The Complete Order Of Presidential Succession In The Event That Donald Trump Actually Gets Impeached

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Ever wondered who was next if Donald Trump were impeached?

Ever since President Donald Trump has been elected into office, there has been a worldwide frenzy. Whether you don't agree with his politics, his controversial statements, or just simply don't like who he is as a person, you're not alone.

Not to mention his presidency has also been shrouded by the whole Russia issue. Since he took office, the FBI, CIA, and The National Security Agency have suspected that Trump used the Russian government to influence the votes. Because of this, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been working to find out whether Trump had Russian influences during the 2016 election. The United States authorities believe that "Russian agents hacked into computer systems associated with both major U.S. political parties." Authorities are also saying that Russia has "stolen thousands of emails" specifically from "Democratic Party figures." This is an ongoing investigation that has no exact date as to when it will end. 

Trump has "consistently denied that his campaign coordinated with Russian agents," however if he's found guilty of all alleged activities with Russia, he'll face impeachment. The Constitution states that "Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors” will result in the President being "removed from Office."

If Donald Trump gets impeached, what's the order of Presidential succession? There are 18 people who are all a part of his Cabinet that are his successors in the event that he leaves office. 


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1. Vice President

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Mike Pence

Pence is the only person on Trump's administration that cannot be fired. He has been in Washington since 2000. He was elected governor of Indiana back in 2015. He describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative and a Republican." Vanity Fair reported that former Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, Omarosa Manigault stated that "We would be begging for days of Trump back if Pence became president."

2. Speaker of the House

Paul Ryan

Ryan is a Janesville, Wisconsin native that has “been serving as the U.S. representative of Wisconsin's Congressional District 1 since 1999.” Ryan was re-elected to Congress back in 2014 and in 2015 he became the youngest person to hold the office of Speaker of the House in over 150 years.

3. Senate President Pro Tempore

Orrin Hatch

He has been working as a senator for over 40 years. In January 2018, he announced that he “will leave office at the end of the year.” Trump has been trying to persuade him not to retire, which hasn’t been as effective as he hoped. Although he will be retiring from the Senate, he said that his career in “public service is just beginning.”

4. Secretary of State

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Mike Pompeo

Trump appointed Mike Pompeo as the Secretary of State after firing Rex Tillerson. Trump complained to reporters that he and Tillerson "disagreed over strategy in key areas of foreign policy." Pompeo has been described as a "Trump loyalist."

5. Secretary of Treasury

Steven Mnuchin 

​​Mnuchin is a former banker and Hollywood film financier. He happens to be Trump’s “top campaign fund-raiser.” Although he is widely praised by Trump, his peers seem him in a different light. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon called him the “foreclosure king.” Senator of Illinois Tammy Duckworth described him as “greedy and “unethical.”


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6. Secretary of Defense

James Mattis

Mattis, also known as "Mad Dog" and "Warrior Munk" because of "his attention to military tactics and strategy," was the commander of the first Marine force to enter Afganistan after the attacks on September 11, 2001. 

7. Attorney General

Jeff Sessions

Before becoming the US attorney general, he served as Republican senator of Alabama. He was "the first senator to endorse Donald Trump for President." However, Trump recently revealed that he wishes he'd chosen someone else for the position. Referring to Sessions' decision to step away from matters surrounding the 2016 Presidential election, Trump told the New York Times"How do you take a job and then recuse yourself? If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair — and that's a mild word — to the President."

8. Secretary of the Interior

Ryan Zinke

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According to the U.S. Government's website, the Secretary of the Interior's job is to "manage and sustain America’s lands, water, wildlife, and energy resources, honors our nation’s responsibilities to tribal nations, and advocates for America’s island communities. " Zinke's first 13 months as Secretary of Interior were spent by investigating how he was spending the taxpayer's money. He is reportedly known to make “rushed decisions.” His performance is compared James G. Watt, who was fired while working under former President Ronald Raegan. Some are questioning if my might even lose his job.

9. Secretary of Agriculture

Sonny Perdue

Sonny Perdue is the former governor of Georgia. He is a former Democrat who later switched to the Republican Party before serving as Georgia's governor. He is in charge of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. 

10. Secretary of Commerce

Wilbur Ross

He is known for building companies "from the assets of defaulted ones," leading to him to have the nickname "King of Bankruptcy," according to CNN. Ross tends to invest in "distressed companies in a wide range of industries." He also has financial connections to Russia via a shipping company among whose clients reportedly include a Russian energy company co-owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin's son-in-law.


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11. Secretary of Labor

Alexander Acosta

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Before joining the trump administration, Alexander Acosta worked at the U.S. Century Bank as the chairman. He also has a law background and is the first person of a Hispanic background to serve on Trump's Cabinet.

12. Secretary of Health and Human Services

Alex Azar

He is a former pharmaceutical industry executive and also served under George W. Bush's administration. He replaced Tom Price, who resigned after "Politico reported that he spent more than $1 million in taxpayer money to travel on private and government aircraft."

13. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Ben Carson

Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who, before his appointment to Trump's cabinet, had no background in government or housing policy. He has absolutely "no experience in government or housing policy." He ran against Trump in the Presidential Primaries back in 2014.

14. Secretary of Transportation

Elaine Chao

Elaine Chao is the first Asian-American woman to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet. She received her American citizenship at the age of 19 after migrating from Taiwan to the United States "on a cargo ship when she was eight." She worked under George H. Bush as "the director of the Peace Corps." In the event that Chao was up for the Presidency, she wouldn't be eligible as the Constitution states that the President must be a natural-born citizen of the United States.

15. Secretary of Energy

Rick Perry

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Before serving as the Secretary of Energy, Perry was the longest-serving governor in Texas history, having served from 2000-2015. He is an Air Force veteran and a former farmer and rancher.


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16. Secretary of Education

Betsy DeVos

DeVos is a billionaire and a proclaimed advocate for "the expansion of charter schools and voucher programs that use taxpayer money for private schools." She and her husband have reportedly given "hundred of thousands" to a conservative Christian group called "Focus on the Family." Like much of Trump's Cabinet, DeVos position has not been without controversy.

17. Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Ronny Jackson

Before becoming the Secretary of Veteran Affairs, Ronny Jackson was already President Donald Trump's physician. He also served as the physician for former president Barack Obama in 2013. He is known to "perform in high-stress situations and coordinate large operations," according to PBS.

18. Secretary of Homeland Security

John Kelly

Kelly is a retired Marine general. In only a matter of six months, he infamously "released new deportation guidelines" that were implemented to "speed up deportations." He also misgoverned the "Muslim Ban," resulting in "travelers being stranded inside airports and outside the country."

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Shavella is an MFA student at Brooklyn College, studying creative writing. She enjoys blogging, reading, volunteering, and working on her novel.

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