Following reports of disarray and infighting within the transition team, President-elect Donald Trump announced Friday, the appointees for three key positions in his cabinet – Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General, Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser, and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo for CIA Director
Senator Jeff Sessions, the President-elect-appointee, has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate before he can hold office. While it is generally normal for sitting senators to get quick confirmations, there are few apprehensions about the same for Senator Jeff Sessions considering his political past, which may turn out to be his undoing for the role of U.S. Attorney General.
The baggage that Senator Sessions brings to the role of Attorney General is his rejection by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 over concerns that he had made some hardline statements while he was a U.S. Attorney Senator Sessions vehemently denied that he had made those comments.
Sessions have been on Trump’s list of loyalists since he became the first sitting senator to support his candidature for the presidency, in February.
Another factor that may have influenced Trump’s decision is that Senator Sessions, again, is a hardliner when it comes to his position on immigration, in sync, to a great extent, with Trump’s point of view on the subject.
Having accepted the nomination, Sessions said in a press release, “With the support of my Senate colleagues, I will give all my strength to advance the Department [of Justice]’s highest ideals,”
Role of Attorney General
“The United States Attorney General is the head of the United States Department of Justice, concerned with legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government.”
A Republican from Kansas’s 4th congressional district, Michael Richard “Mike” Pompeo was selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be his nominee for Director Central Intelligence Agency on November 18, 2016.
Like Sessions, Pompeo will also have to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. “He will be a brilliant and unrelenting leader for our intelligence community to ensure the safety of Americans and our allies,” Trump said about his nominee for the CIA director’s post.
Mike Pompeo, an ex- cavalry officer in the army entered politics in 2011 after completing his law training. He is the founder of the Thayer Aerospace, backed by billionaire Koch brothers, the key to his fortune. He is believed to be in harmony with Trump’s thoughts on Guantanamo Bay detention camp – It should not be closed!
Role of CIA Director
“The Director of the Central Intelligence Agency is statutory which functions as the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, which in turn is a part of the United States Intelligence Community.”
National Security Adviser
Michael Flynn, one of Trump’s trustworthy campaign advisers, got the position of National Security Adviser and does not require confirmation from the U.S. Senate.
A retired United States Army lieutenant general who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, and chair of the Military Intelligence Board under President Barak Obama, fired from his job in 2014, will now be in the service of President-elect Donald Trump.
A passionate Russia lover, not unlike the President-elect, has in the past demanded the incarceration of Hillary Clinton and is believed to have called President Obama a “liar” with no intention of defeating the ISIS.
Role of National Security Adviser
“The National Security Advisor plays a critical role in administration of the National Security Council (NSC), which advises and assists the President on national security and foreign policy issues”