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NBC News: If Trump Wins, Giuliani, Priebus, Gingrich Eyed for Top Jobs

NBC News: If Trump Wins, Giuliani, Priebus, Gingrich Eyed for Top Jobs

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By    |   Monday, 07 November 2016 08:45 AM

If Donald Trump wins the White House, his campaign advisers are eyeing a number of his surrogates and supporters for posts in his administration, according to NBC News.

Among the names being considered, according to three advisers who spoke to NBC News anonymously: Rudy Giuliani for attorney general, Newt Gingrich for secretary of state, Reince Priebus for chief of staff, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for defense secretary or national security adviser, Trump's finance chairman Steven Mnuchin for secretary of the Treasury, and Republican National Committee finance chairman Lew Eisenberg for secretary of commerce.

Trump has not been active in the transition efforts, in part because of fearing too much planning might jinx the campaign, NBC reported.

No decisions have been made or positions finalized, but talks gained intensity as polling improved. "It's become a lot more real," one adviser said.

Priebus, the current chairman of the Republican National Committee, earned the real-estate mogul's trust while defending him as others in the GOP denounced him, but a Trump adviser said it was not clear if Priebus was interested in the chief of staff job.

Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is in the mix for chief of staff, which would signal that Trump would not forget his base supporters.

Campaign CEO Steve Bannon has said he would return to working at Breitbart, while campaign manager Kellyanne Conway might decline an administration job due to the grueling campaign, according to NBC News' sources.

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions has taken a more active role in the transition as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has drifted away from the campaign. According to NBC News it was unclear if Christie was being considered for a post.

The conservative Heritage Foundation and some veterans of Romney's attempt and George W. Bush's administration are helping vet names. Trump's running mate Mike Pence is expected to be a more active vice president like Joe Biden and Al Gore, NBC reported.

The advisers are reaching out to those with experience under previous Republican presidents, looking for seasoned players. "They're listening to them, they're taking their counsel. I was very impressed," a former official told NBC News.

NBC asked Trump's campaign spokesman Hope Hicks about the plans, and she responded by email, "None of this is accurate," adding that the candidate is "entirely focused on the campaign and the American people."

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