Donald Trump is the favorite to win the Republican nomination. And with the growing legal troubles of Hillary Clinton and the leftist extremism of Bernie Sanders, he may well be the favorite for the presidency, too. And so, it’s not too early to start considering whom he might choose for his Cabinet.
Well, it’s probably a little early. But it’s fun. So, without further adieu, here are LifeZette’s choices for the Cabinet of President Donald Trump.
Vice President – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas
Cruz is the obvious VP pick for Trump. Despite recent on-stage sparring, the two share the most in common out of the current GOP field in terms of anti-establishment positions and ability to channel populist fury. A Cruz VP pick would be a clear statement that the power of the Establishment is dead once and for all. And it will reassure any conservatives worried that Trump’s past left-of-center positions might creep back up on him.
Secretary of State – Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
Portman gained extensive experience at the negotiating table as U.S. Trade Representative for George W. Bush. Though an Establishment figure who has supported international trade deals, he is a good solider who will implement the agenda he is given. Smart, hard working, and an expert at cultivating relationships, Portman would make a first-class Secretary of State for just about any Republican president.
Secretary of Treasury – Larry Kudlow
Kudlow is a well known economist who is currently a senior contributor at CNBC. He also served in Ronald Reagan’s administration and was instrumental in helping shape Reagan’s economic policy. Kudlow has been a defender of Trump’s tax policy and has said that he will continue to defend it, making him a good fit for Secretary of the Treasury.
Secretary of Defense – Gen. James Mattis
Retired Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis served as commander of the U.S. Central Command, commander of U.S. Join Forces Command, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, and also authored the U.S. counter-insurgency strategy. Known for his vocal criticisms of the Obama administration and colorful language, the General’s style is a perfect match for Trump’s. Take this little gem, which he said in 2003 after he led the Marine invasion into Iraq: “I come in peace. I didn’t bring artillery. But I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: if you f—- with me, I’ll kill you all.”
Attorney General – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Chris Christie is the ideal candidate for AG in a Trump administration. His stellar record as U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, as well as his counter-terrorism experience, leave him more than prepared for the job. A Justice Department under Christie would focus on keeping Americans safe, unlike the Obama’s Justice Department under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, who used the department to pursue politicized cases and took every opportunity to stoke racial division in the country.
Secretary of Homeland Security – Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Though his conservatism is needed in the Senate, Jeff Sessions’ tireless dedication to keeping Americans safe from terrorism makes him an easy choice for Secretary of Homeland Security. More than any sitting Senator, Sessions seems to have the best grasp of the threat posed to Americans by events in the Middle East and Europe, as made clear by his emotional denouncement of Obama’s refugee plan on the Senate floor in November 2015.
Secretary of Interior – Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts
Prior to assuming the Nebraska governorship, Ricketts held many leadership positions at Ameritrade. He serves as a director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation and as vice chairman of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. He has been an advocate for policies that grow the biofuel industry – Trump is an ethanol backer – and has been a leader when it comes to our nation’s energy policies.
Secretary of Commerce – Mark Cuban
Billionaire entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban knows how to make money and run a successful business. He has also praised Trump for the effect the mogul is having on Republican politics. His libertarian leanings will please the GOP base.
Secretary of Labor – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Few Republicans have a record as strong as Scott Walker when it comes to understanding labor relations. As governor of Wisconsin, Walker broke Big Labor’s back, giving workers back their freedom, and bringing economic choice and growth back to his state. Trump might give Walker the opportunity to do the same for the country.
Secretary of Health and Human Services – Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.
As senator, Rubio has been one of the leaders in the fight to dismantle Obamacare. At HHS, he can make reversing President Obama’s signature program is singular task. Besides, he’ll be leaving the Senate in 2016, and will need a job.
Secretary of Transportation – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez
New Mexico Governor Martinez is a rising star as the first female Hispanic governor of any state. As governor she has been largely successful, closing a record-size structural deficit, selling the luxury jet that had been used by the former governor, and cracking down illegal immigration. Additionally, when she was a district attorney, she banned corrupt contractors from doing business with the state.
FBI Director – Rudy Giuliani
Okay, the FBI director isn’t in the Cabinet, but we thought in the age of terror this was an important enough appointment to be included here. Former New York City Mayor Giuliani was tough on terrorism after his city fell victim to the horrific September 11 attacks. He also has a strong record of “being tough” on crime in New York City during his tenure as mayor and when he served as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As mayor, he made significant improvements in reducing the rates of violent crime.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Ohio Gov. John Kasich
As a governor of a state with many urban areas, Kasich has experience dealing with city issues. His dynamic personality and his detailed knowledge of policy puts him in a strong position to devise conservative solutions to problems plaguing America’s urban areas.
Secretary of Energy – Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
Every president has a member of the opposite Party in his Cabinet, and for Trump, Manchin could be it. Manchin currently serves on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He believes, much like Trump, that America needs to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. He has consistently challenged the overreach of the Environmental Protection Agency and has made sure to hold them accountable. He also serves as the ranking chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy.
Secretary of Education – Newt Gingrich
Gingrich has been an advocate for significantly shrinking the Department of Education noting that it imposes too many regulations. He has also defended the rights of every parent in America to decide where to send their children to school, whether it be public, private, parochial, or homeschool. When it comes to permitting prayer in public schools, he has been a vocal supporter.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs – General Jack Keane
General Keane is a retired four-star general and previously served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army. He has also spoken out on the recent VA scandal saying, “Something is fundamentally wrong, and it certainly needs addressing. We need to review the entire VA system to see if the 21st (century) VA system, this wonderful enterprise that we have, truly has the capacity to meet our veteran’s needs.”
Surgeon General – Ben Carson
Neurosurgeon Ben Carson would be the ideal Surgeon General for the United States, given his “gifted hands” and extraordinary medical genius. At the age of 33, he was named the director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins—making him the youngest U.S. physician to hold such a position.
Secretary of Agriculture – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad
Branstad is the longest serving governor in United States History. As governor of a farm state, he is a natural choice for the Ag department. He recognizes the importance of rural farm towns and is known for his fiscal conservatism and fostering economic growth.
United States Trade Representative – Carly Fiorina
Former Hewlett Packard CEO, Carly Fiorina has extensive business experience and is certainly a strong negotiator. She has called out the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, saying that it is a “mess” and that she is “uncomfortable” with it. Fiorina is a believer in free and fair trade advantages, but recognizes that partnering countries can cheat on deals—specifically China.
United Nations Ambassador – Eric Trump
Trump is a respected top executive in the Trump Organization, tasked with expanding the company’s domestic and real estate holdings. But his most important qualification is his last name. No doubt, the egocentric Trump will engage in a little nepotism, and Eric could well fit the bill while his older sister Ivanka holds down the fort back at the family business. At the UN, he would serve mainly as a spokesman for U.S. foreign policy. And he wouldn’t have to move out of New York City.
EPA Director – Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.
No appointment would drive liberals crazier than that of James Inhofe to be EPA director. Inhofe, who chairs the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, has questioned man-made global warming, bringing a snowball not the Senate floor last year and hurling it before criticizing environmentalists for touting global warming amid cold weather. He’s a strong backer of fracking and an opponent of many Obama EPA initiatives.
OMB Director – Jim DeMint
Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint serves as the president of the Heritage Foundation. He has a reputation as one of the most principled conservative leaders and a long history of working on reforms to entitlements, healthcare, ending congressional earmarks. He has been a long-time advocate of tax reform and abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. While serving in the Senate, he prioritized a balanced budget amendment and opposed increasing the national debt limit.