Trump Spends Another Day Meeting With Potential Cabinet Officials

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are spending Sunday meeting with potential cabinet appointees at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J.

The president-elect was asked by a reporter earlier Sunday if there will be any appointments, to which  Trump replied, “I think so. I think so. It could very well happen.”

“We’re going to have a great day. Great people coming. You’ll see. Great people,” He added.

The slate of meetings is as follows:

Ari Emanuel 

Emanuel is one of Hollywood’s most prominent agents and is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff and the current Mayor of Chicago. Emanuel is Trump’s former agent. When Trump greeted Emanuel outside his clubhouse, he pointed to the agent and said, “King of Hollywood.”

After the meeting, Trump said, “Great guy. Great friend of mine.”

Peter Kirsanow 

Kirsanow is a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was a former member the National Labor Relations Board under President George W. Bush. Kirsanow has previously attacked immigration policies for hurting black Americans and recently praised Trump’s decision to appoint Republican Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.

Jonathan Gray 

Gray is the global head of real estate at financial giant Blacktsone Group. He recently said at a conference following Trump’s election, “I think it’s fair to say that the economic narrative has changed.”

He added, “It does appear like we’re going to have lower taxes, less regulation and probably more fiscal spending, particularly around infrastructure. All of that should be good for growth.”

Kris Kobach 

The secretary of state of Kansas and an immigration hawk, Kobach is reportedly advising members of Trump’s transition team on immigration. Kobach helped draft the 2010 Arizona law which required state and local law enforcement to check the immigration status of individuals they suspected were in the U.S. illegaly. Kobach could be an ideal head of Homeland Security.

Wilbur Ross

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is reportedly a leading pick for secretary of commerce. Trump ally Carl Icahn tweeted last week, “Spoke to [Donald Trump]. Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross are being considered for Treasury and Commerce. Both would be great choices.”

Chris Christie

The Republican New Jersey governor was an early backer of Trump, but has reportedly fallen out of the graces with the president-elect. Christie was initially the head of Trump’s transition team but was replaced by Pence. Trump was reportedly upset with the Bridgegate scandal and how he was handling the transition process. Trump was asked yesterday about his relationship with Chrsitie and said, “We like Chris a lot.”

Rudy Giuliani

The former U.S Attorney and New York City Mayor is reportedly a top candidate to serve as Trump’s secretary of state. Giuliani has received criticism for business dealings his firm Giuliani Partners has done with foreign nations including Qatar. Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said, “It is worrisome, some of the ties to foreign governments, because that was a big complaint about many of us with Hillary Clinton and her ties and the money she received from foreign governments.”

Former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are also reportedly under consideration for secretary of state.

Robert Johnson

The Black Entertainment Television founder was the first black American billionaire. Johnson supported Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries and attacked Barack Obama at the time. “And to me, as an African-American, I am frankly insulted that the Obama campaign would imply that we are so stupid that we would think Hillary and Bill Clinton, who have been deeply and emotionally involved in black issues since Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood –­ and I won’t say what he was doing, but he said it in the book –­ when they have been involved,” Johnson said.

Many interpreted the comments about Obama’s marijuana use, but Johnson claimed he was talking about the then-Illinois senator’s community organizing past.

David McCormick

McCormick is a senior executive at the hedge fund Bridgewater Associates. He previously served as undersecretary of international affairs in President George W. Bush’s Treasury Department.

T.W. Shannon

Shannon is the former speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is still currently a state congressman there. The black Republican failed in his bid to become the Republican nominee for senate in 2014.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The Washington congresswoman is the chair of the House Republican Conference. She endorsed Trump in May.

Gen. John Kelly

The retired Marine Corps general could be in contention for the position of secretary of defense with another former Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis.