With thousands of federal workers engaged in ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in Florida, Texas, and across the region battered by recent hurricanes, Americans will soon be looking to Washington for vital assistance in rebuilding – as provided by government after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. But much of that hope resides in the Department of […]
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To the Wall Street billionaires, politicians, and captains of industry who surround the president, loyalty equates with obsequious, sycophantic praise for Trump himself.
Next to all the unqualified and unappetizing kooks in the Trump cabinet, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is eminently level-headed and, as Danziger notes, he understands that the most frightening threat to national security is not China or even Russia, but climate change.
While there is criticism of Chao, in particular on environmental issues, there is no significant opposition to her nomination and she is expected to be confirmed.
Trump cabinet vetting seems particularly weak, as Late Night host Seth Meyers notes, in a case like Rick Perry, who will take over the Energy Department and its responsibility for our nuclear arsenal — despite his “C” grades in high school physics and chemistry.
Sessions was responding to questions at a sometimes rowdy Senate confirmation hearing, the first in a series of hearings this week for Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. “End racism Stop Sessions” and “End hate Stop Sessions” read some of the signs carried by protesters.
Schumer said Trump’s nominees, many of whom have extensive business backgrounds at companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Goldman Sachs, should be carefully scrutinized to be sure they avoid conflicts of interest. He also confirmed that some of Trump’s nominees have not completed a review process conducted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.
While the president and vice president are largely exempt from government ethics rules, President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Cabinet isn’t.
Rick Perry has zero expertise or experience for the job he’s being handed, but he has beaucoup of both for the “job” he’s actually being empowered to do on the American people and our environment.
Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has no traditional experience in diplomacy after working for ExxonMobil for nearly three decades. There are also serious questions about the oil executive’s relations with Russia.
In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.
As America’s working stiffs know, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And now we know what Augustus Trumpus will be serving. Trump’s no populist, he’s a full-time corporatist.
A desire to fix any billionaire deficit may account for Trump’s decision to stock his administration with real-life tycoons. The way it works is that they cut him into their deals and he lets them influence tax and regulatory laws. This assumes that Trump might participate in such an unseemly trade, heaven forfend.
Steve Mnuchin was born into a family of Wall Street royalty, and he has made a career out of being “lucky.” In fact, Mnuchin has a long history of coming out ahead, even in questionable deals.
Dwight Eisenhower surrounded himself in the White House with such wealthy individuals that his Cabinet was mockingly referred to as “nine millionaires and a plumber.” President-elect Donald Trump is about to do him one better.
Mattis would be the first former U.S. general to become defense secretary since George C. Marshall took the job in 1950.
Rudy Giuliani’s self-serving bluster is so cringeworthy that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough literally groaned in pain at his latest antics.
Flynn’s appearances on Russia’s government-run broadcaster RT, particularly at a gala last year attended by President Vladimir Putin, have also raised eyebrows in military circles.