With less than a month before the inauguration, President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet still has four major spots waiting to be filled.
Trump has picked most of his top Cabinet nominees already. But outside groups are getting restless as they wait to see who will lead the Departments of Agriculture and Veterans Affairs, as well as the U.S. Trade Representative’s office and the Council of Economic Advisers.
Here’s a look at the leading candidates for those open spots.
From The Hill
Secretary of Agriculture
The race for Agriculture is heating up, with the president-elect entertaining a handful of potential candidates this week.
On Wednesday, Trump met with former Texas A&M University President Elsa Murano and former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado. Both are under consideration for the spot.
United States Trade Representative
Given Trump’s emphasis on an “America First” trade policy during the campaign, his pick for the Cabinet-level USTR is being carefully watched.
Campaign officials confirmed earlier this month that Trump is considering Jovita Carranza, who has experience in President George W. Bush’s Small Business Administration.
A whole host of names have been floated for the spot to lead the VA, which could receive a major shakeup under the Trump administration.
Businessman, Army veteran and former Central American Chamber of Commerce head Luis Quiñonez met with Trump earlier this month to discuss the role.
Council of Economic Advisers
It appears that the race to lead the Council, a three-member group that advises the president on economic issues, is between the frontrunner and the rest of the field.
The leading pick is Larry Kudlow, the former CNBC host and associate director at the Reagan administration’s Office of Management and Budget.
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