Before Donald Trump takes office on Inauguration Day in January, he has four thousand positions to fill in his administration.
The New York Times reports:
In an ideal scenario, his White House staff should be in place, and the 100 highest-ranking government agency officials — the cabinet, plus a range of defense, homeland security, disaster and pandemic response officials — should be ready to start work the moment Mr. Trump puts his hand on the Bible, to guard the nation from vulnerability during the transfer of power. That means their vetting and security clearances should be done and the nominees lined up for Senate confirmation. An additional 300 Senate-confirmed jobs should be filled by the start of the August congressional recess.
Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney are both potential prospects for Trump’s Secretary of State. Now, we know who else is on the frontline for this hotly contested role: General David Patraeus.
The embossed military officer has recently indicated he is willing to serve in Trump’s administration.
He served as a senior officer under Presidents Bush and Obama. He was the commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, before retiring from the military to take the top position in the Central Intelligence Agency.
Asked if he thought Mr Trump had the correct temperament to be the US President, he said: “It’s up to Americans at this point in time not only to hope that that is the case, but if they can, endeavour to help him.”
He then indicated he would personally serve under Mr Trump if asked.
“If you’re asked, you’ve got to serve – put aside any reservations based on campaign rhetoric… and figure out what’s best for the country,” he said.
“I’ve been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the Oval Office in a difficult moment, without any pleasantries, and said ‘I’m asking you as your president and Commander in Chief to take command of the international security force in Afghanistan.’
“The only response can be: ‘yes, Mr President,’” he continued.
Petraeus is a prominent military figure of prestige, a strong character who is sure to work to serve Americans in a way Clinton could never muster.
Time will tell if he will be our next Secretary of State.
If you’d like to see a full overview of positions Trump needs to fill, check out the official Plum Book, here.
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