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President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as he leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

'Mad Dog' Mattis, Wilbur Ross and Rick Perry rumored to be up for Trump cabinet posts


UPDATE 11:19 a.m. EST

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has entered Trump Tower, CNN reports.

Perry is being considered for position of energy secretary, according to The Wall Street Journal

Perry famously said during a 2011 Republican primary debate that he would shut down three federal agencies if elected, but could only name two. The third agency, the one he forgot? The Department of Energy.

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President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering former Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis for the position of defense secretary. 

An anonymous source told CNN Mattis was a "leading candidate" for the job. Mattis served in the Marines for 44 years, ultimately running U.S. Central Command in 2010. He was widely praised for leading U.S. Marines in Fallujah during one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq War. However, he was also widely criticized for saying "It's fun to shoot some people" in 2005 when talking about military combat. 

A tiny technicality

Mattis retired in 2013, and retired officers must wait seven years before taking control of the Pentagon. However, a waiver from Congress can bypass this rule, and with a Republican majority in both houses, that shouldn't be hard to get.

Here's Trump on what he thought of Mattis.

Wilbur Ross

Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross is a leading contender to be Trump's new commerce secretary, CNN reports

Ross specializes in resurrecting struggling companies, and some of his biggest successes are in the steel and coal industries -- specifically the creation of International Steel Group in 2002, created from the ashes of three bankrupt U.S. steel companies. He sold ISG to a Europe-based steel company two years later, for $4.5 billion. 

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Carl Icahn, another pro-Trump billionaire, said Ross would be a "great choice."

Not a cabinet consideration. Maybe.

On Sunday, Trump also met with Ari Emanuel, his former Hollywood agent and the CEO of the massive talent agency WME/IMG. A spokesman said he wasn't seeking a job, CNN reports. However, Emanuel, whom Trump called the "King of Hollywood," is a longtime political fundraiser, albeit for the Democrats.  His brother Rahm is the mayor of Chicago and former chief of staff under President Obama, and his brother Ezekiel played a role in shaping the Affordable Care Act.

Reaching across the aisle

Trump also met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). During the primaries Gabbard resigned as a Vice-Chair of the DNC and endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Gabbard, the only Hindu in Congress, served two tours with the Army in Iraq. In a statement, Gabbard said the meeting focused on her, "bill to end our country’s illegal war to overthrow the Syrian government, and the need to focus our precious resources on rebuilding our own country, and on defeating al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other terrorist groups ."

'Mad Dog' Mattis, Wilbur Ross and Rick Perry rumored to be up for Trump cabinet posts

Kellyanne Conway, Trump's former campaign manager, told reporters the meeting went well saying that they found, "A lot of common ground. They both understood the country very well."

On Monday, Trump announced his additions to his landing teams. The landing teams will embed at the Departments of Commerce, and Treasury, as well as the Small Business Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Social Security Administration to ensure that when Trump takes the oath of office his team understands the intricacies of the various departments. 

Trump started announcing members of his landing teams last week and will continue to add to the teams.

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