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Title: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 14, 2016, 02:41:48 PM
The first two.

Priebus Named Trump Chief of Staff, Bannon Chief Strategist
Sunday, 13 Nov 2016

President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday chose Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, the favorite of the party's establishment and a low-key Washington insider, to serve in the influential position of White House chief of staff.

The choice of Priebus, a loyal campaign ally to Trump who has close ties with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, signaled a willingness to work with Ryan and the Republican-led Congress to get his agenda passed.

The other front-runner for the job had been Stephen Bannon, Trump's campaign chairman and former head of the conservative Breitbart News. Trump named Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor.

"I am thrilled to have my very successful team continue with me in leading our country," Trump said in a statement. "Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory. Now I will have them both with me in the White House."
 
Trump, who will take office on Jan. 20 and will succeed Democratic President Barack Obama, has been working on his transition to the White House since Tuesday's election win over Democrat Hillary Clinton and contemplating the candidates for top jobs in his administration.

The chief of staff position, which serves as a gatekeeper and agenda-setter for the president, is typically one of the most important early choices for an incoming president.
 
The choice of Priebus as chief of staff could anger some Trump supporters counting on him, as he said during the campaign, to "drain the swamp" of business-as-usual Washington insiders.

Trump and his advisers already have signaled he may hedge on some of his major campaign promises, including on immigration, healthcare and appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Priebus-Trump-Chief-of-Staff-Bannon/2016/11/13/id/758641/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 14, 2016, 02:44:49 PM
Bolton would be a good choice IMO.

WSJ: Giuliani, Bolton in Lead for Secretary of State
By Greg Richter   |    Monday, 14 Nov 2016

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton are the leading candidates for secretary of state in the incoming Donald Trump administration, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources close to the process.

Giuliani, a longtime Trump friend who served as a campaign surrogate, has previously been announced as a possible attorney general candidate. Giuliani was a federal prosecutor before his election as mayor.

Asked about a possible role in the Trump White House on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Giuliani said, "I have a very, very full life. So it would have to be something where I felt he really needed me and — not that I'd be the only one that could do it, but maybe that I could do it a little bit different or a little bit better than somebody else."

Bolton, who served as U.N. ambassador in the George W. Bush administration, is a hawk on military issues and frequent Fox News guest who called for bombing Iran in 2015.

Bolton did not comment to the Journal, nor did the Trump transition team.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was named chief of staff on Sunday, and campaign CEO Stephen Bannon was named chief strategist. Fox News reported on Monday that other appointments could be coming on Sunday, but the Journal said its sources said the secretary of state position might not be filled for several weeks.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/rudy-giuliani-john-bolton-lead-secretary-of-state/2016/11/14/id/758817/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: SOMEPARTS on November 14, 2016, 03:02:01 PM
A Bushie like Bolton in there? Maybe if Rudy is put in another capacity...Rudy seems like AG material.

If they would put Gowdy in at AG rather than Rudy....well, that would be awesome.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 14, 2016, 03:04:38 PM
A Bushie like Bolton in there? Maybe if Rudy is put in another capacity...Rudy seems like AG material.

If they would put Gowdy in at AG rather than Rudy....well, that would be awesome.

Agree.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 14, 2016, 03:18:16 PM
Please God, Gowdy for AG!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 14, 2016, 03:20:54 PM
Please God, Gowdy for AG!


Rudy is my pick, but, I sure wouldn't be breaking out the Play Doh if it were Gowdy.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: WalterWhite on November 14, 2016, 03:28:17 PM
Sheriff Clark for homeland security please! :)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 14, 2016, 03:32:56 PM
Sheriff Clark for homeland security please! :)

Another name that has come up is former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.

One of those two could get the FBI spot.  No way Trump keeps Comey.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 14, 2016, 03:55:24 PM
Sheriff Clark for homeland security please! :)

Yep.  My newest man crush.  No homo . . . .


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on November 14, 2016, 03:56:20 PM
Sheriff Clark for homeland security please! :)


I'm glad he's finally agreeing to it!

I've got friends in Wisconsin, and we've discussed before Sheriff Clarke running for some kind of higher office. I was told that plenty of locals had encouraged him over the years, but he seemed content in and passionate about his current role as Sheriff.


Quote
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said in an interview Thursday, November 10th he was open to serving in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration if a position was offered.

http://fox6now.com/2016/11/13/milwaukee-county-sheriff-david-clarke-i-will-serve-if-trump-asks-me-to/ (http://fox6now.com/2016/11/13/milwaukee-county-sheriff-david-clarke-i-will-serve-if-trump-asks-me-to/)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 16, 2016, 07:01:45 PM
 :o  How can this be?  There are tapes of him having sex with hookers and a love child.  I read it right here on getbig.com.

Bloomberg Reporter: Cruz Under Consideration for AG
By Greg Richter   |   Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is under consideration for attorney general in Donald Trump's administration, a Bloomberg News reporter tweeted Tuesday night.

Cruz was seen earlier in the day visiting Trump Tower in Manhattan, where Trump's transition team is talking about Cabinet level positions.

Trump himself tweeted about 30 minutes after Jacobs announced her "scoop," saying he alone knows who will get job offers.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Trump supporter after dropping out of the race, said a Cruz hire would be "a big shock for me," considering the acrimony between Trump and Cruz during the GOP nomination process.

"We all ran together, but there was never a group hug that involved Ted Cruz," Huckabee said on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."

"I would be very surprised if that was the case," he said, but admitted, "This election has been made of surprises."

Cruz is not well-liked by his Senate colleagues on either side of the aisle, so if he is nominated, he might get 100 percent confirmation support, Huckabee said, "because he wouldn't be in the Senate, and they haven't been that happy with him being there."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/attorney-general-Ted-Cruz-Donald-Trump/2016/11/15/id/759095/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: SOMEPARTS on November 16, 2016, 08:11:06 PM
An executive bringing in talent is not a surprise. I will give Cruz credit for actually working. Risky for Cruz if he gets fired though...


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: SaintAnger on November 16, 2016, 11:24:41 PM
This is going to blow up in their faces.

This will be the last of the RNC for a long time.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 17, 2016, 02:34:41 AM
This is going to blow up in their faces.

This will be the last of the RNC for a long time.

Good thing they will be unopposed for 8 years.  8)

and then there will be fingerprints on the Supreme Court for decades to come  8)

Saintanger, I asked someone else this: Who are the DNC's up and coming leaders to take the party to the promise land again?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 17, 2016, 04:02:50 AM
Good thing they will be unopposed for 8 years.  8)

and then there will be fingerprints on the Supreme Court for decades to come  8)

Saintanger, I asked someone else this: Who are the DNC's up and coming leaders to take the party to the promise land again?

(https://i.sli.mg/csnXs7.png)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Grape Ape on November 17, 2016, 04:08:41 AM
This is going to blow up in their faces.

This will be the last of the RNC for a long time.

I believe I read that a few months ago too.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 17, 2016, 04:59:34 AM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cxdmk_FUcAE3Wo1.jpg)

I think I am okay with Trump's decision making and those he puts around him  8)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 17, 2016, 06:30:54 AM
Trump transition team announces five-year lobbying ban for appointees

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/17/trump-transition-team-announces-five-year-lobbying-ban-for-appointees.html (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/17/trump-transition-team-announces-five-year-lobbying-ban-for-appointees.html)

The drain has started.  8)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on November 17, 2016, 07:11:38 AM
I would love to have Cruz in there somewhere.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 17, 2016, 07:30:52 AM
I would love to have Cruz in there somewhere.

With his political aspirations, he's probably not interested in the Supreme Court. So, that leaves AG. I could live with that, even though he's my third choice behind Rudy and Gowdy.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mass243 on November 17, 2016, 09:23:41 AM

Very few women names circulating.
Who am I to say but women make up over 50% of population so there's a reason to listen to them too.
There are good females. Not all of them are angry feminists.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Howard on November 17, 2016, 09:26:32 AM
Please God, Gowdy for AG!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Gowdy

Great sports announcer , classic voice.
But since he's dead, I'd consider him a long shot.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: SOMEPARTS on November 17, 2016, 10:05:15 AM
Very few women names circulating.
Who am I to say but women make up over 50% of population so there's a reason to listen to them too.
There are good females. Not all of them are angry feminists.



Name 5 national-level female politicians that are suitable for a cabinet appointment....that were not backing Hillary or did publicly backed Trump. I'll bet you can't.



Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 17, 2016, 10:18:50 AM
The chica from Hawaii... will find name later.  She'd be perfect for something, I'd bet.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mass243 on November 17, 2016, 10:22:11 AM

Name 5 national-level female politicians that are suitable for a cabinet appointment....that were not backing Hillary or did publicly backed Trump. I'll bet you can't.



Personally I would nominate Mrs. Michele Bachmann in some important post  8)    :o

Michele Bachmann Tells Brody File: God Has Raised Up Trump To Be GOP Presidential Nominee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YUQ6qLplFM


Don't know the rest four


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 17, 2016, 10:24:46 AM
Ayotte was a flip flopper wasn't she?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 17, 2016, 10:27:50 AM
Very few women names circulating.
Who am I to say but women make up over 50% of population so there's a reason to listen to them too.
There are good females. Not all of them are angry feminists.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3944600/Donald-Trump-meet-Nikki-Haley-Manhattan-Thursday.html


That said, fuck this shit about hiring women just to hire women. Hire the best people, period.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on November 17, 2016, 10:37:42 AM
With his political aspirations, he's probably not interested in the Supreme Court. So, that leaves AG. I could live with that, even though he's my third choice behind Rudy and Gowdy.
Yes, I personally would prefer Gowdy/Cruz over Giulliani.

Conway said Trump is only considering those on his previous list for Supreme Court and Cruz wasn't on there.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 17, 2016, 10:43:29 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3944600/Donald-Trump-meet-Nikki-Haley-Manhattan-Thursday.html


That said, fuck this shit about hiring women just to hire women. Hire the best people, period.

Yes, fuck Nikki Haley. She's an idiot.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 17, 2016, 10:59:13 AM
Yes, I personally would prefer Gowdy/Cruz over Giulliani.

Conway said Trump is only considering those on his previous list for Supreme Court and Cruz wasn't on there.

Rudy doesn't seem to want the job. I'd take Gowdy over Cruz. I've watched a lot of his YouTubes and always come away extremely impressed:

He's also good friends with Jim Jordan:

James Daniel "Jim" Jordan (born February 17, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 4th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district is located in the north-central portion of the state and includes Lima, Tiffin, and Elyria.


Jordan was born and raised in Champaign County, Ohio and attended Graham High School, graduating in 1982. While at Graham, he was a four-time state wrestling champion with a career record of 150–1. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madisonin 1986, obtaining his bachelor's degree in economics. Jordan was a two-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion. In the 1985 NCAA championship match, Jordan defeated future two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion John Smith.[1] He later earned a master's degree in education from the Ohio State University in Columbus, and in 2001 obtained his J.D. degree from Capital University, also in Columbus. Before entering politics, he was an assistant wrestling coach with the Ohio State University wrestling program.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Howard on November 17, 2016, 11:27:01 AM
Personally I would nominate Mrs. Michele Bachmann in some important post  8)    :o

Michele Bachmann Tells Brody File: God Has Raised Up Trump To Be GOP Presidential Nominee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YUQ6qLplFM


Don't know the rest four


great logic...GOD is responsible  ;D

I wouldn't trust her fixing a kitchen cabinet.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 17, 2016, 11:34:19 AM
Tulsi Gabbard is the woman from Hawaii.  She's legit independent-minded and deserves a good place.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on November 17, 2016, 03:13:28 PM
great logic...GOD is responsible  ;D

I wouldn't trust her fixing a kitchen cabinet.


