WATCH | Donald Trump has a lot of work ahead of him, here's what it entails.
Instead of his famous phrase "you're fired," Trump will be saying "you're hired" a lot in the coming months. As president-elect, Trump is tasked with appointing 4,000 people to positions in the federal government, if he maintains traditional staffing levels. He has indicated that he could reduce the size of agencies, or even cut some like the Department of Education. About 1,000 of his 4,000 appointments will require Senate confirmation.
Trump is the first president in our history to never have held elected office or served in the military, but what he has done is run a very large company.
The skills he developed as a businessman could be very helpful over the next couple of months since soon he is going to be in control of the world’s most complex organization, the U.S. government. A behemoth with 4 million employees and an annual budget of about $4 trillion dollars-- for comparison Walmart is the world’s largest employer and they only have about 2.1 million workers.
The first priority for Trump and his transition team is to find cabinet secretaries, like the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of States. These are the highest level presidential appointees. There are 15 cabinet members. Cabinet members will have to be confirmed by the Senate, so right now, Trump and his transition team headed by Vice President- elect Mike Pence must start vetting potential cabinet members for issues that could be problematic for Senators and start reaching out to Congress so they can make the confirmation process as smooth as possible.
On Friday, Trump announced his transition team leadership, this will be the team that makes suggestions about who Trump should appoint. They are also responsible for the vetting of appointees as well as outreach to Congress and the current administration. But, the final decision still rest with Trump.
The transition team is lead by Pence who will be assisted by some of Trump's top boosters during the campaign, including Ben Carson, Reince Priebus, Rudy Giuliani,Chris Christie, and Newt Gingrich.
If the confirmation process gets stalled or delayed, that could hinder Trump's ability to enact his agenda.
But it isn't only cabinet members who are responsible for enacting policy, Trump will need his political appointees at all levels in order to properly navigate the government's bureaucracy. So if he wants to get to work on day one, he needs to have his staffers in place, and that means he is going to be saying you're hired a lot before January 20-- inauguration day.