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Donald Trump at a campaign rallyPresident Donald Trump

The controversial President of the United States, Donald Trump started his life as a businessman before ultimately becoming a reality TV start with the success of The Apprentice. He then decided to run for President, was named the Republican nominee, and won thanks to the electoral vote (despite having lost the popular vote).

VP Mike Pence

The current Vice President of the United States, Pence also served as Governor of Indiana and was a member of the House of Representatives for some time. He was once quoted as saying, “I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order.”

  Chief of Staff John Kelly

A retired Marine general who was previously in charge of the Department of Homeland Security, Kelly was chosen to replace Reince Priebus in this position back in July. He also was the person responsible for firing Steve Bannon shortly after becoming Chief of Staff.

  Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Beyond just being the Senate Majority Leader, McConnell is also the senior United States Senator from Kentucky and is the longest-serving senator in Kentucky history. A little-known fact about him is that he used to be a moderate Republican who even supported abortion rights when he first started out in politics.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan Served as the Vice Presidential running-mate to Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, before becoming the Speaker of the House in 2015, the youngest since 1869. Despite having issues with President Trump throughout his campaign, Ryan ultimately supported him for President.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

SarahHuckabee Sanders served as the deputy White House Press Secretary until Sean Spicer resigned from Press Secretary in July, in which she took his place. She has made multiple controversial allegations about the media and “fake news.”

Special Investigator Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller is the head of the FBI, and the man overseeing the investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential Election. He was also a runner-up for TIME magazine’s Person of the Year.

Advisors to the President (at the moment) and first family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Ivanka Trump, the eldest daughter of the President, and her husband Jared Kushner are both senior advisors to the President. Their positions in the White House have been of debate and have been called the result of nepotism, especially due to the fact that neither have any prior political experience.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

He is the former CEO of Exxon Mobil and is the first Secretary of State with no experience in either the military or the government. Despite his controversial nature now, he also served as the President of The Boy Scouts of American for some time and was part of the push to allow gay scouts in the BSA.

  Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, was appointed as Attorney in General in a close vote in February 2017. Last March it was reported that he had had a conversation with a Russian Ambassador and didn’t disclose this info during his confirmation hearing, though he denies this claims.

  HUD Secretary Ben Carson

After failing to become the Republican nominee for the 2016 Presidential election, he was appointed as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development by President Trump. He is a retired neurosurgeon and was a registered independent before changing to a Republican before his attempted Presidential run.

  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVos was President Trump’s second pick for Education Secretary after his first choice turned it down. She is known for being very pro-charter school and school choice. However, she also supports the deregulation of schools and wants to roll back Title IX at for-profit universities.

  Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis

Mattis is a retired Marine General and was very critical of President Obama’s policy on the middle east. He earned the nickname “Mad Dog” after being quoted as saying, “be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

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