Logic...

Howard, I'm "still" looking for the mod who deleted all of your posts in that other thread.
And, when I find out who it was, I will expose that vile, POS scum here so that we can restore your "integrity."

Don't worry... I saved screenshots of the original posts for posterity, and can/will repost them on command.

I KNOW for certain that you would never delete shameful posts admitting blatantly stupid actions and then blame a team of moderators for the deletions.

Troll on...
I got your back, buddy!!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 17, 2016, 06:02:36 PM
Tulsi Gabbard is the woman from Hawaii.  She's legit independent-minded and deserves a good place.

I voted for her again, but no way does she leave her safe spot to serve in a Trump administration.  She's going to be either Senator or Governor at some point.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 17, 2016, 06:04:02 PM
Trump reportedly offers Flynn post of national security adviser
Published November 17, 2016 
FoxNews.com

President-elect Donald Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the post of national security adviser, the Associated Press reported Thursday evening.

The AP report cited a senior Trump official, who did not say whether Flynn had accepted the job.

Flynn, who served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) between 2012 and 2014, has advised Trump on national security issues for months. As national security adviser, he would work in the White House and have frequent access to the president.

After leaving the DIA, Flynn became a virulent critic of the Obama administration and the Pentagon. He took issue with a wide range of national security policies, including the administration's approach to fighting ISIS and, more generally, its handling of global affairs.

In recent public comments, including his fiery address at July's Republican National Convention, Flynn has emphasized his view that the threat posed by ISIS requires a more aggressive U.S. military, as well as his belief that Washington should work more closely with Moscow.

Flynn is also a champion of renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal, another foreign policy theme Trump pushed during the campaign.

Two sources told Fox News earlier this week that Flynn was in line for the national security adviser position, which does not require confirmation by the Senate. Whoever holds it is typically shielded from congressional requests to testify or produce documents.

The sources said Flynn's potential appointment is seen by Trump's team as a way to tap into his national security expertise, without subjecting him to intensive questioning.

Flynn's military experience might have made him seem like a natural choice to lead the Pentagon. But without a waiver from Congress, he is not eligible to be secretary of defense because federal law says "a person may not be appointed as secretary of defense within seven years after relief from active duty as a commissioned officer."

During the campaign, Flynn was thought of as a potential running mate for Trump. However, he appeared to fall out of favor after implying that he was pro-choice in a television interview.

FLYNN CLARIFIES HIS ABORTION STANCE, SAYS HE'S 'PRO-LIFE'

Flynn told ABC's "This Week" in July that women "have to make the decision [on abortion] because they are the ones that are going to decide to bring up that child or not." The day after the interview aired, he told Fox News that he was a "pro-life Democrat."

With his public and fervent support for Trump, highlighted by his July convention appearance, Flynn challenged the military's apolitical traditions. He was not alone in that role. John Allen, a retired Marine general, spoke at the Democratic National Convention as a Hillary Clinton supporter. Their former colleague, retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, wrote in The Washington Post that Flynn and Allen were wrong to have participated as they did.

"The military is not a political prize," Dempsey wrote. "The American people should not wonder where their military leaders draw the line between military advice and political preference."

Flynn would not be the first retired general to be asked to serve as part of a president's national security team. Obama appointed retired Army Gen. David Petraeus as CIA director in 2011.

Colin Powell, who had served as chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff at the pinnacle of his Army career, became secretary of state during President George W. Bush's first term. He also served as national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to 1989 while retaining his Army commission as a lieutenant general.

Retired Marine Gen. James Jones, a former commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Europe, served as Obama's first national security adviser.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/17/trump-reportedly-offers-flynn-post-national-security-adviser.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 17, 2016, 07:41:37 PM
The fact he is considering Cruz and Romney says a lot about how Trump is able to not hold grudges.  Very impressive quality.  And if the reports are accurate, these would be two outstanding selections.

NBC: Trump to Meet With Romney to Discuss Secretary of State
Thursday, 17 Nov 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will meet with Mitt Romney this weekend to discuss the Cabinet position of secretary of state, CNBC reports.

CNN also reported that the two will talk about governing moving forward and a possible Cabinet position for Romney, though the position was not specified.

NBC News quoted as source close to Trump who has direct knowledge of Trump's thinking as saying secretary of state is the position to be discussed on Sunday.

Romney, the GOP nominee in 2012, was one of Trump's fiercest critics throughout the primaries and presidential election season, refusing to endorse him.

In a March speech, Romney called Trump a "con man" and a "fraud." Then in June, Romney told CNN that a Trump victory would lead to "trickle-down racism."

Despite all of that, Romney called Trump to congratulate him on his victory over Hillary Clinton.

The former Massachusetts governor also tweeted out a note of congrats:

"Best wishes for our duly elected president."

Romney's father George was also a politician, first serving as the governor of Michigan from 1963-1969 and then as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1969-1973 under President Richard Nixon.

Nixon, as it turns out, has been in the news this week as President-elect Donald Trump works on choosing the people who will work in his cabinet — under intense scrutiny and media reports — after he won last week's election. Nixon, according to Fox News, announced all of his cabinet picks six weeks after the 1968 election.

Trump has announced two choices: senior adviser Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Trump-Romney/2016/11/17/id/759457/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 18, 2016, 07:54:18 AM
Alabama senator Sessions accepts attorney general offer in Trump administration
Published November 18, 2016 
FoxNews.com

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, who jumped aboard the Donald Trump train long before the real estate mogul sewed up the Republican nomination, on Friday accepted the offer for attorney general, Fox News has confirmed.

Sessions, 69, who advised Trump on immigration during the bruising campaign, was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1981 to 1993 before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. He was re-elected to a fourth term in 2014.

Sessions was famously photographed in a "Make America Great Again" baseball cap at an August, 2015 Trump rally, and formally endorsed Trump on Feb. 28, 2016. His longtime spokesman, Stephen Miller, later joined the Trump campaign as a senior adviser.

Should Sessions accept the post, it would be the first of Trump's cabinet choices. Trump has named Republican National Committeechairman Reince Priebus as chief of staff and former Breitbart news executive Stephen Bannon to a senior advisory post.

The appointment to attorney general would be subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, where Sessions' Republican colleagues hold a majority and would be expected to affirm the choice.

On Thursday, Fox News reported that former Gen. Michael Flynn has been offered the position of National Security Adviser, a role that is not subject to the confirmation process.

The attorney general's role would be the first of several Trump nominations expected to be announced in the coming days and weeks. Several candidates from the Republican bench - including many of Trump's rivals for the GOP nomination, have been floated for roles in the incoming administration.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was believed to have been in the running for the attorney general position, and other prominent Republicans, including Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach have been floated as possible cabinet choices.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Mitt Romney over the weekend. Romney ran for president in 2008 and 2012 and was a fierce and vocal critic of Trump from the sidelines over the last year. Speculation that Romney is in the mix for secretary of state has been reported, but the president-elect's team has not confirmed what the two will discuss.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/18/alabama-senator-sessions-offered-attorney-general-post-in-trump-administration.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: SOMEPARTS on November 18, 2016, 11:44:21 AM
What I see is Trump hiring people who can work in the system but still can implement his policy and say "screw you" to the opposition with a smile.

Remember the first detractions against Trump as it became real that he would be elected was that he couldn't govern, etc. These types of appointees fix that issue.

I'm surprised after that speech that Romney made about Trump that he would make use of him.  However, the move consolidates power within the party and also puts Trump firmly in control.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 18, 2016, 05:00:51 PM
I voted for her again, but no way does she leave her safe spot to serve in a Trump administration.  She's going to be either Senator or Governor at some point.

Yes, just wishful thinking.  She's good.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Irongrip400 on November 18, 2016, 10:19:24 PM
Where's Guliani fit in? Secretary of State? Is the Romney Cruz thing a smoke screen?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: AbrahamG on November 18, 2016, 11:58:59 PM
I voted for her again, but no way does she leave her safe spot to serve in a Trump administration.  She's going to be either Senator or Governor at some point.

You guys confuse me.  She's closer to Bernie than anything conservative.  Make me understand.  Splain it to me.  Please.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 19, 2016, 04:30:34 AM
You guys confuse me.  She's closer to Bernie than anything conservative.  Make me understand.  Splain it to me.  Please.

This article explains it quite nicely. But, don't worry. Obama's good enough. He's smart enough, and, gosh darnit people like him!


https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/obama-leaves-democratic-party-in-shambles/

The outgoing president will leave the GOP with historic control of government at every level.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 21, 2016, 05:46:43 AM
Remember when that "racist" Jeff Sessions marched burned a cross at Selma w/ current Civil Rights Leaders.

(https://i.redd.it/zd6snhqnxyyx.jpg)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 21, 2016, 06:13:59 AM
Trump put out a tweet complimentary to Schumer. I read that as Schumer isn't gonna be a problem. Gee, I wonder why ;)


Will Weiner's Mentor Abandon Him?
LLOYD GROVE
06.10.11 7:55 AM ET
Anthony Weiner’s former boss and longtime mentor, Sen. Chuck Schumer, is perhaps the only New York politician who could persuade the embattled congressman to resign.
But even as House and Senate Democrats from around the country are lining up to call for Weiner’s head in the wake of revelations that he’s been promiscuously lying about his rampant sexting, the seven-term congressman is clinging to his seat in New York’s 9th congressional district and Schumer has shown no inclination to give his protégé the push.


“The feeling seems to be that the only way Weiner will resign is Schumer telling him to leave,” says a well-connected New York Democratic political consultant, who asked for anonymity because of the delicacy of the situation. “That’s the only circumstance people can imagine because their relationship is so close—and it will only happen if Weiner’s mentor abandons him.”


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 21, 2016, 10:21:55 AM
You guys confuse me.  She's closer to Bernie than anything conservative.  Make me understand.  Splain it to me.  Please.

She backed Bernie over Hillary, because she knows fraud when she sees it -- and she saw that in Hillary.  She is a realist on immigration, as well.

And she understands that Obama isn't performing right when it comes to handling the likes of ISIS.  She's tired of the bullshit and she says so.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 21, 2016, 10:40:03 AM
WTF? I just saw the Naked Cowboy going into Trump Tower.

What kind of post could this guy get?


(http://thecomicscomic.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54ed02a67883301348121867e970c-pi)


I get it. He's done it before. He's just trying to get on TV. Not a bad idea. Dude knows how to promote himself.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 21, 2016, 10:41:56 AM
She backed Bernie over Hillary, because she knows fraud when she sees it -- and she saw that in Hillary.  She is a realist on immigration, as well.

And she understands that Obama isn't performing right when it comes to handling the likes of ISIS.  She's tired of the bullshit and she says so.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxzRNivXUAAwn9E.jpg)

Yup; was shitted on by DNC in Podesta Wikileaks for support of Bernie (see above)

She SHOULD be the DNC's rising star. Straight shooter.



Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 21, 2016, 01:17:30 PM
Lol... Kris Kobach, who is in running for Secretary of Homeland Security

(https://i.sli.mg/YfplQ8.jpg)

Getting briefed on a WALL! A RAPID BUILD! Patriot Act to kick out illegal immigrants???  :o :o :o :o

I can't wait for the media shitstorm! I will basque in it's pettiness!

All hail Kek!!!!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 21, 2016, 01:19:36 PM
(https://i.sli.mg/eu4ADA.jpg)

Buy concrete futures now bitches! Sell your pesos!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 21, 2016, 01:38:54 PM
Trump transition: Will General 'Mad Dog' Mattis lead Pentagon?

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38056197 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38056197)

"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."

Gen James Mattis, in his own words
"I don't lose any sleep at night over the potential for failure. I cannot even spell the word."
"The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot."
"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you [expletive] with me, I'll kill you all."
"The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears."
"There is nothing better than getting shot at and missed. It's really great."
"I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years."

"You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil.
"You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them."


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 21, 2016, 01:40:53 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CxzRNivXUAAwn9E.jpg)

Yup; was shitted on by DNC in Podesta Wikileaks for support of Bernie (see above)

She SHOULD be the DNC's rising star. Straight shooter.



It would have been so easy for most individuals to 'go with the flow' of money and just say "my integrity doesn't mean much in the big picture, so what the hay" and they do it every day, all the time.  

Tulsi Gabbard is a real stand-out, honestly interested in fixing the country, and clearly she stands for what she believes in.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 22, 2016, 02:45:23 PM
 :o

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/why-democratic-rep-tulsi-gabbard-met-donald-trump-n686976


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 23, 2016, 09:55:17 AM
Another instance of Trump putting aside the campaign attacks and not holding grudges.  I'm impressed, again.  I'm really rooting for Romney as Secretary of State and Mattis as SecDef.   

Trump chooses South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as UN ambassador
Published November 23, 2016 
FoxNews.com

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chose South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be his selection as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Haley was an outspoken Trump critic throughout much of his campaign, yet she's now poised to be the first female Cabinet-level official in the Trump administration. Haley still needs Senate confirmation to take the post.

"Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country," Trump said in a statement. "She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage."

A Trump spokesperson said Wednesday that Trump and Haley had "natural chemistry" when they met on Thursday and her selection as UN ambassador was an easy choice.

Born in South Carolina and of Indian descent, Haley is the second Asian-American to serve as U.S. governor, following ex-Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

"Our country faces enormous challenges here at home and internationally, and I am honored that the President-elect has asked me to join his team and serve the country we love as the next Ambassador to the United Nations," Haley said.

Haley drew praise for her handling of the aftermath of the Emanuel AME Church mass shooting in Charleston, which stirred racial tensions after nine black parishioners were gunned down by an accused white shooter who allegedly wanted to start a race war. She also presided over the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina state house grounds.

In January, Haley, who was beginning to earn buzz as a possible vice presidential pick, delivered the Republican response to President Obama's final State of the Union address. Parts of her speech, however, were viewed as a rebuke not only of Obama, but also of Trump.

"During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices," Haley said. "We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country."
CARSON SAYS TRUMP HAS OFFERED HIM HUD SECRETARY

Early in the Republican primary, Haley campaigned for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio before going on to support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Though she never appeared to totally warm to the eventual GOP nominee, she did say she would vote for Trump.

"This is no longer a choice for me on personalities because I’m not a fan of either one," Haley said in October. "What it is about is policy."

Haley, 44, met with Trump on Thursday and said they had a “very nice” conversation. The following day, during a speech to the Federalist Society's National Lawyer's Association, Haley talked about Trump's unusual path to the presidency.

"President-elect Trump deserves tremendous credit for the way he was able to connect with the electorate, but he did not do it by celebrating the Republican Party," she said. "And the American people did not vote for him because he had an 'R' next to his name."

She was generally endorsed for a spot on Trump's team by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, himself a frequent Republican critic of Trump.

"She’s done a good job as governor of South Carolina," Graham told the News & Observer. "She’s talented, capable and would do a good job in any assignment given to her."

Her new job clears the way for Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster to step into the role of South Carolina governor. McMaster was an early Trump endorser, backing him before the state's GOP primary in February.

The potential addition of Haley to Trump's team highlights a series of diverse candidates that Trump has considered for various cabinet spots. Dr. Ben Carson said he had been offered the position of Housing and Urban Development secretary and Trump has also met with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hi.

Gabbard and former diplomat Ric Grenell had been rumored to be among the candidates for the UN ambassador job.

A Trump spokesperson said at least one other cabinet position could be announced later Wednesday. Though no specific names or departments were mentioned, former Gov. and presidential nominee Mitt Romney is being considered for Secretary of State and retired Gen. James Mattis is in contention for Secretary of Defense. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Dr. Ben Carson and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are among other high profile figures who've met with Trump recently.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/23/trump-chooses-south-carolina-gov-nikki-haley-as-un-ambassador.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 23, 2016, 10:30:05 AM
Carson: I'm Ready to Help Trump Make 'Our Inner Cities Great'
Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

Former Republican rival-turned-supporter Ben Carson on Wednesday said he could serve a role under Donald Trump after talks with the president-elect's team.

Carson had been offered the job leading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a Carson spokesman said on Tuesday.

"After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone," Carson wrote on Facebook.

Dr. Ben Carson
Winning the presidential election was only the first step for those who love traditional America and do not wish to fundamentally change it. Now the hard work begins of restoring the values that made us great. We must bring back the compassion and the unity that empowers us and banish the divisiveness that weakens us. After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone. We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid. An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/carson-trump-hud/2016/11/23/id/760401/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 23, 2016, 10:31:13 AM
Trump Taps Michigan Republican DeVos for Education Secretary
Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has picked wealthy Republican donor and school choice advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the U.S. Education Department, a post she has accepted, according to media reports on Wednesday.

DeVos, former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, met with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Saturday and discussed "the Common Core mission, and setting higher national standards and promoting the growth of school choice across the nation," according to a Trump transition team statement.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-devos/2016/11/23/id/760420/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 23, 2016, 10:34:19 AM
Romney over Rudy.  Not even close IMO.  Rudy should be Director of Homeland Security. 

'Tug of War' Between Giuliani, Romney Over State Department
Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is leaning toward tapping Mitt Romney to be his secretary of state, but some on his team are urging him to pick former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,  The Wall Street Journal reports.

The internal tug-of-war between supporters of the former Massachusetts governor and those pushing for the selection of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,  has delayed the selection, the Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich said Monday he thought there were "huge advantages" to selecting Giuliani.

"I think that, if you want someone who is going to go out and be a very tough negotiator for America and represent American interest in the way that Trump campaigned, I think that probably Rudy is a better pick and has the right temperament," the former House Speaker said.

Trump is also likely to name retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense, while South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is the leading candidate to be the next ambassador to the United Nations, the Journal reported.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller told the Journal "absolutely no decision has been made" on secretary of state.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/donald-trump-leaning-mitt-romney-secretary/2016/11/22/id/760264/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 23, 2016, 02:17:02 PM
Carson: I'm Ready to Help Trump Make 'Our Inner Cities Great'
Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

Former Republican rival-turned-supporter Ben Carson on Wednesday said he could serve a role under Donald Trump after talks with the president-elect's team.

Carson had been offered the job leading the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a Carson spokesman said on Tuesday.

"After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone," Carson wrote on Facebook.

Dr. Ben Carson
Winning the presidential election was only the first step for those who love traditional America and do not wish to fundamentally change it. Now the hard work begins of restoring the values that made us great. We must bring back the compassion and the unity that empowers us and banish the divisiveness that weakens us. After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone. We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid. An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/carson-trump-hud/2016/11/23/id/760401/


Dr. Carson accepted!

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Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 24, 2016, 12:44:52 PM
Wilber Ross to be Commerce Secretary

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump is expected to select as commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor who became known as the “king of bankruptcy” for buying, restructuring and selling off steel makers and other fading industrial companies, officials on the transition team said on Thursday.

After choosing national security hard-liners for some of his earliest appointments, Mr. Trump is now turning to a group of ultrawealthy conservatives to help steer administration policy.

In addition to Mr. Ross, a generous contributor to his campaign, Mr. Trump is likely to choose Todd Ricketts, a Republican megadonor who is an owner of the Chicago Cubs and whose father founded TD Ameritrade, to be the deputy commerce secretary, the officials said. And on Wednesday, Mr. Trump said he would name Betsy DeVos, a school choice activist and Republican fund-raiser, as his education secretary.

Mr. Ross, 78, an economic adviser to Mr. Trump’s campaign whose fortune is estimated by Forbes to be $2.9 billion, is aligned with Mr. Trump on trade. He says the United States must free itself from the “bondage” of “bad trade agreements,” and he has advocated threats of steep tariffs on Chinese goods. Mr. Ross, the chairman of the private equity firm WL Ross & Company, has also pressed for cutting the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, from 35 percent, and reducing taxes and regulations on energy companies.

During the general election, he hosted at least one fund-raiser for Mr. Trump at his home in the Hamptons. There, Mr. Trump, who at the time was pondering his choice for a running mate, turned his deliberations into a party game, soliciting opinions from the donors in attendance.

Mr. Ross also owns a waterfront estate in Palm Beach, Fla., down the road from Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump’s club, which is expected to be his White House getaway, and where the president-elect was spending Thanksgiving with his family.

If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Ross would succeed another wealthy campaign donor at the helm of an agency charged with promoting American commercial interests and trade around the world. Penny Pritzker, President Obama’s commerce secretary, is a billionaire entrepreneur who was an early financial backer of Mr. Obama and is an heiress to the Hyatt Hotels fortune.

Unlike Mr. Trump and Mr. Ross, Ms. Pritzker has been a leading proponent of forging new free-trade agreements. One of her top priorities was the completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping 12-nation accord that Mr. Trump has promised to scrap.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 25, 2016, 11:24:56 AM
Donald Trump names K.T. McFarland to national security team

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump has named K.T. McFarland, an aide to three Republican White Houses and a frequent Fox News commentator, to the position of deputy national security adviser, as he continues to fill his foreign policy staff with aides who have hard-line views on the fight against terrorism.

The choice of McFarland was confirmed Friday morning by Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the president-elect’s choice for national security adviser.

Quote
So proud & honored to have KT McFarland as part of our National Security team. She will help us #MAGA— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) November 25, 2016

The transition team also confirmed the selection in a statement released Friday afternoon.“She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe,” Trump said in the statement.

Like Flynn, McFarland has been highly critical of President Barack Obama’s approach to combating terrorism, saying he has not acknowledged the threat that global Islamism poses to Western civilization.

McFarland’s selection comes as Trump and his team remain locked in a debate over appointing a secretary of state, the most important foreign policy job in the administration. Aides to Trump have said a decision on that post may not come until next week at the earliest.The dispute centers on whether Trump should select Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani for the Cabinet position. It remains possible, Trump’s advisers said, that the job could go to someone else, like Gen. John F. Kelly, a Marine who led the U.S. Southern Command under Obama.

Rival camps within Trump’s orbit have split over the decision, tracing many of the same battle lines that divided the Republican Party in its bitter struggle over Trump’s nomination.

Some Republicans with Trump’s ear, like Newt Gingrich and Stephen K. Bannon, the president-elect’s chief strategist, have voiced concerns that Romney’s vehement opposition to Trump during the primary campaign raises questions of his loyalty.

Others, like Vice President-elect Mike Pence, have said privately that Giuliani might not be a wise choice, given the questions over his outside income, which would be likely to complicate his Senate confirmation.

