Questions You Were Too Afraid to Ask About Trump’s Administration

What exactly is Kellyanne Conway’s job?

Oh, Kellyanne, Kellyanne. We’ve heard her nameand voiceon the news for months now. She came to the forefront of our collective national consciousness toward the end of the last election cycle when she signed on as Trump’s campaign manager. Now she is “Counselor to the President,” but it’s hard define what that actually means. Basically, the president’s counselor (or in this case, counselors, as Steve Bannon is also a presidential counselor as well as “Chief Strategist”) helps the president with the day-to-day running of his administration and, well, counsels him. This advisory position has been both filled with highly influential individuals and also left completely vacant, depending on who was occupying the oval office. According to Mrs. Conway, the Trump administration is more unified and efficient in light of their war with the media. So if we take Conway’s statements and media visibility through Mr. Trump’s first month in office is an indicator, I think it’s safe to say that she will be continuing to tell us about “fake news” and “alternate facts” as the highest ranking female in the White Houseand one who didn’t require senate confirmation.

What would happen to the cabinet if, by some off chance, things go south and the president got impeached?

Not that we’re saying this is likely to happen or should happen . . . but hey! It’s something people are always talking about so we wanted some answers. First, in order to be impeached, Mr. Trump would have to make some seriously bad decisions. In the case that he by chance listens to Bannon too closely, is impeached, prosecuted, and found guilty, he would be removed from office. The vice president would then take the oath of office and the oval office. The cabinet would remain intact unless the new president decided to clean house and reorganize. The last sitting-vice-president-turned-president, Ford, replaced several cabinet members when he took over for Richard Nixon in the ‘70s.

As for this hypothetical impeachment, it is likely that Pence would keep most of Trump’s cabinet intact, especially when the Senate is already butting heads with the Trump administration, despite Republican dominance in both the White House and Congress. In spite of  the opposition to Mr. Trump’s administration, many to his political left are resigned to his presidency. They would rather face 4 years with openly bombastic Trump than 3.6 years with climate-change-denying Pence.

The next in line would be current Speaker of the House, coalition-building, former Romney running-mate, Paul Ryan. Now there’s an idea.

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Ellie Lewis

Ellie is a surveyor of human behavior, as manifest by her major in history and interests in politics (obviously), ethics, modern art, and looking through people’s car windows as they drive past. The worldview of this senior from eastern North Carolina oscillates between crushing nihilism and cheerful optimism. Upon graduation, Ellie looks forward to working a job that challenges her mind in a room full of natural light.

Ellie Lewis

Ellie is a surveyor of human behavior, as manifest by her major in history and interests in politics (obviously), ethics, modern art, and looking through people’s car windows as they drive past. The worldview of this senior from eastern North Carolina oscillates between crushing nihilism and cheerful optimism. Upon graduation, Ellie looks forward to working a job that challenges her mind in a room full of natural light.

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