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Saturday, 12 August 2017 21:42

Cabinet swap could give GOP an extra Senate seat

Written by  Mary Kay Linge

The Trump administration could launch a game of Cabinet musical chairs to grab a 53rd GOP seat in the Senate.

White House officials want to make West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin the new secretary of energy, administration sources told Bloomberg News.

The Trump administration could launch a game of Cabinet musical chairs to grab a 53rd GOP seat in the Senate.

White House officials want to make West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin the new secretary of energy, administration sources told Bloomberg News.

Under this scenario, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice — a former Democrat who joined the GOP at a Trump rally last week — would replace Manchin with a Republican.

An additional Republican in the Senate would boost the party’s slim majority.

Under the rumored scheme, Trump would name Energy Secretary Rick Perry to the now-vacant post of Homeland Security secretary.


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