Thanks to constant repetition by the candidate, one of the campaign applause lines that Trump fans learned by heart and loudly repeated whenever their hero gave the signal was "drain the swamp!" Trump unambiguously insisted that, if he were in charge, all the political hacks, corporate lobbyists and money-chasing senators and Congress members inside the beltway would be facing a populist administration filled with new blood and fresh ideas.
Now that Trump is assembling his Cabinet, though, the outsiders are scarce. Instead, his team, so far, is composed of billionaires, veteran Republican politicians and a cohort of Goldman Sachs alums.
His choice for secretary of the Treasury is Steve Mnuchin, a hedge fund whiz who made a killing during the crash of the housing market in 2008 by buying up failed mortgages. For Commerce secretary, Trump wants his billionaire buddy
For attorney general, Trump has turned to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has said nice people never smoke marijuana. And for secretary of Health and Human Services, he has named Georgia Rep.
Elaine Chao, a veteran of both Bush presidencies, will be back, this time as Transportation secretary. She may not be the ultimate insider, but she is married to him. Her husband is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The pick to run the Department of Education, Betty DeVos, comes from outside the education establishment but likely knows the inside of a country club. The billionaire is a champion of charter schools, wife of an Amway heir and sister of the man who founded the highly controversial private security firm Blackwater.
Still to come is Trump’s decision on who will be secretary of State. Tuesday night, he was sharing a plate of frog legs at one of his hotels with one eager candidate for the job, Mitt Romney. The 2012 GOP standard-bearer delivered a searing speech of condemnation against Trump during the campaign, but now is sucking up big time. Also on the list for this position is Gen.
Former vice presidential candidate and Tina Fey impersonator