When then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was trying to gain traction as a viable, serious candidate, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was one of the first to back him. The backing of Sessions was so crucial that, after Donald Trump won the presidency in November, many said that Sessions could likely get whatever post he wanted in the Trump administration.
There was speculation that Sessions was being considered as Director of Homeland Security or Secretary of Defense. Since Sessions was formerly Attorney General of Alabama before becoming its Senator, there was the belief that what he really wanted was to be Attorney General of the United States. Now, the news is in and Donald Trump has indeed selected Senator Sessions to be Attorney General. While he has accepted, he must be confirmed through Congress.
Another announcement from the Trump campaign is that Rep. Mike Pompeo, from Kansas, has been appointed to and accepted the CIA Director position. Like Sessions, Pompeo’s confirmation must go through Congress.
Although Pompeo initially backed Florida Senator Marco Rubio in the crowded GOP presidential candidate field, he played a big role in prepping now Vice President-elect Mike Pence prior to his debate with Tim Kaine. Pompeo has also been a vocal critic of Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.