The election just ended and the new president doesn’t even take office until Jan. 20. But the transition planning starts now.
Who’s going to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state? His chief of staff? His education secretary? Now that the news of Trump’s election has settled, speculation over how the president-elect will fill out his administration has consumed Washington.
Keeping in mind the truism that nobody who knows is talking, and those who are talking don’t really know, here are some of the names being floated, leaked and speculated about.
Let’s start with chief of staff, a key position that will influence the filling of many others. The name of Reince Priebus, currently chairman of the Republican National Committee, has often been mentioned. Priebus was a steady backer of Trump, when many in the party establishment wanted nothing to do with the brash businessman, and put the party’s apparatus behind Trump’s campaign.