President-elect Donald Trump met Friday with many of his top advisers in his Manhattan apartment at Trump Tower on the task of forming a new administration. He said on Twitter "Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!"
U.S. media reported Friday that U.S. vice president-elect Mike Pence will be given control of Trump's transition team, rather than New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been running the transition. Trump is reported to have told advisers that he wanted to use Pence's Washington experience to aid a swift transition in January.
Trump has about 70 days to decide on a 15-member cabinet, as well as other top staff for his administration. Several of his close advisers have been mentioned as options to fill key posts. Here are some of the names being talked about.
iuliani is the former mayor of New York and known for his efforts to unite the city after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that toppled the World Trade Center. He has been an informal adviser to the Trump campaign and frequent spokesman for the campaign with various media outlets. He was the first person to be mentioned by Trump in his election acceptance speech. "He's unbelievable," Trump said. "He's traveled with us and he went through meetings, and Rudy never changes." Giuliani, an attorney, is often mentioned as a possible attorney general.
The former speaker of the House was the architect of the 1994 "Contract with America" that earned Republicans control of the House after decades of democratic dominance. Gingrich was an early Trump supporter and was reportedly on Trump's short list for vice president. Since leaving the House, Gingrich has been an influential Republican strategist and ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011. He has been mentioned as a possible candidate for secretary of state or White House chief of staff.
The New Jersey Governor quickly gave his support to Trump after his bid for the Republican nomination ended. He had been serving as head of the Trump transition team until Pence took over Friday, and was reportedly on Trump's short list for vice president. Christie, a former U.S. attorney, has been mentioned as a possible attorney general or commerce secretary. He has been entangled in a years-old scandal over the closure of a major bridge linking New Jersey and New York, allegedly to punish a local mayor. Two of Christie's former aides were convicted in the case earlier this month.
The current chair of the Republican National Committee was a steady supporter of Trump when many in the Republican party establishment wanted to distance themselves from the billionaire. Priebus provided Trump with an important link to the party's resources and field operations to get out the vote. Trump ceded the podium for a minute during his election acceptance speech to Priebus to thank him for his support. Priebus is rumored to be in contention for the role of White House chief of staff.
Bannon served as Trump's campaign chief after heading the conservative website Breitbart News. Bannon is not afraid to use strong political tactics and was behind some of the more controversial moves of the Trump campaign, including bringing women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct to a presidential debate. He is cited as a potential White House chief of staff.
Conway served as Trump's campaign manager and tweeted that she might accept a senior White House role. She founded a polling company in 1995 and has consulted on polling for Republican politicians and major corporations. Conway also served as a senior adviser to Gingrich's presidential bid in 2011.
The Alabama senator was one of the first politicians to endorse Trump when many other leading Republicans were against his candidacy. Trump hailed him in his election acceptance speech as the first "major politician" to support him. "Let me tell you, he is highly respected in Washington because he is as smart as you get." Sessions has been in the senate since 1997 and sits on the Armed Services Committee and Budget Committee among others. He has served in the Army Reserve and is mentioned as a possible candidate for secretary of defense.
The campaign finance manager for Trump's election, Mnuchin's name is being mentioned as a possible candidate for treasury secretary. Mnuchin is a veteran of Goldman Sachs and a CEO of a private investment firm.