- The Washington Times - Friday, November 11, 2016


I’ll just say this for starters: I have no idea who President-elect Donald Trump will chose for his Cabinet. Many names have been bantered around by the press, some may come to fruition, others not. Regardless, here are my two cents on what I believe would be an unstoppable Trump administration:

Department of Homeland Security: Texas Rep. Mike McCaul

Mr. McCaul, who is head of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been an avid Trump supporter and has the experience to take on the agency he’s been overseeing. In his speech at the Republican National Convention this summer, Mr. McCaul said Mr. Trump’s presidency would “shake the ground” terrorists walk on and has criticized President Barack Obama’s policy on the Islamic State as being tone-deaf. He has a strong position on Russia, telling Mr. Trump they are “no friends of ours,” and has been at the forefront in calling for increased cybersecurity measures.

Defense: Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions

Mr. Sessions — who has supported Mr. Trump from the beginning — served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve for 13 years and currently sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Being a veteran on Capitol Hill, he can navigate the political waters of the Pentagon better than, say, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, whose name is also being floated.

Attorney General: South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy

Mr. Gowdy is a smart-as-a-whip, experienced former prosecutor. He led the Benghazi Committee and would be an inspired choice.

NSA Director: Retired Rep. Mike Rogers

The former Michigan Representative and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is already helping Mr. Trump’s transition team on national security issues. He is experienced in the delicate art of handling classified material and navigating the dangerous political waters of dark intelligence gathering.

CIA Chief: Michael Hayden

So the former director of the NSA has said Mr. Trump “doesn’t fit into the intelligence picture.” OK, Mr. Hayden, guide him. It’s time to put our country ahead of your own personal grievances and step up to the task — no one has more experience in the intelligence community than you. Plus, there’s always a natural friction between the CIA and the White House — it’s a perfect match.

Secretary of State: John Bolton

The former U.N. official under George W. Bush has the foreign policy chops for the job. He’s measured, calm and wise — critical components to being our nation’s top diplomat.

HHS: Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

If the first task on hand is to repeal and replace Obamacare, no one is more up to the task than Mr. Jindal, who is considered a health policy wonk. At 24 years old, he was appointed secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and went on to serve as an adviser to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Yes, he had harsh words for Mr. Trump early on in the GOP primary — but it was out of desperation of losing. Time to mend fences.

Surgeon General: Ben Carson

An actual surgeon as surgeon general. How perfect.

Treasury: Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling

Nobody knows better on how to dismantle Dodd-Frank than the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. He doesn’t seem too thrilled about it though, telling CNBC Friday that he was better suited to serve Mr. Trump on Capitol Hill. Side note: JP Morgan Chief Jamie Dimon would be a disaster. Please, no.

Labor: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

Take on the unions, please.

Agriculture: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry

He probably needs to go somewhere. He’s been a good Trump solider.

Commerce: ?

Bring in an outsider. I’ll leave this one up to Mr. Trump

Press Secretary: Kellyanne Conway

She was unflappable on the press circuit — always pleasant, always an advocate. When the mainstream media wanted to eat her alive, she wouldn’t let them, turning the page reasonably and calmly. Mr. Trump’s best surrogate and speaker.

Chief of Staff: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

This man is a bulldog whose had Mr. Trump’s back. He can’t get a Cabinet position, because after Bridgegate, he could never get confirmed. Mr. Christie understands the law, is loyal and is a fighter. You want him on your side if you’re a political novice.

And for good measure …

Supreme Court pick: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
He’s a strict constitutionalist, who I believe could get confirmed in the court because no one wants him in the Senate.

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