President Trump reportedly hiring more officials from the George W. Bush administration

Despite his rhetoric against Washington insiders, President Donald Trump appears to be recruiting more officials from George W. Bush's administration to fill open positions.

Politico reports, based on inside sources, that "there's been a concerted outreach to some old Bush hands to serve as the 'adults' at some of the top agencies."

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Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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The media outlet points out that the White House issued a press release last week announcing Trump's intention to nominate four key staff members—two of whom worked for Bush.

One of them is Marshall Billingslea, who could become the Treasury Department's Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing; he has had extensive experience within the U.S. Department of Defense.

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The other is John J. Sullivan, tapped to become the next Deputy Secretary of State; he served as Bush's Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

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Other Bush-era officials brought on board by Trump at some point include his Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who was Bush's Labor Secretary; Bill Steiger, a health expert who is advising Trump's State Department; and Chad Wolf, a former Bush Transportation Security Administration alum who has been working with the same agency under Trump.

Despite the potential benefits of bringing on experienced government staffers, Politico points out that the move may not sit well with supporters of Trump's "drain the swamp" approach; additionally, not all former Bush hires are open to working for the new president.

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