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Donald Trump’s administration: the key players

Who will join Donald Trump in the White House?Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press/File 2016

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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.CAROLYN KASTER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Betsy DeVos, secretary of education

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, 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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epa05653558 Steven Mnuchin arrives at Trump Tower, where President-elect Donald Trump lives and has an office, in New York, New York, USA, 30 November 2016. Steven Mnuchin is expected to be announced as Secretary of the Treasury of the United States of America. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT

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.”

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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.

Dr. Ben CarsonGerald Herbert/AP/file 2016

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.

Retired general James Mattis.Brendan Smialowski/The New York Times/file 2010

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.


Retired general John Kelly.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP/file 2016

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.

Rex Tillerson.Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency/file 2011

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 governor Rick Perry.Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

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.

Vincent Viola.J. Pat Carter/AP/file 2013

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.Evan Vucci/AP

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.