Look: Here's What You Need to Know About the Names on the Terrifying Trump Cabinet Short List

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Look: Here's What You Need to Know About the Names on the Terrifying Trump Cabinet Short List

And what it means for the country.

Published November 10, 2016

Now that some of the initial shock from Trump's victory has settled, it's time to ask a very important question:

Who will be in Trump's cabinet?

The people appointed to the different cabinet positions will directly affect the big decisions made for the country. Although the positions typically go to people with vast amounts of experience and expertise, if this election has taught us anything, it's to expect the unexpected. 

There's a short list of potential cabinet members swirling around, and based on assumptions made by political analysts, here is what a Trump cabinet could look like. 

  1. Reince Priebus, Chief of Staff
    CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

    As the chief of staff, Priebus, who currently acts as the chairman for the RNC, would directly oversee the executive office of the president. For you Scandal watchers, he would be Cyrus Beene. 

    Because Priebus directly represents the true Republican base, this could mean he would influence Trump to stick with more traditional conservative values. 

  2. Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Attorney General
    PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 31:  Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, speaks in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a Trump campaign rally on August 31, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

    If Giuliani were to replace Loretta Lynch as attorney general, one can only assume it would mean a swift decline in action taken by the DOJ to hold law and police officials accountable. 

    This year alone, the DOJ has stepped in to reveal unfair policing practices in cities like Baltimore. However, Giuliani, who was responsible for the racist stop and frisk policies in New York, would probably not be so obliged to work that way. 

  3. Gov. Chris Christie or Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Secretary of Commerce
    MILWAUKEE, WI - NOVEMBER 10:  Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (R)  speaks while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looks on during the Republican Presidential Debate sponsored by Fox Business and the Wall Street Journal at the Milwaukee Theatre November 10, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The fourth Republican debate is held in two parts, one main debate for the top eight candidates, and another for four other candidates lower in the current polls.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Either of these former presidential hopefuls would be in charge of promoting American businesses and industries. 

  4. Newt Gingrich, Secretary of State
    CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 20:  Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich waves to the crowd after delivering a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    The Secretary of State, a cabinet position formerly held by Hillary Clinton, is one of the most important positions. In this job, the secretary would be responsible for carrying out the president's foreign policies. 

  5. Ben Carson, Secretary of Education
    CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 19: Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson delivers a speech on the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

    If appointed, the surgeon would make decisions about education policy on behalf of the federal government. 

  6. Sheriff David Clarke, Secretary of Homeland Security
    Sheriff David Clarke speaks before republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a rally at the KI Convention Center on October 17, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  / AFP / Tasos Katopodis        (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)
    (Photo: TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Secretary of Homeland Security position is a direct product of 9/11. In this position, the secretary manages terroism, border security, customs and emergency response. 

    Based on Clarke's anti-BLM comments and thoughts on protests and riots, this could be an extreme choice. 

  7. Former Gov. Sarah Palin, Secretary of the Interior
    CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - FEBRUARY 1:  Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin speaks before introducing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign event at the U.S. Cellular Convention Center February 1, 2016 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Trump who is seeking the nomination for the Republican Party attends his final campaign rally ahead of tonight's Iowa Caucus. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

    No. Just no. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Jason Bahr/CNBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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