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President Trump’s Cabinet

The president’s cabinet is not a constitutionally enumerated body, meaning that there is no specific provision in the Constitution that requires the creation of a presidential cabinet or designates a cabinet’s duties.  Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution allows the president to request opinions from the heads of executive departments, but it does not provide a provision for the necessity of a cabinet.  While the Constitution does not provide for the creation of a cabinet, every president since George Washington has had one, though each has varied in its role pertaining to the presidency.  George Washington frequently assembled top executive officials to discuss policy matters; recently, however, the cabinet has been convened less frequently.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President, the Director of National Intelligence, the White House Chief of Staff, and the heads of 15 executive departments: the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.

In order of succession to the Presidency:

Vice President of the United States
Michael R. Pence


 
Department of State 
Secretary Mike Pompeo
http://www.state.gov


 

Department of the Treasury
Secretary Steven Mnuchin
http://www.treasury.gov

Department of Defense
Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan
http://www.defense.gov



 

Department of Justice
Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker
http://www.usdoj.gov



 

Department of the Interior
Secretary David Bernhardt
http://www.doi.gov



 

Department of Agriculture
Secretary Sonny Perdue
http://www.usda.gov



 
Department of Commerce
Secretary Wilbur Ross, Jr.
http://www.commerce.gov


 
Department of Labor
Secretary Alexander Acosta
http://www.dol.gov


 
 

Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary Alex Azar
http://www.hhs.gov



 

Department of Housing and Urban Development
Secretary Ben Carson
http://www.hud.gov



 
Department of Transportation
Secretary Elaine Chao
https://www.transportation.gov/


 

Department of Energy
Secretary Rick Perry
http://www.energy.gov



 

Department of Education
Secretary Betsy DeVos
http://www.ed.gov



 

Department of Veterans Affairs
Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie
http://www.va.gov



 

Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen
http://www.dhs.gov



 

 

The following positions have the status of Cabinet-rank:


White House Chief of Staff
Mick Mulvaney

 

Environmental Protection Agency
Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler
http://www.epa.gov

 

Office of Management & Budget
Mick Mulvaney
www.whitehouse.gov/omb

 

United States Trade Representative
Robert Lighthizer
www.ustr.gov/

 

United States Mission to the United Nations
Deputy Representative of the United States to the United Nations - Jonathan R. Cohen
https://usun.state.gov/

 

Council of Economic Advisers
www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/cea/

 

Small Business Administration
Linda McMahon
www.sba.gov/

 

Central Intelligence Agency
Gina Haspel, CIA Director
https://www.cia.gov

 

Last updated: 2/12/2019