil and gas industry in the past, is a climate change denier.

Rex Tillerson

Secretary of State

Texan CEO of the world's biggest oil and gas company by value, Exxon, has met President Vladimir Putin several times and received a Russian state honour in 2013.

Linda McMahon

Head of Small Business Administration

The co-founder and former chief of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), who unsuccessfully ran for a Senate seat in her home state of Connecticut twice, donated $7m to Trump's presidential campaign.

General John Kelly

Head of Homeland Security

The retired Marine Corps general, whose son was killed in combat in Afghanistan, was once responsible for US military activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including the controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Rick Perry

Energy Secretary

The former governor of Texas, who once said he wanted to dismantle the Department of Energy, believes that the established science of human-caused climate change is a "contrived, phony mess".

Sonny Perdue

Secretary of Agriculture

The former Georgia governor, who campaigned heavily for Trump in the final months of the presidential race, once led several hundred people in a prayer for rain, asking God to forgive Georgia for being wasteful with its water.

Ryan Zinke

Secretary of Interior

The Montana Congressman and former Navy Seal, who sits on the House Natural Resources Committee, previously campaigned for achieving North American energy independence.

Mick Mulvaney

Office of Management and Budget

The South Carolina Congressman, who is a fierce advocate of deep spending cuts, has long been critical of the Republican establishment and was one of the earliest backers of Donald Trump.

Andrew Puzder

Secretary of Labor

The chief executive of CKE Restaurants, who supports increased automation in the workplace, is an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration.

David Shulkin

Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs

The head of the veteran’s healthcare system, who doubled the amount of healthcare that veterans receive through private doctors during his tenure, will be the first VA secretary who never served in the military.


Nikki Haley

United States Mission to the UN

The Indian-American South Carolina governor, who was highly critical of Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigrants, came to prominence last year by removing the Confederate flag from her state's capitol building.

Mike Pompeo

Central Intelligence Agency Director

The Kansas representative in Congress has defended the National Security Agency’s surveillance programme and called whistle-blower Edward Snowden a “traitor”. He also insisted that the Guantanamo Bay detention facility must remain open.

Jared Kushner


Ivanka Trump's husband has been named to serve as an unpaid adviser to his father-in-law. He will resign from his post in his family's real estate company and as publisher of the New York Observer before entering the administration.

Sean Spicer

Press Secretary

The political strategist, who has been communications director of the Republican National Committee since 2011 and chief strategist since 2015, was once critical of Donald Trump’s comments about immigrants and Senator John McCain.

Dan Coats

Director of National Intelligence

The former Indiana Senator, who also served as an ambassador to Germany, was banned from Russia in 2014 as part of the Kremlin’s response to US and European sanctions for its actions in Ukraine.

Robert Lighthizer

US Trade Representative

The lawyer who served as deputy trade representative under Ronald Reagan, has previously accused China of unfair trade practices.

Ivanka Trump

Adviser to president Trump

Trump’s eldest daughter has been present at many of the President’s meetings since inauguration. She is now an unpaid advisor with an office in the West Wing of the White House.