Report: A New List Of Potential Trump Cabinet Picks Includes Ben Carson For A Surprising Post

During the final week before the election, several news outlets began publishing sourced and speculative predictions about what a Donald Trump cabinet would look like. Thanks to the Republican nominee’s victory late Tuesday night, however, many of these reports have ballooned into fully-fledged articles about who’s under consideration, and for what positions, in Trump’s inner circle. Names that popped up on prior lists — like Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie and Newt Gingrich — are still circling certain posts, but a few new ones have surfaced up as well.

Such as former presidential candidate Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who briefly surpassed Trump’s lead before the primaries but ultimately dropped out and endorsed the latter. Considering his medical background, you’d think the president-elect would be eyeing Carson for Surgeon General. Well you’re half right, as Carson’s name is listed among others for the Secretary of Health and Human Services post, according to BuzzFeed. But he’s also being vetted for the top spot at the Department of Education.

Among other surprising (but still shocking) rumors revealed by the list — which was obtained by BuzzFeed, CNN and several others — is former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, who’s a contender for Secretary of the Interior. In other words, the same person who popularized the Republican Party’s “Drill, Baby, Drill!” slogan during the 2008 presidential election would be put in charge of America’s natural resources — both commercial and recreational.

Here is the full list of potential cabinet picks for President-elect Trump’s administration:

Attorney General:
Gov. Chris Christie
Attorney General Pam Bondi
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Secretary of Commerce:
Former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco
Businessman Lew Eisenberg
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee
Sen. David Purdue
Former Sen. Jim Talent

Agriculture Secretary:
Gov. Sam Brownback
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives CEO Chuck Conner
Gov. Dave Heineman
Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

Secretary of Education:
Ben Carson
Hoover Institution fellow William Evers

Secretary of Energy:
Venture Capitalist Robert Grady
Businessman Harold Hamm

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Former New Jersey state Sen. Rich Bagger
Ben Carson
Newt Gingrich
Gov. Rick Scott

Secretary of Homeland Security:
Sheriff David Clarke

Secretary of the Interior:
Gov. Jan Brewer
Gov. Mary Fallin
Oil Executive Forrest Lucas
Rep. Cynthia Lummis
Former Gov. Sarah Palin

Secretary of Defense:
Former Gen. Mike Flynn
Stephen Hadley
Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr.
Former Sen. Jim Talent

Secretary of State:
John Bolton
Sen. Bob Corker

Treasury Secretary:
Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Businessman Carl Icahn
Banker Steven Mnuchin

Chief of Staff:
Reince Priebus

Director of Office of Management and Budget:

Secretary of Labor:
EEOC Commissioner Victoria Lipnic

Veterans Affairs:
Rep. Jeff Miller

White House Counsel:
Donald McGahn

(Via BuzzFeed and CNN)