McFarland, who will not require Senate confirmation, worked for the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administrations. From 1970 to 1976, she was an adviser to Henry A. Kissinger on the National Security Council. She also ran unsuccessfully in a 2006 Republican Senate primary race for the seat held by Hillary Clinton.

(Boston Globe)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 26, 2016, 06:38:29 PM
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher tweeted:

Quote
I have been told that I am under consideration to join President Trump’s team as Secretary of State.  While my present intention, of course, is to continue to fight for liberty and freedom as a member of the House of Representatives, as a strong supporter of President-Elect Trump’s vision for America, it would be a privilege and an honor to serve as his Secretary of State.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 28, 2016, 03:51:04 PM
Trump: 'Very impressed' with Petraeus as he weighs top diplomat job
By Steve Holland and Melissa Fares
Reuters
November 28, 2016
By Steve Holland and Melissa Fares

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump stepped up his search on Monday for a new U.S. secretary of state, with the focus on David Petraeus, a former U.S. military commander in Iraq whose mishandling of classified information led to his resignation as CIA chief in 2012.

"Just met with General Petraeus--was very impressed!" Trump said on Twitter shortly after Petraeus, a retired general, left an hour-long meeting with the Republican winner of the Nov. 8 election at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Trump's consideration of Petraeus, who has also been mentioned as a contender for the top job at the Pentagon - adds a new layer of drama to his unusually public deliberations over the top diplomatic job for his administration.

Petraeus, who led international forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $100,000 last year for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified information.

He admitted sharing classified information with his biographer, with whom he was having an affair. The scandal forced Petraeus to resign from the CIA in 2012.

Petraeus said after meeting Trump that the New York businessman "basically walked us around the world" in their discussion. "He showed a great grasp of the variety of challenges that are out there and some of the opportunities as well," Petraeus told reporters.

Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, plans to hold talks with Mitt Romney on Tuesday in his second recent meeting with the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

A Republican source close to the transition team said it had appeared late last week that Trump was leaning toward choosing Romney as his secretary of state but that the appearance of Petraeus at Trump Tower suggested the president-elect was still undecided and casting a wider net for the position.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are also in the mix for the job of America's top diplomat, Trump aides say.

Frances Townsend, a national security aide during the administration of Republican President George W. Bush, also met Trump on Monday.

PETRAEUS TROUBLES

Petraeus' past mishandling of classified documents is unlikely to be an obstacle to Trump offering him a top government post, said a source who has advised the transition team on national security. That is despite Trump harshly criticizing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton during the election campaign for using a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Trump often compared the prosecution of Petraeus with the lack of legal action against Clinton, who was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but never charged with any offense.

"Just based on his public statements, I think (Trump) sees Petraeus as a good man who made a mistake, who did a fraction of what other people have done and received a lot more punishment,"

said a source who has advised the transition team on national security.

Among the Trump transition team, Petraeus and Romney are supported by Republicans looking for a candidate with gravitas who can unify the party, the source said.

Giuliani is favored by loyalists who worked on the election campaign. Kellyanne Conway, his campaign manager, has said Romney would cause a backlash among his supporters.

Ideological conservatives hope Trump picks John Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations, the source said. Corker is well regarded, but some in the Trump camp do not want too many senators coming into the Cabinet, the source said.

Trump arrived back in New York on Sunday after several days in Florida for Thanksgiving. He caused a stir on Sunday when he alleged on Twitter that “serious voter fraud” had occurred in the presidential election in New Hampshire, Virginia, and California - states won by Clinton - but provided no evidence to back his assertion.

The White House said on Monday there had been no evidence of widespread election fraud in the presidential contest, and all three states rejected Trump's allegation.

New Hampshire's deputy secretary of state, David Scanlan, said: “There’s no evidence that we’ve seen that supports claims like that. Voter fraud does occur, but it occurs in isolated instances.”

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla called Trump's allegations unsubstantiated and Virginia Commissioner of Elections Edgardo Cortes said they were unfounded.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-steps-search-secretary-state-meet-petraeus-180957953.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 28, 2016, 05:04:21 PM
Lou Barletta to meet with Trump tomorrow, about Transportation Secretary spot.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 28, 2016, 05:13:57 PM
Romney scheduled to have return meeting with Trump, tomorrow.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 28, 2016, 05:47:22 PM
Tom Price likely to become Health Secretary.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 29, 2016, 09:04:22 AM
Donald Trump taps Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary

Former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao will be Mr. Trump’s Transportation Secretary, a senior transition source confirmed to CBS News’ Major Garrett.

The appointment is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon.

Chao, who served as Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, is the first Asian-American woman to ever hold a Cabinet-level position. She served in the role from 2001 to 2009 -- the only member of Bush’s Cabinet to serve through his entire eight years in the White House.

Before serving as Labor Secretary, Chao ran the United Way of America, was director of the Peace Corps and served as deputy Treasury Secretary under President George H.W. Bush.

Born in Taiwan, Chao moved to the United States when she was eight years old. She is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).






 >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( This isn't draining the swamp.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on November 29, 2016, 10:04:28 AM
The Big Problem with Trump’s Billionaire-Filled Cabinet

The biggest mystery underlying the Trump phenomenon has been why more than 62 million Americans, many of whom have legitimate beefs about the newfangled digital economy, decided to vote for a billionaire who surrounds himself with other billionaires—many of whom profited off the same factors that undergirded their misery. Why in the world did they ever think that a billionaire reality-TV star who lives in a pink-marble mausoleum high above Fifth Avenue, has mansions in Palm Beach, Florida, and Bedford, New York, and flies around the country on his own private 757 would ever care one whit about them? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Hillary Clinton ever evidenced any concern about out-of-work coal miners or steel workers, either. It’s not completely illogical that between these two, there were plenty of people who decided they might as well go with the candidate who promised to blow things up. After all, as Trump said to one group of African-Americans after another, “What do you have to lose?”

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/the-big-problem-with-trumps-billionaire-filled-cabinet?mbid=nl_TH_583cb36d0fd158c6587ec254&CNDID=17877087&spMailingID=9952184&spUserID=MTMzMTgyNDA4NjQ5S0&spJobID=1042223204&spReportId=MTA0MjIyMzIwNAS2 (http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/the-big-problem-with-trumps-billionaire-filled-cabinet?mbid=nl_TH_583cb36d0fd158c6587ec254&CNDID=17877087&spMailingID=9952184&spUserID=MTMzMTgyNDA4NjQ5S0&spJobID=1042223204&spReportId=MTA0MjIyMzIwNAS2)

This article is a good read and clearly gives us regular folks something to think about....like higher taxes.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: James on November 29, 2016, 11:29:44 AM


>:( >:( >:( >:( >:( This isn't draining the swamp.

True but Chao joins the Senate Majority Leader to President Trump’s hip right from the gitgo, and nearly guarantees that Mitch delivers the entire GOP Senate to Trump on nearly every issue for four years.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on November 29, 2016, 01:38:41 PM
>:( >:( >:( >:( >:( This isn't draining the swamp.

Nope. More like mucking it up.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 29, 2016, 02:00:30 PM
True but Chao joins the Senate Majority Leader to President Trump’s hip right from the gitgo, and nearly guarantees that Mitch delivers the entire GOP Senate to Trump on nearly every issue for four years.

Hope you are correct.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 29, 2016, 02:13:09 PM
The Big Problem with Trump’s Billionaire-Filled Cabinet

The biggest mystery underlying the Trump phenomenon has been why more than 62 million Americans, many of whom have legitimate beefs about the newfangled digital economy, decided to vote for a billionaire who surrounds himself with other billionaires—many of whom profited off the same factors that undergirded their misery. Why in the world did they ever think that a billionaire reality-TV star who lives in a pink-marble mausoleum high above Fifth Avenue, has mansions in Palm Beach, Florida, and Bedford, New York, and flies around the country on his own private 757 would ever care one whit about them? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting that Hillary Clinton ever evidenced any concern about out-of-work coal miners or steel workers, either. It’s not completely illogical that between these two, there were plenty of people who decided they might as well go with the candidate who promised to blow things up. After all, as Trump said to one group of African-Americans after another, “What do you have to lose?”

http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/the-big-problem-with-trumps-billionaire-filled-cabinet?mbid=nl_TH_583cb36d0fd158c6587ec254&CNDID=17877087&spMailingID=9952184&spUserID=MTMzMTgyNDA4NjQ5S0&spJobID=1042223204&spReportId=MTA0MjIyMzIwNAS2 (http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/the-big-problem-with-trumps-billionaire-filled-cabinet?mbid=nl_TH_583cb36d0fd158c6587ec254&CNDID=17877087&spMailingID=9952184&spUserID=MTMzMTgyNDA4NjQ5S0&spJobID=1042223204&spReportId=MTA0MjIyMzIwNAS2)

This article is a good read and clearly gives us regular folks something to think about....like higher taxes.

No one gives a shit what "Sloppy"  Graydon Carter thinks, especially Trump.

Since you seem just as clueless as fat POS Carter as to why Trump relates well to the working class, it's his business: Real Estate Development and Management. Even at his level, you deal with tradesmen, construction workers and maintenance people. A magazine editor like Carter can't understand that and apparently neither can you.



Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 29, 2016, 02:47:59 PM
Steven Mnuchin Is Donald Trump’s Expected Choice for Treasury Secretary

WASHINGTON — Steven Terner Mnuchin, a financier with deep roots on Wall Street and in Hollywood but no government experience, is expected to be named Donald J. Trump’s Treasury secretary as soon as Wednesday, sources close to the transition say.

Mr. Mnuchin, 53, was the national finance chairman for Mr. Trump’s campaign. He began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he became a partner, before creating his own hedge fund, moving to the West Coast and entering the first rank of movie financiers by bankrolling hits like the “X-Men” franchise and “Avatar.”

As Treasury secretary, Mr. Mnuchin would play an important role in shaping the administration’s economic policies, including a package of promised tax cuts, increased spending on infrastructure and changes in the terms of foreign trade. He could also help lead any effort to roll back President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran and opening to Cuba by reimposing sanctions on Tehran and Havana.

His selection fits uneasily with much of Mr. Trump’s campaign rhetoric attacking the financial industry. Mr. Trump, in a campaign ad intended as a closing argument, portrayed the chief executive of Goldman Sachs as the personification of a global elite that the ad said had “robbed our working class.”


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 29, 2016, 03:09:09 PM
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Lou Barletta to meet with Trump tomorrow, about Transportation Secretary spot.

(https://s18.postimg.org/49p4jtj15/barletta2.jpg)

Congressman Lou Barletta Meets with Donald Trump in New York City

NEW YORK — Congressman Lou Barletta from Hazleton left his meeting with Donald Trump and said the two talked about his role after Trump takes office, but it’s not the role some were speculating Barletta might get.

Barletta met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City Tuesday afternoon.

Many speculated that Barletta could be offered secretary of transportation.

But Trump said on Tuesday he picked former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao for that.

Instead, Barletta said secretary of labor is the position Trump discussed with him.

“We talked about the great win in Pennsylvania, the fact that Pennsylvania threw him over the top. We talked about that, but mainly his ideas moving forward, and the role I could play in Congress, or in labor, or some other role,” Barletta said.

Barletta said secretary of labor is something he’s going to consider.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 29, 2016, 03:16:56 PM
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"Marilyn sent me!"

