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Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

Updated October 13, 2018 3.6k votes 181 voters 1.1k views38 items

List RulesVote up the political figures you think are (not so) secretly in control of the White House.

On August 13, 2018, former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman released a recording of President Trump reacting to her dismissal. The audio clip allegedly transpired the day after John Kelly, Trump's Chief of Staff, told Manigault Newman she had to leave, yet it sounds like Trump had no part in the decision to fire her. 

This incident has pushed many to wonder who's really making the decisions in the White House. If Trump is to be believed, someone else clearly decided Manigault Newman had to go, so how many other decisions are resolved by the people surrounding the president?

Given his proximity to the situation, Kelly is an obvious choice, as is Vice President Mike Pence, who has a considerably longer political history than Trump. Even some of the people Trump has fired, such as his old attorney Michael Cohen, could still be theoretically pulling a few strings here and there. 

However, it's possible no one in the White House has greater practical authority than President Trump himself. Perhaps his lack of knowledge regarding the Manigault Newman situation was an unfortunate, one-time lapse in communication (or maybe he just wanted her to blame someone else when they spoke in person).  

So what do you make of it all? Which political figures surrounding Trump's White House are actually making the tough calls? Vote up the individuals who seem to have an unusual amount of sway in the oval office

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    Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    President of Russia

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    Jared Kushner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Senior Advisor to the President, husband to Ivanka Trump

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    Sean Hannity is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Fox News host

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    Charles And David Koch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?
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    Charles And David Koch

    Oil tycoons, notable Conservative benefactors

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    Stephen Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Senior Advisor to the President, White House Director of Speechwriting

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    Steven Mnuchin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    US Secretary of the Treasury

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    Wayne LaPierre is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Chief Executive Officer of the NRA

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    Mitch McConnell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Senate Majority Leader

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    Mike Pence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Vice President of the United States

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    Mike Pompeo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    US Secretary of State

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    Rudy Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Former Mayor of New York City, personal attorney for President Trump

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    Donald Trump, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    President Trump's eldest son

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    Alex Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Host of radio program The Alex Jones Show

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    David Duke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?
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    David Duke

    Former Grand Wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives

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    Steve Bannon (Still) is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Former White House Chief Strategist

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    Ivanka Trump is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    American businesswoman, President Trump's daughter

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    Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    President of the United States

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    John R. Bolton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    US National Security Advisor

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    John F. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    White House Chief of Staff

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    Jim Mattis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    US Secretary of Defense

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    Kellyanne Conway is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Counselor to the President, previously Trump's campaign manager

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    Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    Supreme Leader of North Korea

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    Wilbur Ross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

     US Secretary of Commerce

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    Melania Trump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?

    First Lady of the United States

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    Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Do You Think Is Really Making Decisions In The White House?
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    Robert Mueller

    Special Counsel for the US Department of Justice

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