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Donald Trump’s administration: the key players

Who will join Donald Trump in the White House?

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Who will join Donald Trump in the White House?

A look at who will be part of President-elect Trump’s administration:

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 Reince Priebus, chief of staff: A close ally of House Speaker Paul Ryan, Priebus has been Republican National Committee chairman since 2011. He pushed back on criticism of the Trump campaign and helped bridge the gap between the establishment and antiestablishment (led by Trump) wings of the party.

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 Stephen Bannon, chief strategist and senior counsel: Bannon formerly was executive chairman of the conservative media outlet Breitbart News. He’s been critical of GOP establishment types, such as Priebus. He has worked in investment banking and after 9/11 was the driving force behind films about Republican icons. Bannon’s ties to “white nationalists,” as Senator Edward Markey put it, have prompted calls for him to be removed from the post.

Defense Intelligence Agency director U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats" in Washington February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, national security adviser: Flynn, who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, has advised Trump on national security issues for months. As national security adviser, he would work in the White House and have frequent access to the president. The post does not require Senate confirmation.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an advisor to U.S. President Elect Donald Trump, speaks to members of the Media in the lobby of Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Senator Jeff Sessions, attorney general: The Republican from Alabama was a close adviser to President-elect Trump during the campaign and has advocated for a crackdown on undocumented immigrants. In 1986, he had been considered for a federal judgeship, but allegations of racism emerged, which Sessions denied.

 In this photo taken Oct. 16, 2015, Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to a Trump official, Pompeo to be nominated for CIA director. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Representative Mike Pompeo, CIA director:

Pompeo is a conservative Republican and a fierce critic of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

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President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.

Betsy DeVos, secretary of education

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Betsy DeVos is a conservative activist and billionaire philanthropist who has pushed forcefully for private school voucher programs nationwide.

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Tom Price.

Tom Price, secretary of health and human services

Tom Price, a Republican Congressman from Georgia, physician, and opponent of the Affordable Care Act, has been tapped to lead the Department of Health and Human Services.

Steven Mnuchin.

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Steven Mnuchin, secretary of treasury

Mnuchin, 53, was the national finance chairman for Trump’s campaign. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he became a partner, before creating his own hedge fund, moving to the West Coast and entering the first rank of movie financiers by bankrolling hits like the “X-Men” franchise and “Avatar.”

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 29: Wilbur Ross, President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Commerce Secretary, wears a 'Make America Great Again Hat' as he speaks briefly to reporters at Trump Tower, November 29, 2016 in New York City. President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Wilbur Ross.

Wilbur Ross, secretary of commerce

The billionaire investor is known as the “king of bankruptcy” for buying, restructuring, and selling off steelmakers and other fading industrial companies. Ross was also a major contributor to the Trump campaign.

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, former Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson speaks before Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's arrival at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. President-elect Donald Trump chose Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Trump's decision, announced early Monday, Dec. 5, by his transition office at Trump Tower in New York, comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of interviews, meetings with aides and other sessions aimed at forming his administration. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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Dr. Ben Carson

Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of housing and urban development

A retired neurosurgeon, Carson has often recounted his childhood as the son of a single mother in inner-city Detroit in his books and motivational speeches. He had also sought the Republican presidential nomination but dropped out of the race in March and supported Trump. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a Boston-based group focused on regional collaboration and growth, said Carson’s personal rags-to-riches story is not enough to qualify him for the position.

FILE � Gen. James Mattis at his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, July 27, 2010. President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Mattis as his pick for secretary of defense. (Brendan Smialowski/The New York Times)

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Retired general James Mattis.

Retired Marine general James Mattis, secretary of defense

With the nickname of “Mad Dog,” Mattis has a reputation as a battle-hardened, tough-talking Marine who was entrusted with some of the most challenging commands in the US military. He will require a congressional waiver to accept the post since he has not been out of uniform for the required seven years.

In this photo taken Jan. 8, 2016, Gen. John Kelly speaks to reporters during a briefing at the Pentagon. President-elect Donald Trump is tapping another four-star military officer for his administration. He has picked Kelly to lead the Homeland Security Department, according to people close to the transition. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Retired general John Kelly.

Retired Marine general John F. Kelly, secretary of homeland security

The Brighton native, who led the United States Southern Command, had a 40-year career in the Marine Corps, and led troops in intense combat in western Iraq. In 2003, he became the first Marine colonel since 1951 to be promoted to brigadier general while in active combat. His son, Lieutenant Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in 2010 after stepping on a mine while leading a platoon in Afghanistan.

epa05673726 (FILE) A file picture dated 12 May 2011 shows Exxon Mobile CEO and Chairman Rex Tillerson appearing before the Senate Finance Committee hearing on 'Oil and Gas Tax Incentives and Rising Energy Prices', on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA. According to reports on 13 December 2016, Tillerson was confirmed for the post of US Secretary of State as US President-elect Donald Trump continued to fill in key positions in his new administration. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

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Rex Tillerson.

Rex Tillerson, secretary of state

Trump praised the ExxonMobil CEO as “among the most accomplished business leaders and international deal makers in the world.” Tillerson’s close ties with Russia and Putin, however, have raised concerns, including among Senate Republicans, about his suitability for the office.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry leaves after a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower December 12, 2016 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images

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Former Texas governor Rick Perry.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry, secretary of energy

Perry is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward oil and other fossil fuels that he championed in Texas. He was a harsh critic of Trump, even calling the billionaire businessman a ‘‘cancer to conservatism,’’ but Perry lasted only three months in the race for the 2016 nomination before dropping out. The 66-year-old famously forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate.

FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2013 file photo, Vincent Viola talks to the media about the future of the Florida Panthers during a press conference in Sunrise, Fla. President-elect Donald J. Trump has picked Viola as secretary of the Army. Viola is the founder of several businesses, including Virtu Financial, an electronic trading firm, and owns the National Hockey League�s Florida Panthers. He is a past chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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Vincent Viola.

Wall Street executive Vincent Viola, secretary of army

Viola, founder of Virtu Financial and a former chair of the New York Mercantile Exchange, is a 1977 graduate of West Point. After school, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and later served in the 101st Airborne Division, according to the campaign.

David Shulkin, the Under Secretary of Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs, leaves a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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David Shulkin.

VA undersecretary David Shulkin, secretary of veterans affairs

Trump’s pick was announced Jan. 11, ending a protracted search for a secretary for the second-largest federal agency and makes Shulkin the first VA leader who is not a veteran. Scott Brown, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate from 2010 to 2013, had been considered for the position.

Wire service material was used in this report.
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