Dan Quayle enters Trump Tower, goes mostly unnoticed

NEW YORK -- Indianapolis-native and former vice president Dan Quayle entered Trump Tower for discussions with the president-elect Tuesday, and his entrance went mostly unnoticed by the row of press that occupies the lobby of the building.

“The press pen did not initially recognize him and did not ask any questions. However, Sean Spicer just confirmed to your pooler that it was Quayle,” said a pool report Tuesday afternoon.

The report initially listed an “unidentified man” entering Trump Tower at 1:47 p.m. with Kellyanne Conway, President-elect Donald Trump's campaign manager.

The pool report said a source confirmed that Quayle had breakfast with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Tuesday morning.

Quayle says he stopped by Trump Tower to offer President-elect Trump best wishes.

He told reporters Tuesday that he offered "personal congratulations" to Trump after speaking recently by phone. He said he "supported" Trump during the election.

Quayle served as Indiana's Attorney general, as George H.W. Bush's vice president from 1989-1993 and sought the presidential nomination in 2000, but ultimately withdrew and supported George W. Bush. He has been mostly out of the political spotlight since.

Quayle endorsed Donald Trump in May.

Trump aides did not immediately respond to a request for more details on the reason for Quayle's visit.




Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Las Vegas on November 29, 2016, 03:29:06 PM
Quote
Tom Price likely to become Health Secretary.

Sanders blasts Trump's HHS pick: 'What hypocrisy!'

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Tuesday blasted President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) as the next Health and Human Services secretary.

While Sanders reiterated his support for some of Trump's economic policies, he criticized the president-elect's HHS selection, saying it runs counter to his campaign promises.

"Donald Trump asked workers and seniors to vote for him because he was the only Republican candidate who would not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid — programs that are of life-and-death importance for millions of Americans," Sanders said in his statement.

"Now, he has nominated a person for secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, who has a long history of wanting to do exactly the opposite of what Trump campaigned on," Sanders added.

The Vermont lawmaker outlined Price's positions and said Trump should publicly admit that his promises "were just lies."

"Rep. Price has a long history of wanting to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. What hypocrisy! Mr. Trump needs to tell the American people that what he said during the campaign were just lies, or else appoint an HHS secretary who will protect these programs and do what Trump said he would do," he said.

Trump announced his HHS selection on Tuesday, praising Price as being "exceptionally qualified" to spearhead a campaign to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

“Chairman Price, a renowned physician, has earned a reputation for being a tireless problem solver and the go-to expert on healthcare policy, making him the ideal choice to serve in this capacity,” Trump said in a statement.

“He is exceptionally qualified to shepherd our commitment to repeal and replace Obamacare and bring affordable and accessible healthcare to every American. I am proud to nominate him as Secretary of Health and Human Services,” Trump added.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on November 29, 2016, 04:14:10 PM
Sanders should stick to taking it up the butt from Hillary's strap on.

Ultimate sellout.....


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on November 29, 2016, 05:02:10 PM
No one gives a shit what "Sloppy"  Graydon Carter thinks, especially Trump.

Since you seem just as clueless as fat POS Carter as to why Trump relates well to the working class, it's his business: Real Estate Development and Management. Even at his level, you deal with tradesmen, construction workers and maintenance people. A magazine editor like Carter can't understand that and apparently neither can you.



Trump must give a shit if he bothered to tweet about Graydon.

Vanity Fair is owned by Condé Nast. In 2013 the magazine had a circulation of over 1.2 million. Graydon Carter has been Vanity Fair's editor since 1992.

At Trump's level, he has project managers who deal with tradesmen, construction workers and maintenance people. If you think he actually interacts with these working folks, many of which his corporation has stiffed....think bankruptcy....you are the one who is clueless.  


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Walter Sobchak on November 29, 2016, 05:08:51 PM
Trump must give a shit if he bothered to tweet about Graydon.

At Trump's level, he has project managers who deal with tradesmen, construction workers and maintenance people. If you think he actually interacts with these working folks, many of which his corporation has stiffed....think bankruptcy....you are the one who is clueless. 

Fuck off you senile dick sucking bitchboi


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 29, 2016, 05:21:57 PM
Trump to nominate Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary, sources say
Published November 29, 2016
FoxNews.com

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate former Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin to be his Treasury Secretary, two sources close to the transition told Fox News late Tuesday.

One source told Fox that a formal announcement of Mnuchin's nomination could come as early as Wednesday.

Mnuchin had long been considered a favorite for the Treasury position. Two weeks ago, businessman and close Trump associate Carl Icahn tweeted that Trump was considering Mnuchin for the post.

Mnuchin, 53, was appointed Trump's campaign finance chair this past May. Through his work, Mnuchin grew close to Trump's children and son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- a top adviser to Trump -- and worked with them on fundraising events.

The campaign raised at least $169 million, in addition to the $66 million Trump spent out of his own pocket. Though that was far short of what Hillary Clinton raised, it represented an impressive haul given that Trump didn't begin fundraising in earnest until the end of May.

If approved by the Senate, Mnuchin would follow in the tradition of two previous treasury secretaries -- Robert Rubin in the Clinton administration and Henry Paulson in George W. Bush's. All had vast Wall Street experience gained from years spent working at Goldman Sachs.

Yet unlike Rubin and Paulson and unlike President Barack Obama's two treasury secretaries, Timothy Geithner and Jacob Lew, Mnuchin would bring no government experience to Treasury, something that could prove a hurdle in navigating the tricky politics of Washington.

After graduating from Yale in 1985. Mnuchin worked for Goldman Sachs for 17 years. His father, Robert Mnuchin, had himself worked for Goldman for three decades, becoming a partner in charge of equity trading.

The younger Mnuchin amassed his own fortune at the firm and then left in 2002. He worked briefly for Soros Fund Management, a hedge fund led by George Soros, before starting his own investment firm, Dune Capital Management.

As head of this firm, Mnuchin and other investors participated in the purchase of failed mortgage lender IndyMac in 2009 and renamed it OneWest. The failure of IndyMac in 2008 with $32 billion in assets was one of the biggest casualties of the housing bust.

Mnuchin became chairman of OneWest, which was sold to CIT Group in 2015. Before the sale, OneWest faced a string of lawsuits over its home foreclosure practices.

This month, housing advocates filed a complaint asking the Department of Housing and Urban Development to investigate OneWest for possible violations of the Fair Housing Act. The lender failed to place branches in minority communities, provided few mortgages to black homebuyers and preserved foreclosed properties in white neighborhoods while allowing similar homes in minority communities to fall into disrepair, according to the California Reinvestment Coalition and Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California.

CIT declined to respond directly to the complaint but stressed in a statement that it is "committed to fair lending and works hard to meet the credit needs of all communities and neighborhoods we serve."

Mnuchin also became a major investor in Hollywood, helping finance a number of movies, including the 2009 blockbuster "Avatar."

As treasury secretary, Mnuchin would be the administration's chief economic spokesman, serving as a liaison not only to Wall Street but also to global investors, a critical role given the trillions of dollars in treasury bonds owned by foreigners. In addition, it would be his job to sell the new administration's economic program to Congress.

Mnuchin will also oversee a sprawling bureaucracy that includes the Internal Revenue Service and the agency that issues millions of Social Security and other benefit checks each month. Treasury also runs the agency that wages the financial war on terrorism.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump officially nominated Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as Health and Human Services Secretary and tapped Elaine Chao, former President George W. Bush's Labor Secretary, to be secretary of transportation.

Price, a former surgeon, supports the repeal of ObamaCare and has offered a replacement that would provide tax credits to subsidize the purchase of individual and family health insurance policies. His proposal would also allow insurers to sell policies across state line, boost incentives for health savings accounts, and create high-risk pools to help individuals afford coverage, while barring assistance for nearly all abortions.

Price has emerged as a top advocate of House Speaker Paul Ryan's plan to transform Medicare from a program that supplies a defined set of benefits into a "premium support" model that would, similar to Obamacare, offer subsidies for participants to purchase health care directly from insurance companies. He also wants the Medicare eligibility age to rise to 67.

Price also backs, as does Trump, a plan by House Republicans to sharply cut the Medicaid health program for the poor and disabled and turn it over to the states to run. Like Trump and most other Republicans, Price wants federal funding withdrawn from Planned Parenthood, which has come under attack for its practice of supplying tissue from aborted fetuses to medical researchers.

If confirmed as Transportation Secretary, Chao would face many pressing issues, such as how to boost the nation's aging infrastructure so that it can accommodate population growth and not become a drag on the economy, modernizing the nation's air traffic control system, ensuring that new transportation technologies are adopted in a safe manner and responding to a surge in traffic fatalities.

After serving in the Bush administration, Chao served on the board of directors for Bloomberg Philanthropies, run by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She resigned last year after learning the organization planned to expand an environmental initiative to shutter coal-fired power plants.

Almost 90 percent of Kentucky's electricity comes from coal, and Chao's ties to the organization were used against her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, during his 2014 re-election campaign.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/11/29/trump-to-nominate-steven-mnuchin-for-treasury-secretary-sources-say.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: AbrahamG on November 29, 2016, 10:32:50 PM
Fuck off you senile dick sucking bitchboi

He hit a nerve huh pussy?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 30, 2016, 03:47:51 AM
Romney as ShoeShine Boy

(https://i.redditmedia.com/UY7iQVdPzZjXrwCpQWUrXU30QaHlB-dluXs9juF8Hug.jpg?w=593&s=c302ee4c6cfe9a6ff7d2cb29c3e113f4)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 30, 2016, 09:52:07 AM
Romney as ShoeShine Boy

(https://i.redditmedia.com/UY7iQVdPzZjXrwCpQWUrXU30QaHlB-dluXs9juF8Hug.jpg?w=593&s=c302ee4c6cfe9a6ff7d2cb29c3e113f4)

Have to admit I would have never predicted this. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 30, 2016, 09:57:56 AM
This one would baffle me. Trump called Romney a choker. How do you hire him after that?

With that in mind, I say Romney doesn't get the Secy of State job.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 30, 2016, 10:03:55 AM
This one would baffle me. Trump called Romney a choker. How do you hire him after that?

With that in mind, I say Romney doesn't get the Secy of State job.

I think we can find lots of pretty bad things people said about Trump (including me).

At this point, with the multiple meetings and Romney's statements after last night's dinner, I'll actually be surprised if he doesn't get the job.  He would be a good choice IMO.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 30, 2016, 10:04:35 AM
THIS IS HUGE! If you don't know who Preet is, google him.

NEW: Senior federal official tells NBC News that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will meet with President-elect Trump today in New York.

https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/804013243517771777 (https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/804013243517771777)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on November 30, 2016, 10:06:20 AM
THIS IS HUGE! If you don't know who Preet is, google him.

NEW: Senior federal official tells NBC News that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will meet with President-elect Trump today in New York.

https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/804013243517771777 (https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/804013243517771777)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-bharara-idUSKBN13P2BI?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=583f14d204d30158951e8956&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-bharara-idUSKBN13P2BI?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=583f14d204d30158951e8956&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 30, 2016, 12:30:42 PM
Team Trump: Secretary of State Options Down to Final 4
(http://cdn.newsmax.com/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=db6af64c-9b8b-48a2-93fa-ef66817feba8&SiteName=Newsmax&maxsidesize=600)
Image: Team Trump: Secretary of State Options Down to Final 4
Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. (AP)
By Mark Swanson   |    Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016

Donald Trump's transition team said Wednesday that the president-elect has narrowed his choice for secretary of state down to four, Politico reported.

