Hope Hicks, Barack Obama among the most powerful in Trump's Washington, GQ says

Hierarchal structures and political dynamics evolve as U.S. presidents come and go, and a new list published by GQ details the Trump-era power rankings inside the Beltway.

In the new piece, "The 50 Most Powerful People In Trump’s Washington," GQ editors attempted to map out the key power players who are most impactful, influential and intriguing in the context of the 45th U.S. president's White House tenure. The magazine even took their political mapping a step further and gave each of the 50 people a power type color code from the following: Ascendant power, enduring power, precarious power, perplexing power and surreptitious power.

From former U.S. President Barack Obama to Defense Secretary James Mattis, figures possessing enduring power are those who have maintained their political dominance both because of and in spite of the former billionaire businessman's 2016 election win.

"So far, Obama has mostly avoided rebuking Trump, but his presence in town remains a specter, while his Twitter following remains far larger than Trump's," GQ notes of Obama's power. "Not that size concerns Trump."

See GQ's full ranking of the most powerful operatives in President Trump's Washington:

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White House Communications Director Hope Hicks - Perplexing Power

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence - Ascendant Power

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller - Enduring Power

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer - Enduring Power

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt - Surreptitious Power

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - Enduring Power

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Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron - Ascendant Power

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly - Precarious Power

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Corry Bliss, Head of the Congressional Leadership Fund - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the Freedom Caucus - Enduring Power

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White House Senior Advisor for Policy Stephen Miller - Perplexing Power

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US Defence Minister James Mattis - Enduring Power

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Fox & Friends - Perplexing Power

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US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer - Surreptitious Power

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Journalist Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for the New York Times - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Justice Anthony Kennedy - Enduring Power

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Billionaire Rebekah Mercer - Ascendant Power

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Tom Steyer, a hedge fund manager and a prominent Democratic fundraiser - Ascendant Power

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Rachel Maddow - Enduring Power

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Google Vice President of Public Policy Susan Molinari - Enduring Power

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) - Enduring Power

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Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) - Ascendant Power

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Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos - Ascendant Power

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Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission - Ascendant Power

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Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon - Precarious Power

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White House personnel director Johnny DeStefano - Ascendant Power

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(Not pictured) Chris Ruddy, C.E.O. of Newsmax - Perplexing Power

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Pictured: Chief Washington Correspondent, Newsmax, George Polk Award Winner Ronald Kessler speaks during CNN's Media Conference For The Election of the President 2008 at the Time Warner Center on October 14, 2008 in New York City. 16950_5054.JPG (Photo by Joe Kohen/WireImage)

CNN's Jake Tapper - Ascendant Power

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. - Enduring Power

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama - Enduring Power

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Mike Pompeo - Precious Power

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Indivisible Founders Leah Greenberg & Ezra Levin - Ascendant Power

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GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover - Enduring Power

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Federalist Society President Leonard A. Leo (right) - Surreptitious Power

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(Not pictured) Wayne Berman, Businessman - Enduring Power

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Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico - Ascendant Power

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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump - Enduring Power

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Russian President Vladimir Putin - Enduring Power

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President of EMILY's List Stephanie Schriock - Ascendant Power

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White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino - Perplexing Power

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Pod Save America - Ascendant Power

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U.S. Senator Susan Collins - Enduring Power

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Jesse Watters host of 'The Five' - Ascendant Power

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Alexander Ovechkin - Surreptitious Power

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp. - Enduring Power

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Emerson Collective Founder and President Laurene Powell Jobs - Ascendant Power 

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Managing Director Mickael Damelincourt - Surreptitious Power

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José Andrés, Restaurateur - Enduring Power

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen - Precarious Power

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"The myriad ghosts of Trump's political past" - Perplexing Power

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Others like White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, the hosts of "Fox & Friends," and White House senior adviser Stephen Miller have been labeled with "perplexing power" -- perhaps due to their often criticized hold on the commander in chief. GQ notes that Miller has been referred to as the "conservative anchor" of the Oval Office, while the consistently present Hope Hicks is described as a "de facto member of the royal family."

Those viewed as "ascendant" are seemingly the most coveted and troublesome members of this commanding clan for Trump himself. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, CNN's Jake Tapper, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times -- each of these correspondents and hosts have met the president's continued social media assault on "fake news" with consistently engaged coverage of the Trump administration. Tapper even pulled the plug on Stephen Miller during a show segment last month.

Press defenders of the Fourth Estate aren't the only figures rising in dominance, though. Lawmakers like Republican Sen. Tom Cotton and political mobilizers like Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock are also included as those who have gained momentum in the past year.

As the many acts of Trump White House political drama play out, the cast of characters will undoubtedly continue to swap in and out. Those with "precarious power" like White House chief of staff John Kelly and CIA Director Mike Pompeo could at some point find themselves in new roles -- rising to new positions of power or sitting on the outside looking in.

RELATED: Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle

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Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle
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Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle
Hope Hicks: Former White House Director of Strategic Communications
Melania Trump: Wife to President Trump and first lady of the United States
Gary Cohn: Former Director of the U.S. National Economic Council
Michael Flynn: Former National Security Advisor, no longer with the Trump administration
Ivanka Trump: First daughter and presidential adviser
Gen. John Kelly: Former Secretary of Homeland Security, current White House chief of staff
Steve Bannon: Former White House chief strategist, no longer with the Trump administration
Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and senior adviser
Kellyanne Conway: Former Trump campaign manager, current counselor to the president
Reince Priebus: Former White House chief of staff, no longer with the Trump administration
Anthony Scaramucci: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: White House press secretary
Donald Trump Jr.: First son to President Trump
Sean Spicer: Former White House press secretary, soon to be no longer with the Trump administration
Jeff Sessions: U.S. attorney general
Steve Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury
Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman
Carter Page: Former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign
Omarosa Manigault: Former Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison
Jason Miller: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Mike Dubke: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
Stephen Miller: Trump senior policy adviser
Corey Lewandowski: Former Trump campaign manager
Eric Trump: Son to President Trump
Rex Tillerson: Former Secretary of State
Sebastian Gorka: Former deputy assistant to the president in the Trump administration, no longer in his White House role
Roger Stone: Former Trump campaign adviser, current host of Stone Cold Truth
Betsy DeVos: U.S. Education Secretary
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