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Narrowing down the list of possible choices for President-elect Trump’s cabinet




Obama administration employees stand on a balcony of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in hopes of catching a glimpse of President-Elect Donald Trump's arrival at the White House November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Obama administration employees stand on a balcony of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in hopes of catching a glimpse of President-Elect Donald Trump's arrival at the White House November 10, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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The transition of power from President Obama to President-elect Trump began in earnest on Thursday as the two met for 90 minutes in the Oval Office and, from the sounds of it, went over a variety of important issues both domestic and foreign.

One of the questions on the minds of many Americans as the transition gets underway is who Mr. Trump will choose to fill out his cabinet. The early word was that he would seek to put outsiders in the positions -- CEOs and other private sector executives on whom Mr. Trump has called in the past for advice on certain issues. Specific names that have come up include Lucas Oil founder Forrest Lucas, oil tycoon Harold Hamm, and former Goldman Sachs’ executive Steven Mnuchin. There’s also the possibility that he decides to reward some of the political heavy-hitters who have stuck with him throughout the campaign, which means people like Newt Gingrich, Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani, and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions could also be tapped.

The Trump transition team has stayed mum on speculation about who he might choose for cabinet positions, so whether the newly-elected president will stock his cabinet full of Washington outsiders and business executives or whether he chooses a mix of career politicians and outsiders remains to be seen. Today on AirTalk, we’ll go through the shortlist of possible candidates and talk about the experience and insight each would bring to a Trump White House.

Guest:

Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter for POLITICO; he tweets @IsaacDovere

Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times Congressional reporter