Transition senior communications adviser Sean Spicer wouldn't say which four, but Mitt Romney and Rudy Guiliani are believed to be the front-runners.

Spicer also said there's no timetable for when Trump will announce his pick, only to say that it wouldn't be this week.
 
"At this time, the secretary of state position has been narrowed down to four potential candidates," Spicer said on a conference call, according to Politico. "But to that point, we do not anticipate any further Cabinet appointments the rest of this week."

In addition to Romney and Guiliani, Trump has met with or reportedly considered four others for the cabinet position:

•Sen. Bob Corker.
•Former ambassador John Bolton.
•Former CIA Director David Petraeus.
•Retired Gen. John Kelly.

"Obviously, you have Gov. Romney, who he's been chatting with, and Mayor Giuliani, who's been under strong consideration as well," communications director Jason Miller was quoted by Politico.

"But since those have been a little more openly discussed, I'll go ahead and leave it at that so I don't get ahead of the president-elect for where he is in the process."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-secretary-of-state-options-final-four/2016/11/30/id/761435/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on November 30, 2016, 01:55:23 PM
This one would baffle me. Trump called Romney a choker. How do you hire him after that?

With that in mind, I say Romney doesn't get the Secy of State job.

With Trump, name calling is par for the course. He probably does not expect to be taken too seriously.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 30, 2016, 01:59:24 PM
THIS IS HUGE! If you don't know who Preet is, google him.

NEW: Senior federal official tells NBC News that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara will meet with President-elect Trump today in New York.

https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/804013243517771777 (https://twitter.com/Tom_Winter/status/804013243517771777)

I know him. He's been a sheriff that's been cleaning up a corrupt cesspool called Albany, NY.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Walter Sobchak on November 30, 2016, 04:47:09 PM
He hit a nerve huh pussy?

Remind me again who won the election IN A FUCKING LANDSLIDE?

Bwahahahahahaha


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on November 30, 2016, 05:18:23 PM
Remind me again who won the election IN A FUCKING LANDSLIDE?

Bwahahahahahaha


LOL!

Two weeks following the election, Clinton's popular vote lead surpasses 2 million


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: GigantorX on November 30, 2016, 05:22:15 PM


LOL!

Two weeks following the election, Clinton's popular vote lead surpasses 2 million

Maxed out California, Washington and Oregon.

She got killed in the battle ground states.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 30, 2016, 05:22:34 PM


LOL!

Two weeks following the election, Clinton's popular vote lead surpasses 2 million

Based on California and New York.  If the popular vote mattered, Trump would have spent a lot more time campaigning in both of those states.    

It was an electoral college landslide.  


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Walter Sobchak on November 30, 2016, 05:23:16 PM


LOL!

Two weeks following the election, Clinton's popular vote lead surpasses 2 million

And how many lollipops did the old booze hag get for that?

TRUMP IN A FUCKING LANDSLIDE - WHITE MIDDLE CLASS AMERICA SAYS "FUCK YOU" TO BLM, PHAGGOTS, QUEERS, PERVS, LIBERALISM, GLOBALISM AND THE SELF-IMPORTANT HOLLYWOOD SICKOS


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 30, 2016, 05:25:15 PM
Could Trump pick Sarah Palin to lead VA?
By: Leo Shane III, Military Times,  November 30, 2016

Speculation over President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary centered on a surprise name Wednesday: Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Palin, the 2008 vice presidential nominee, is the mother of an Army veteran, and if selected would become both the first woman and first non-veteran to hold the post.

How serious her candidacy is remains unclear. Her name has not been among front-runners rumored in recent weeks, and would come with a considerable amount of controversy given her lack of prior experience with VA issues and reputation for candid, sometimes inflammatory public comments.

But Palin did endorse Trump on the campaign trail and has been rumored to be up for some role within his administration. Trump transition officials would not comment on the VA rumors.

In a Facebook post responding to news stories on her possible candidacy, Palin wrote that “We should be grateful we'll soon have a commander-in-chief who will champion our vets and honor the promises our nation made; a pro-private sector individual who surely understands bigger government is NOT the answer.”

She called Trump “a president who promised to drain the swamp and clean up all government corruption... all things our vets and active duty troops deserve.”

Unlike other Cabinet posts like Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State, few names have publicly emerged to take over the top VA job.

On Tuesday, Trump met with Fox News personality Pete Hegseth to discuss an unspecified post within the next administration.

Hegseth, the former president of the conservative advocacy group Concerned Veterans for America, served in Iraq with the Minnesota National Guard and has been a vocal advocate for sweeping VA reform.

Earlier in the month, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown announced after a meeting with Trump that he was in the running for the VA Secretary post, though transition officials have not confirmed that either. He served 35 years in the Army National Guard.

Sources within the transition team have floated current House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., as a possible candidate. Miller, who is retiring from Congress, is not a veteran but has been among the leaders in VA reform efforts in recent years, co-authoring the 2014 bill which created the Veterans Choice Card program.

Transition officials are scheduled to meet with veterans groups on Thursday in Washington, D.C. to discuss broad plans for veterans programs and VA appointments.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/trump-palin-va-secretary


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on November 30, 2016, 05:29:18 PM
Based on California and New York.  If the popular vote mattered, Trump would have spent a lot more time campaigning in both of those states.    

It was an electoral college landslide.  

You're right and thank you for qualifying it. There is a decided difference between popular and electoral votes.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Walter Sobchak on November 30, 2016, 05:32:10 PM
You're right and thank you for qualifying it. There is a decided difference between popular and electoral votes.

Yeah....one puts you in the White House, and the other is going to put Shillary, Bill, Chelsea, and Barack in Leavenworth prison!!!!!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 30, 2016, 05:32:19 PM
You're right and thank you for qualifying it. There is a decided difference between popular and electoral votes.

No worries.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on November 30, 2016, 06:16:46 PM
Trump must give a shit if he bothered to tweet about Graydon.

Vanity Fair is owned by Condé Nast. In 2013 the magazine had a circulation of over 1.2 million. Graydon Carter has been Vanity Fair's editor since 1992.

At Trump's level, he has project managers who deal with tradesmen, construction workers and maintenance people. If you think he actually interacts with these working folks, many of which his corporation has stiffed....think bankruptcy....you are the one who is clueless.  



Trump is known for walking around the sites of his projects. You really don't think he's dealt with tradespeople in his 40 years as a builder/manager?

You're just a clueless boob who has been exposed. The infantile nonsense you continually spout is no different than that of some zit faced college liberal arts major.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: AbrahamG on November 30, 2016, 06:31:38 PM
Based on California and New York.  If the popular vote mattered, Trump would have spent a lot more time campaigning in both of those states.    

It was an electoral college landslide.  

Likewise, couldn't she have campaigned more in states she knew she had no chance to win?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on November 30, 2016, 06:42:23 PM



Trump is known for walking around the sites of his projects. You really don't think he's dealt with tradespeople in his 40 years as a builder/manager?

You're just a clueless boob who has been exposed. The infantile nonsense you continually spout is no different than that of some zit faced college liberal arts major.


....look into the history of the Trump Tower, the crown jewel of the real-estate mogul's empire, reveals the beginnings of the 68-story building were, in fact, rooted in the back-breaking labor of 150-odd Polish immigrants — most working illegally, some without full pay.

"Week after week, no check," said Sosnowski, who was a civil engineer in Poland before coming to the U.S. in 1979. He was promised $5 an hour but remembers his pockets were empty except for "a couple of dollars for coffee and a roll."

Court records make clear the contractor who hired the men knew he was using undocumented workers without Social Security numbers.

Does Trump speak Polish?

"Trump is known for walking around the sites of his projects." Thin Lizzy

I found no evidence to support your statement. Even if he does survey the job site, it doesn't mean he actually interacts in any meaningful way with the workers.



 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Irongrip400 on November 30, 2016, 07:03:59 PM
So if Romney gets tapped for Secretary of State, where does Guliani fit in?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 01, 2016, 12:42:29 AM
....look into the history of the Trump Tower, the crown jewel of the real-estate mogul's empire, reveals the beginnings of the 68-story building were, in fact, rooted in the back-breaking labor of 150-odd Polish immigrants — most working illegally, some without full pay.

"Week after week, no check," said Sosnowski, who was a civil engineer in Poland before coming to the U.S. in 1979. He was promised $5 an hour but remembers his pockets were empty except for "a couple of dollars for coffee and a roll."

Court records make clear the contractor who hired the men knew he was using undocumented workers without Social Security numbers.

Does Trump speak Polish?

"Trump is known for walking around the sites of his projects." Thin Lizzy

I found no evidence to support your statement. Even if he does survey the job site, it doesn't mean he actually interacts in any meaningful way with the workers.



 

Yeah, no one ever got paid on any Trump project. You're a dime a dozen Internet hater who cherry picks a labor dispute and acts like it's the norm.

Your opinion means as much as the popular vote:


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on December 01, 2016, 02:37:40 AM
....look into the history of the Trump Tower, the crown jewel of the real-estate mogul's empire, reveals the beginnings of the 68-story building were, in fact, rooted in the back-breaking labor of 150-odd Polish immigrants — most working illegally, some without full pay.

"Week after week, no check," said Sosnowski, who was a civil engineer in Poland before coming to the U.S. in 1979. He was promised $5 an hour but remembers his pockets were empty except for "a couple of dollars for coffee and a roll."

Court records make clear the contractor who hired the men knew he was using undocumented workers without Social Security numbers.

Does Trump speak Polish?

"Trump is known for walking around the sites of his projects." Thin Lizzy

I found no evidence to support your statement. Even if he does survey the job site, it doesn't mean he actually interacts in any meaningful way with the workers.



 

Ironic... you criticize Lizzy with a decades old accusation without even citing a source to back up your own argument.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 01, 2016, 09:41:11 AM
Romney Won't Get State, but Here's the Latest
By John Gizzi
Thursday, 01 Dec 2016

With Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., named secretary of Health and Human Services and former Bush administration Labor Secretary Elaine Chao was tapped to be secretary of transportation, Donald Trump has moved along at a faster pace than most recent presidents-elect to fill key slots in his administration.

With less than seven weeks before Trump takes office, there are still many positions within his Cabinet and the executive office of the president remain unfilled.

The most critical positions of secretaries of state and defense, for example, are still the subject of widespread speculation — not to mention some good, old-fashioned Washington, D.C., infighting among potential Cabinet members.

In addition, Trump has yet to name a director of OMB — the Office of Budget and Management — or a single ambassador anywhere. Here is where the prospects for some key slots stands at this date:

Secretary of state —While Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani have both appeared to be the leading candidates, Trump has expanded well beyond them. A transition source tells Newsmax that Romney will not get state. His appointment will antagonize Trump’s core base, and though the rapprochement is real between the two, Trump can’t pick him for the top job.

Trump is said to have strong loyalty to Giuliani, but Vice President-elect Pence has argued that Giuliani is not ready for the job and that he simply doesn’t have the stamina for the globe-trotting job. Trump has seemingly bought into that view, and the search has broadened.

Trump likes generals. In the last few days, speculation has begun of a new contender for State: former CIA Director and retired General David Petraeus.

Once on everyone’s list of future presidents, Petraeus was forced to leave the CIA during Obama’s tenure following allegations of improper handling of classified material. Trump is looking also at former Marine Gen. John Kelly.

