Let’s fast forward to January 21, 2017. Donald Trump, in the most improbable presidential election ever, was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States a day earlier. Today is his first full day as President, and we get a glimpse of what the Trump presidency looks like.
The Republicans retained their majority in the House of Representatives, but the Democrats managed to gain control of the Senate 51 to 49. Democrats around the country are wringing their hands, and mainstream Republicans who kept their distance from Trump during the campaign are lining up to say, “We didn’t really mean it, Donald.”
The major players in Trump’s presidency
So, what would a Trump presidency look like? Eric Trump recently speculated on the makeup of his father’s Cabinet:
"You have to have the best people, and you have to put those people in charge, and those people have to be the best at what they do, and that’s going to be my father’s message. If we’re going to have the biggest deals in the world, which are trade deals, why not have the best guys negotiate this? Why not have the Carl Icahns or the top guys of Wall Street? It’s why they’re worth millions and billions of dollars. It’s because they’re tough and they’re shrewd.
You’ll probably see a lot of people who are outside traditional Washington, D.C. The people who are in there right now haven’t exactly done this country wonders." — Eric Trump – The Hill July 22, 2016
Donald Trump is a man who values loyalty and, as President, he would likely pick people who have been supportive of him. Let’s take a look at some potential names:
Secretary of State: Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn) is considered the front runner for the most public Cabinet post. Corker is the Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Secretary of Defense: Army Lt. Gen. Michal Flynn was rumored to be on Trump’s short list for Vice President and would be a natural fit to head DOD.
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Dr. Ben Carson would be a popular choice among conservatives for this post. Carson threw his support to Trump after he dropped out of the GOP primaries and was active on the campaign trail.
Attorney General: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) are considered the favorites for this critical post that would roll back many of Obama’s domestic initiatives. Christie was a former U.S. Attorney.
Homeland Security: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani would be Trump’s first choice for this critical position.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has said that Trump has offered him a key role in a Trump administration. Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin could also appear in a pivotal role, as she remains very popular with the conservative wing.
There has been speculation that Trump might release a list of potential cabinet names before the election, just as he did for his Supreme Court nominees. However, that could run afoul of an obscure federal law which prohibits a candidate from making promises to procure support for their candidacy.
The real power will be his three adult children
The real power players in a Trump While House would be his three adult children, Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka. The federal anti-nepotism statute would prevent Trump from naming any of his children to official positions, but that does not mean they would lack influence within a Trump administration. Many see Trump’s daughter Ivanka as being a moderate and powerful voice who would be a bridge to Democrats.
Like many of my fellow millennials, I do not consider myself categorically Republican or Democrat. — Ivanka Trump – GOP convention speech
In her GOP convention speech introducing her father, Ivanka “sounded like a Democrat,” according to an article in Vanity Fair. Ivanka spoke of fixing the wage gap, enhancing maternal leave and the importance of empathy for others.
Trump would be a unique President
Don Jr. and Eric would serve as Trump’s close advisors and all of the children would likely have their own rooms in the White House, but it would not become their primary residence. Trump has said that if elected he would probably put his companies in a blind trust, which would most likely be run by his children.
"My children have become very good at what they are doing. It’s a very big business, but they will be able to run it. And I think they’d run it very well." — Donald J. Trump – USA Today
If elected, there is no doubt that Donald Trump will be a unique American president. It’s safe to say, there’s never been anyone quite like Donald Trump that’s has gotten this close to the White House.