Trump Administration

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The Trump Administration consists of the leadership of the executive branch of the United States government under the presidency of Donald Trump.

The Trump Administration officially began with President Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017. Unofficially, it began immediately after the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, as the next president of the United States. Due to the Obamagate controversy, Trump was never able to enjoy the traditional "honeymoon" afforded to most new presidents during their first 100 days by opposition media and critics.

The first persons hired to lead the Trump Administration were conservative Steve Bannon, as chief strategist and senior counselor to the president, and pro-establishment Reince Priebus, as chief of staff. The hiring of Priebus disappointed many of Trump's supporters who hoped that he would still "drain the swamp" – shrink the federal government – rather than rely on insiders to perpetuate the status quo. Eventually, many of the establishment figures, such as H.R. McMaster, Gary Cohn, and John F. Kelly were fired and replaced with more conservative officials.

Senate confirmations

Crossing the swamp by John McNoughton, 2018. [1]

By October 2017, U.S. Senate confirmations for Trump Administration nominations were proceeding at a very slow pace because of obstruction by anti-Trump Democrats.[1]

White House staff

This is an incomplete table of several White House staff positions of more high-profile members. Note: staff members work inside the White House in close proximity to the president, most all do not require Senate approval, and are not outside department or agency heads. They are the President's personal staff, and most do not hold cabinet rank with few exceptions, notably Senior Advisor Kushner, Chief of Staff Kelly, and National Security Advisor McMaster. Cabinet members, as most all staff as well, must go through the Chief of staff to gain access to the President.

Numerous positions held in previous White Houses remain unreported or unfilled. Some unfilled positions may be by design, and an effort to pare down the size of the staff.

While the First Lady of the United States has an Office and staff budget, including a Chief of Staff and Press Secretary, Melania Trump has been reluctant to assume a bureaucratic role. The President's daughter Ivanka Trump, who was delegated authority by the President-elect to hire White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, works as an unpaid Presidential Assistant with her own chief of staff.

Senior staff have the title Assistant to the President, second-level staff have the title of "Deputy Assistant to the President", and third-level staff have the title of "Special Assistant to the President".

White House Office member
Office of the Chief of Staff
White House Chief of staff Mick Mulvaney
Senior Advisor for Strategic Planning Jared Kushner
Senior Advisor for Policy Stephen Miller
Assistant to the President Ivanka Trump
Assistant to the President Julie Radford
Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway
Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations
Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Implementation
White House Counsel office
White House counsel Pat Cipollone
Deputy White House counsel
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate counsel James Burnham
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate counsel Uttam Dhillon[2]
Special Assistant to the President and Associate counsel Michael Ellis
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Associate counsel for compliance Scott Gast[3]
Special counsel to the President and chief of staff to the White House counsel Ann Donaldson
NSC staff
National Security Advisor John Bolton[4]
Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman
Assistant to the President for Homeland Security And Counterterrorism and Deputy National Security Advisor
Deputy National Security Advisor for the Western Hemisphere
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy
National Security Council director of intelligence Linda Weissgold[5]
National Security Council legal adviser Micael Ellis
Senior National Security Advisor for the Middle East
Deputy National Security Advisor for the Middle East Joel Rayburn
Senior Director for Europe and Russia Fiona Hill
Director for Strategy
Deputy Assistant to the President
Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt[6]
National Economic Council (NEC)
Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow
Deputy Assistant for international economic affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council
Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy
Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro
Office of Legislative Affairs
Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Amy Swonger
Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and House Liaison Bethany Scully
Deputy Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs and Senate Liaison Virginia Boney
Special Assistant to the President and Policy Special Assistant Andy Koenig
Deputy Director of Nominations Mary Elizabeth Taylor
Office of Political Affairs
Assistant to the President and Director of Political Affairs Bill Stepien
Office of Cabinet Affairs
Deputy Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary Bill McGinley
Office of the Staff Secretary[7]
Assistant to the President and Staff Secretary
Office of Communications
Communications Director
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Director of Strategic Communications
Director of Social Media Dan Scavino
Advisor for policy, strategy, and speechwriting Vincent Haley
Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs
Assistant to the President and Director for the Office of Public Liaison George Sifakis
Director of Communications
Office of Presidential Personnel
Director of Presidential Personnel John DeStefano

See also

References

  1. Morrongiello, Gabby (October 8, 2017). Trump allies worry new Cabinet-level vacancies will go unfilled for months. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 8, 2017.
  2. Formerly chief oversight counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee.
  3. formerly Investigative Counsel to the Office of Congressional Ethics
  4. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/mcmaster-has-the-islamophobes-worried-good-214815
  5. Replaced Ezra Cohen-Watnick. Weissgold assisted in writing Benghazi video talking points for Susan Rice. Cohen-Watnick was House Intl Committee chair Devin Nunes White House contact. http://www.jta.org/2017/04/14/news-opinion/politics/meet-ezra-cohen-watnick-the-nsc-aide-who-reportedly-leaked-intel-to-back-trump-tapping-claims
  6. http://abovethelaw.com/2017/04/the-trump-white-house-lawyers-how-much-are-they-worth-part-2/?rf=1
  7. John Podesta, David Gergen, Richard Darman, Harriet Miers, Jon Huntsman, Sr., and Andrew Goodpaster all worked in this office at one point in their careers.