Donald Trump’s transition team announced that former presidential candidate Ben Carson had been nominated as housing secretary. “Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans,” the president-elect said in the statement. Carson had previously removed himself from the running for a cabinet position after his spokesperson said that he did not feel qualified to run a federal agency.
So far, Trump’s roster of key White House advisers and Cabinet officials could be the least experienced in recent presidential history.
Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, Reince Priebus, Trump’s chief of staff, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner who is now being discussed as a White House adviser, none of those individuals has worked in government.
Other Trump picks without any government experience are:
Steven Mnuchin. Mr. Trump has selected Mr. Mnuchin, who served as his campaign finance chairman. Mr. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, has deep roots in Hollywood and no government experience.
Wilbur Ross. Mr. Trump has selected Mr. Ross, an investor whose fortune is estimated by Forbes to be $2.9 billion. Mr. Ross has said the United States must free itself from the “bondage” of “bad trade agreements,” and has advocated threats to impose steep tariffs on China.
James N. Mattis. Mr. Trump announced at a rally that he had selected General Mattis, who led a Marine division to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and led the United States Central Command from 2010-13. General Mattis, now retired, has been a critic of the Obama administration.
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Michael T. Flynn. The New York Times describes that “many of those who observed the general’s time at the Defense Intelligence Agency described him as someone who alienated both superiors and subordinates with his sharp temperament, his refusal to brook dissent, and what his critics considered a conspiratorial worldview.”