Friday, April 7, 2017

Are you a rich, balding white man? You have a 75% chance of being Trump's next chief of staff

Exclusive: Trump eyes new chief of staff; House Leader on short list.  (Axios, 4/7/2017)
(All to be taken with a grain of salt for now, I suppose.)  Insiders tell me that the possibilities for chief of staff include:
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who developed a bond with Trump as one of the earlier congressional leaders to support him, and remains a confidant. 
  • Wayne Berman of Blackstone Group, a Washington heavy-hitter who was an Assistant Secretary of Commerce under President George H.W. Bush, and a key adviser on eight presidential campaigns. 
  • David Urban of the Washington advisory firm American Continental Group, and a former chief of staff to the late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.). Urban helped Trump win an upset victory in Pennsylvania, and was in constant cellphone contact with the candidate throughout the campaign. 
  • Gary Cohn, Trump's economic adviser and the former #2 at Goldman Sachs, who has built a formidable team and internal clout.

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