As President-elect Trump gets to work, filling out his cabinet a top priority

David Hawkings, Senior Editor at CQ Roll, says who Trump picks for his cabinet will set the tone for his presidency.
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - President-elect Donald Trump is getting to work. Trump made his way to Washington Thursday to meet with President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). As one of his first moves, Trump has to figure out who he plans to have by his side in his new administration.

There has been plenty of speculation as to who he might call on, but no one knows for sure.

"We haven’t yet heard from Donald Trump what kind of tone or visual or experience level he wants out of his cabinet," said David Hawkings, a Senior Editor at CQ Roll Call.

Hawkings says the choices Trump makes for the cabinet will set the tone for what the American people can expect out of a Trump presidency.

"If you pick a cabinet that is just your closest friends and associates, that sets one tone," said Hawkings. "If you pick a cabinet that reaches out to different constituencies that didn’t necessarily support you during the election, that sets a different tone."

Hawkings expects a few obvious names to be on the Trump team, like Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

"Enough senior people had sort of kept their distance from him that the roster of people that you immediately think of when you think of how he would populate his inner-cabinet circle isn’t that long," said Hawkings.

And it is not just the cabinet Trump needs to fill. Hawkings says he will have more than 4,000 political appointments to make.

"He may conclude that this job is as big as it is, and that he’s going to need to expand his circle fast," said Hawkings.

Hawkings expects the Senate to hold hearings on these appointments first thing in January, having them ready to go for Trump’s first day at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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