Joe Arpaio Under Consideration for Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Flynn for National Security Adviser in Trump Administration


Current and former office holders have been filtering in and out of Trump Tower this week as Donald J. Trump’s transition team works to assemble leaders of the new administration. Here are some possibilities for the cabinet and other key posts, compiled by reporters for The Times, using information from the Trump transition team, lawmakers, lobbyists and Washington experts.

National Security Adviser

The national security adviser, although not a member of the cabinet, is a critical gatekeeper for policy proposals from the State Department, the Pentagon and other agencies, a function that takes on more importance given Mr. Trump’s lack of experience in elective office.

  • Michael T. Flynn Retired Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. General Flynn has been outspoken about his view of the threat posed by Islamist militancy and was an ardent supporter of Mr. Trump during the campaign. Mr. Trump has offered the position to General Flynn, according to a top official on the transition team, but it is not clear whether General Flynn has accepted the position.

Homeland Security Secretary

The hodgepodge agency, formed after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has one key role in the Trump administration: guarding the United States’ borders. If Mr. Trump makes good on his promises of widespread deportations and building walls, this secretary will have to carry them out.

  • Joe Arpaio Departing sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz.
  • David A. Clarke Jr. Milwaukee County sheriff
  • Rudolph W. Giuliani Former New York mayor
  • Michael McCaul Representative from Texas and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee
  • Jeff Sessions Senator from Alabama who is a strong proponent of strict immigration enforcement, reduced spending and tough-on-crime measures

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