A wildcard named that has been floated by some Senate Republicans to Trump is their former colleague Joe Lieberman. Lieberman retired from the Senate in 2014, but is liked by conservatives on foreign policy and defense matters.

Secretary of defense — Smart money says there is only one contender, and it’s a matter of time before his appointment is announced: retired four-star Gen. James Mattis (USMC), commandant of U.S. Central Command until his retirement in 2013. “Mad Dog” Mattis is an outspoken critic of the Iran nuclear deal and is, in Trump’s words, following their first meeting, “a general’s general.”

Some insiders have cautioned Trump not to pick a general to affirm civilian control over the military, and not place a military insider at the top of the Pentagon totem pole. One source says that Romney could get defense as a consolation prize.

Secretary of the interior — Signs are strong that Oklahoma’s two-term Gov. Mary Fallin will get interior. A former U.S. Representative and lieutenant governor, Fallin reportedly impressed Trump with her co-chairmanship of their party’s platform committee at the national convention this summer and kept controversy out of the platform proceedings.

Secretary of agriculture — Rick Perry, former Texas governor, commissioner of agriculture, and family farmer, is still the favorite for the job. Perry, a one time Trump critic, was one of the few establishment GOP figures to endorse Trump early.

Secretary of labor — Trump’s secretary of labor, one Washington wag quipped, “will delight Marx Mix [head of the National Right to Work Committee] and drive [AFL-CIO President] Rich Trumpka nuts.” Two mentioned for that assignment are Victoria Lipnic, a member of the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, and Peter Kirsanow, U.S. Civil Rights Commission member and past member of the National Labor Relations Board.

Secretary of Homeland Security — The appointment of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was once seen as a cinch. But one of the nation’s best-known experts on illegal immigration, Kobach to Homeland Security would underscore Trump’s commitment to securing the border and to deporting criminals in the U.S. illegally.

Trump is being pushed to pick a national security expert. Fran Townsend, former homeland security advisor in the Bush White House is being considered. Stephen Hadley, national security advisor to George W. Bush, is also being looked at by Trump transition officials.

Chairman of Council of Economic Advisors — Larry Kudlow, economist, former Reagan administration Treasury official, and CNBC commentator, still remains the favorite for the position. Kudlow, an early supporter of Trump, he authored Trump’s tax policy and gave the plan credibility. He is well respected by his economist and financial colleagues.

Office of Management and Budget director — Robert Grady, who has had a long career in private equity and venture capital, is a candidate for OMB. Grady had served as Associate Director of OMB during the administration of George H.W. Bush.

Veterans Affairs secretary — Trump could pull off a major coup, several veterans say, if he convinces retired Maj. Gen. Angela Salinas. Another candidate being discussed is Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who played a pivotal role in Trump’s early primary wins.

One of the highest-ranked women ever to serve in the U.S. Marine Corp and the highest Hispanic woman to be a general officer, Salinas is now CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. Also mentioned for the job is retiring Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House Veterans Committee.

As for key ambassadorships, the name of former Sen. Alphonse D’Amato, R-N.Y., a close friend of Trump, comes up increasingly as a possible U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. Edward Cox, Republican state chairman of New York and son-in-law of Richard Nixon, has been pegged for ambassador to France and his son, New York attorney Christopher Nixon Cox, has been talked about for the China ambassadorship. Richard Nixon remains a revered American to the Chinese for his opening to their country.

http://www.newsmax.com/JohnGizzi/romney-trump-palin-rick-perry/2016/12/01/id/761621/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 01, 2016, 10:30:51 AM
Likewise, couldn't she have campaigned more in states she knew she had no chance to win?

Yes she could have done that, but that's not what either one of them did. 

She got 2.5 million more votes than Trump in California and 1.5 million in New York.  That's a 4 million vote margin in two states, which clearly skews the outcome. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 01, 2016, 10:36:57 AM
Yeah, no one ever got paid on any Trump project. You're a dime a dozen Internet hater who cherry picks a labor dispute and acts like it's the norm.

Your opinion means as much as the popular vote:

It's true I get information from the internet, the news and from print media. Where do you get your information from? Do you make it up? Are you Trump's employee?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 01, 2016, 10:41:02 AM
Ironic... you criticize Lizzy with a decades old accusation without even citing a source to back up your own argument.

If you know that it is decades old, which some of it is, why do you need a source? We're talking common knowledge. Furthermore, what I wrote is not an argument.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on December 01, 2016, 10:42:40 AM
If you know that it is decades old, which some of it is, why do you need a source? We're talking common knowledge. Furthermore, what I wrote is not an argument.

feel free to post the source; I am not as old or wise as you


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 01, 2016, 10:44:30 AM
feel free to post the source; I am not as old or wise as you

Thanks for the compliment.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 01, 2016, 03:32:19 PM
Outstanding.  I love this guy.  One of the greatest quotes ever:  "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."   ;D

It's official: Donald Trump has chosen Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary
By: Leo Shane III, Military Times,  December 1, 2016

Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his pick for secretary of defense, tasking the popular military leader with carrying out the president-elect's planned overhaul of Pentagon operations and a shift in national security priorities.

The Washington Post, citing "people familiar" with the decision," was first to report Thursday that Trump had reached a decision.

The 66-year-old Mattis, who retired in 2013 after reportedly falling from favor with the Obama administration over disagreements about Iran, last served as the head of U.S. Central Command. The post afforded him oversight of all military activity in the Middle East, to include the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He will require a waiver from Congress to hold the Pentagon's top post because law mandates a seven-year wait between active-duty service and working as defense secretary, a rule is designed to reinforce the concept of civilian control of the military.

Neither Mattis nor Trump's transition team immediately responded to Military Times' requests seeking confirmation and comment. A spokesman for Trump indicated on Twitter that no decision had been reached concerning defense secretary. The Post reported that the announcement is likely to happen next week.

The general enjoys a cult-like following among past and present military members — particularly infantry Marines and soldiers — inspired by his swashbuckling rhetoric about the realities of war. He is known by an array of nicknames and military callsigns, including Mad Dog, Chaos and Warrior Monk. The last derives from his bachelor status, a rarity among those who attain four-star status.   

Mattis is widely respected on Capitol Hill as well, and likely won't encounter any difficulty getting confirmed. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., has praised Mattis as "one of the finest military officers of his generation and an extraordinary leader," and has signaled Senate support for Trump's choice. 

Regarded as an intellectual but tough-edged military leader, Mattis is known for his colorful quotes such as: "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet." His 44-year military career, which includes experience on the ground in combat, buoys his credibility. After their meeting on Nov. 19, Trump called him “the real deal.” 

Mattis currently works as a national security fellow at the California-based Hoover Institution. In recent months he has spoken frequently in Washington, D.C., about the need for military leadership and vigilance in an increasingly dangerous world.

During his final years of service, Mattis sparred often with Obama’s national security team. As the president moved to set up his nuclear agreement with Iran, Mattis advocated — forcefully and publicly — a more aggressive approach to confronting the regime he has come to view as the greatest threat to stability in the Middle East. Trump made this a key foreign policy point on the campaign trail, repeatedly blasting Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the nuclear deal.

The president-elect has signaled his desire for a bigger military with fewer spending restrictions. But Trump also has promised a less-confrontational foreign policy strategy, blasting the past two presidents' inclination toward “nation building,” calling the approach an unforgivable failure. It remains to be seen how that syncs with Mattis’ opinions. But in August, the general co-authored a report blasting the last three administrations for a perceived lack of national security vision, saying those leaders have largely ignored threats posed by Russia, China and terrorist groups worldwide.

“If the world feels more dangerous to you, it should,” the report states. “We are seeing the results of 20 years of the United States operating unguided by strategy. We have been slow to identify emergent threats and unwilling to prioritize competing interests; we have sent confounding messages to enemies and allies alike. Our country urgently needs to up our game, make common cause with countries that are willing to help repair and sustain the international order that has served the United States and our allies so well.”

Trump has said that Mattis may have changed his views on torturing terrorists — even before being formally offered the job. Trump and his surrogates have been advocates for a return to waterboarding and other controversial interrogation techniques, but in an interview with the New York Times on Nov. 22 the president-elect said Mattis made him rethink that position. 

Instead, Trump said, Mattis advocated building a relationship with detainees. He told Trump “give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers, and I’ll do better,” an answer the president-elect called "impressive."

Last spring, a group of Mattis fans unsuccessfully attempted to draft the retired general as an alternative presidential candidate to Trump and Clinton, but Mattis rebuffed the effort. And unlike a number of other high-profile former military leaders, he declined to condemn Trump’s campaign trial rhetoric about attacking the families of terrorists as dangerous and un-American.

In September, Mattis co-authored the book "Warriors & Citizens" which addresses the cultural gap between the military and the civilian population it serves. The results revealed a surprising level of ignorance and unfamiliarity.

His research found that one in three Americans have little or no familiarity with the military, and half of Americans cannot recall socializing with a service member or military spouse within the last year. This may point to at least one of his priorities as defense secretary: bridging the so-called civil-military divide.

“There are many people who do not know if the U.S. Army has 60,000 men or 6 million," Mattis told Military Times when the book was published in September. "They do not have a clue about that.

“America is quite right to be proud of their military, but at the same time there has got to be a sense of common purpose between these two elements. If, in fact, this gap grows and we lose the sense of common purpose, then I think we have a problem.” 

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/donald-trump-james-mattis-defense-secretary


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: James on December 01, 2016, 03:53:58 PM
Outstanding.  I love this guy.  One of the greatest quotes ever:  "Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."   


 ;D


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on December 01, 2016, 04:19:55 PM
Furthermore, what I wrote is not an argument.


Correct - it is sheer ignorance... as usual.


Fortunately, nobody here here takes you seriously.

Your posts are analogous to Johnny Falcon's, but with senility.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: AbrahamG on December 01, 2016, 04:25:42 PM
Yes she could have done that, but that's not what either one of them did. 

She got 2.5 million more votes than Trump in California and 1.5 million in New York.  That's a 4 million vote margin in two states, which clearly skews the outcome. 

So you agree with me that it would be a wash that if they both campaigned feverishly in the states they lost that the total vote margin would probably not change much. The dude won.  He's not gonna lose in a recount.  He should stop being a sore winner and move the fuck on.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 01, 2016, 04:41:13 PM
So you agree with me that it would be a wash that if they both campaigned feverishly in the states they lost that the total vote margin would probably not change much. The dude won.  He's not gonna lose in a recount.  He should stop being a sore winner and move the fuck on.

No.  I am saying the popular vote is irrelevant and that if the popular vote mattered, both of them would have campaigned differently.  I'm also saying that the current popular vote, in context, doesn't show that the majority of the country voted for Hillary.  Her margin is largely the result of California and New York.   

Sore winner?  Seriously?  Clinton is the one involved in this whole recount nonsense. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 01, 2016, 04:42:03 PM
All I want for Christmas is for President-Elect Trump to nominate Sheriff David Clarke for Director of Homeland Security. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on December 01, 2016, 04:55:17 PM
All I want for Christmas is for President-Elect Trump to nominate Sheriff David Clarke for Director of Homeland Security. 


x2!!!!!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Soul Crusher on December 01, 2016, 07:35:30 PM
Mattie picked - liberal fags heads exploding.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 05, 2016, 09:14:19 AM
Trump to nominate Carson as HUD secretary
Published December 05, 2016 
FoxNews.com

President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday he has chosen former campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Trump said in his statement that he was “thrilled to nominate Carson,” adding that he “has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communiuties.”

