Former White House strategist Steve Bannon as chief of staff, Stephen Miller as attorney general, Jared Kushner as secretary of state: Axios circulated the first names of a possible future Trump administration, citing sources close to the tycoon. The key requirements will be an established loyalty and a commitment to extend the boundaries of law and governance.
Vying for vice presidents would be Congressman J.D. Vance, author of "Hillbilly Elegy" and a leading exponent of the Trumpian MAGA movement, former White House spokesperson and now Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Arizona Senate candidate Kari Lake (a 2020 election result denier) and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem.
But the former first lady would insist on former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, even though Trump's entourage said he would never choose a person who could overshadow him. Miller could be justice minister or have a role at ministerial level to shape migration policy in his second term as well, as he did in his first as a behind-the-scenes adviser. Former Pentagon adviser Kash Patel, who has excelled in Trump's war against the intelligence community, would be considered for a role in national security, potentially even at the helm of the CIA.
Running for the Pentagon is Senator Tom Cotton, a former infantry officer who wrote an op-ed in the NYT in support of the Insurrection Act's appeal to deploy the military against civil unrest. Also on track is former congressman Lee Zeldin, a former paratrooper sent to Iraq. Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a former presidential adviser in the tycoon's first term, has so far kept his distance from his father-in-law's campaign but could return to the White House as head of diplomacy, keeping his focus on the Middle East.
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