Carson had recently downplayed having any role in the Trump administration, saying that he didn’t know where he would fit. But in a statement on Monday, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon said he felt he could "make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need."

"We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met," he said. Carson also tweeted that he would accept the position.

Carson, who had previously been rumored to be a contender for a job heading Veteran’s Affairs, Education or Health and Human Services, could appear at first glance as an odd choice for HUD. However, Carson wrote and spoke about the department and issues affected by its actions numerous times during his time as a primary candidate, and he also addressed some of what may soon face him in a Facebook post last month that hinted at a HUD job offer from Trump.

“After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone,” Carson wrote. “We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid. An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.”

He also told Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” in an interview last month that the HUD position was "one of the offers [from Trump] that is on the table."

"Our inner cities are in terrible shape," Carson said. "And they definitely need some real attention. There have been so many promises made over the last several decades and nothing has been done, so it certainly is something that has been a long-term interest of mine."

Carson ran against Trump during the Republican primary battle. But after he dropped out of the White House race in March, the subdued doctor quickly endorsed the boisterous businessman and became one of Trump’s most visible surrogates.

Caron's position in the cabinet requires Senate confirmation before it becomes official.

Carson has often recounted his childhood as the son of a single mother in inner-city Detroit in his books and motivational speeches. In his 1996 autobiography "Gifted Hands," Carson wrote of the humiliation he felt using food stamps from his mom to pay for bread and milk, and said how he began to excel at school only after receiving a free pair of glasses that allowed him to see the lessons written on chalk boards.

Carson has not said whether his family ever lived in federally-funded housing or received Section 8 subsidies to help pay rent, but as a political figure he has criticized such public assistance programs for creating "dependency" on the government among low-income minorities.

"I'm interested in getting rid of dependency, and I want us to find a way to allow people to excel in our society, and as more and more people hear that message, they will recognize who is truly on their side and who is trying to keep them suppressed and cultivate their votes," Carson said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/05/trump-nominates-carson-as-hud-secretary.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on December 05, 2016, 12:45:24 PM
Trump to nominate Carson as HUD secretary
Published December 05, 2016 
FoxNews.com

President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday he has chosen former campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Trump said in his statement that he was “thrilled to nominate Carson,” adding that he “has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communiuties.”

Carson had recently downplayed having any role in the Trump administration, saying that he didn’t know where he would fit. But in a statement on Monday, the retired pediatric neurosurgeon said he felt he could "make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need."

"We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met," he said. Carson also tweeted that he would accept the position.

Carson, who had previously been rumored to be a contender for a job heading Veteran’s Affairs, Education or Health and Human Services, could appear at first glance as an odd choice for HUD. However, Carson wrote and spoke about the department and issues affected by its actions numerous times during his time as a primary candidate, and he also addressed some of what may soon face him in a Facebook post last month that hinted at a HUD job offer from Trump.

“After serious discussions with the Trump transition team, I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly to making our inner cities great for everyone,” Carson wrote. “We have much work to do in strengthening every aspect of our nation and ensuring that both our physical infrastructure and our spiritual infrastructure is solid. An announcement is forthcoming about my role in helping to make America great again.”

He also told Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” in an interview last month that the HUD position was "one of the offers [from Trump] that is on the table."

"Our inner cities are in terrible shape," Carson said. "And they definitely need some real attention. There have been so many promises made over the last several decades and nothing has been done, so it certainly is something that has been a long-term interest of mine."

Carson ran against Trump during the Republican primary battle. But after he dropped out of the White House race in March, the subdued doctor quickly endorsed the boisterous businessman and became one of Trump’s most visible surrogates.

Caron's position in the cabinet requires Senate confirmation before it becomes official.

Carson has often recounted his childhood as the son of a single mother in inner-city Detroit in his books and motivational speeches. In his 1996 autobiography "Gifted Hands," Carson wrote of the humiliation he felt using food stamps from his mom to pay for bread and milk, and said how he began to excel at school only after receiving a free pair of glasses that allowed him to see the lessons written on chalk boards.

Carson has not said whether his family ever lived in federally-funded housing or received Section 8 subsidies to help pay rent, but as a political figure he has criticized such public assistance programs for creating "dependency" on the government among low-income minorities.

"I'm interested in getting rid of dependency, and I want us to find a way to allow people to excel in our society, and as more and more people hear that message, they will recognize who is truly on their side and who is trying to keep them suppressed and cultivate their votes," Carson said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2015.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/05/trump-nominates-carson-as-hud-secretary.html

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Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 05, 2016, 05:16:05 PM
*Applause*

Allen West Meets with Team Trump at Trump Tower

by Charlie Spiering
5 Dec 2016
 
Colonel Allen West met with President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy team on Monday, including Vice President-elect Mike Pence, Mike Flynn and KT McFarland.
He may not be joining the upcoming administration, though.

After the meeting, West told reporters that he discussed national security issues with the president-elect, but said he was not offered a position.

“I mean they know my reputation very well,” he said. “I’m just a simple soldier and I’m the third of four generations that served this country going back to my father in World War II, and we still have a relative of ours that is continuing to serve in the Army now.”

West, a Tea Party hero with a reputation for speaking his mind, won a United States Congressional seat in 2010. Redistricting made his district more competitive, and he was defeated by his Democrat challenger Patrick Murphy in 2012.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/05/allen-west-meets-donald-trump-trump-tower/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 07, 2016, 08:45:38 AM
Report: Retired Gen. John Kelly is Trump's pick for Homeland Security secretary
By: Leo Shane III, December 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to run his Department of Homeland Security, the third high-profile retired military pick for Trump’s Cabinet.

CBS News on Wednesday reported that sources confirmed Kelly’s selection on Wednesday, although Trump transition officials would not immediately confirm the news. CBS officials said a formal announcement is expected within days.

Kelly, the former head of U.S. Southern Command, is well-regarded among Republicans on Capitol Hill and during his service sparred with President Barack Obama’s administration on a variety of security and military issues, including the closing of detention facilities at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

As head of Southern Command, Kelly oversaw not only the controversial prison but also military missions related to security along America’s southern border, drug and weapons trafficking from South America and Central America, and gang activity in the region.

He also boasts extensive experience in the Middle East, having spent about two years leading combat forces against the Islamic State’s Sunni Arab forerunners in Iraq’s Anbar province.

He’s a Boston native and close friend of Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford. And the 66-year-old veteran has the somber distinction of being the highest-ranking American military official to lose a child in combat during the recent wars. His son, Marine Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Along with the Homeland Security post, Trump reportedly had been considering Kelly for Secretary of State, the most prominent incoming Cabinet post still without a nominee. 

News of Kelly’s selection comes just a day after Trump’s formal introduction of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense. Last month, Trump tapped former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his National Security Advisor.

Transition officials said Trump is considering several other retired military flag officers for key posts in the new administration, including a meeting with former U.S. European Command leader Adm. James Stavridis on Thursday.

Mattis will need a waiver to serve as Defense Secretary, because of federal laws requiring seven years of separation from the military before appointment to that post.

But no such rules are in place for the Homeland Security head, making Kelly’s confirmation an easier process. He retired from the Marine Corps earlier this year after 45 years of service.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/kelly-dhs-trump-report


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 07, 2016, 10:07:24 AM
"So much for draining the swamp.

Donald Trump’s decision to put Steve Mnuchin in charge of overseeing our economy and our banking system as Treasury Secretary is a direct betrayal of his campaign promise to stand up to big banks and fix the rigged system that has put Wall Street ahead of Main Street. Instead of draining the swamp, he's filling it.

Mnuchin is a second-generation Goldman Sachs banker who made a fortune running a “foreclosure machine” that scammed hardworking Americans out of their homes, literally leaving families out in the cold. Under Mnuchin’s leadership, one 90-year-old woman lost her home over a 27-cent payment error.

We need a Treasury Secretary who will stand up to predatory lending, not one who practiced it.

Mnuchin’s bank is also currently under investigation for redlining, as it made just two mortgages to black borrowers in 2014 and 2015 in Southern California, including Los Angeles. Under Mnuchin’s watch, not one of the bank’s branches in diverse Southern California was in a predominantly black neighborhood.

Immediately after being appointed, Mnuchin said he aims to make rolling back Wall Street reform a top priority. As a U.S. Senator and a member of the Senate Banking Committee, I’ll work to ensure the Wall Street reforms that we have worked so tirelessly to uphold are not going anywhere.

Oregon’s small businesses and families can’t afford for Wall Street bankers to once again pursue their boundless appetite for high risk trading and shady practices that brought down the economy in 2008."

Oregon Senator, Jeff Merkley


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on December 07, 2016, 10:11:13 AM
"So much for draining the swamp.

Donald Trump’s decision to put Steve Mnuchin in charge of overseeing our economy and our banking system as Treasury Secretary is a direct betrayal of his campaign promise to stand up to big banks and fix the rigged system that has put Wall Street ahead of Main Street. Instead of draining the swamp, he's filling it.

Mnuchin is a second-generation Goldman Sachs banker who made a fortune running a “foreclosure machine” that scammed hardworking Americans out of their homes, literally leaving families out in the cold. Under Mnuchin’s leadership, one 90-year-old woman lost her home over a 27-cent payment error.

We need a Treasury Secretary who will stand up to predatory lending, not one who practiced it.

Mnuchin’s bank is also currently under investigation for redlining, as it made just two mortgages to black borrowers in 2014 and 2015 in Southern California, including Los Angeles. Under Mnuchin’s watch, not one of the bank’s branches in diverse Southern California was in a predominantly black neighborhood.

Immediately after being appointed, Mnuchin said he aims to make rolling back Wall Street reform a top priority. As a U.S. Senator and a member of the Senate Banking Committee, I’ll work to ensure the Wall Street reforms that we have worked so tirelessly to uphold are not going anywhere.

Oregon’s small businesses and families can’t afford for Wall Street bankers to once again pursue their boundless appetite for high risk trading and shady practices that brought down the economy in 2008."

Oregon Senator, Jeff Merkley


I bet they will love the tax cuts on business to 15% though...


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 07, 2016, 10:19:34 AM
I bet they will love the tax cuts on business to 15% though...

If that ever happens. There seems to be some doubt that it will.

Donald Trump Is Lying, To Someone, About His Small Business Tax Cut

Will he cut small business taxes, or won't he? Donald Trump's campaign has two different answers, depending on which conservative activists it's talking to.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robbmandelbaum/2016/09/18/donald-trump-is-lying-to-someone-about-his-small-business-tax-cut/#43ddb85d652a


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 07, 2016, 10:24:25 AM
Small Businesses Speak Out Against Donald Trump’s Tax Plan


“Tax cuts skewed towards the wealthy elite starve our communities of much-needed resources while further tilting the scales towards large corporations and the rich.”


- Stephen Rouzer at Main Street Alliance


Trump’s Tax Plan Means Fewer Customers With Money To Spend At Local Businesses

The Main Street Alliance is a “is a national network of small business coalitions” that “works to provide small businesses a voice on the most pressing public policy issues across the nation.”


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on December 07, 2016, 10:25:47 AM
If that ever happens. There seems to be some doubt that it will.

Donald Trump Is Lying, To Someone, About His Small Business Tax Cut

Will he cut small business taxes, or won't he? Donald Trump's campaign has two different answers, depending on which conservative activists it's talking to.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/robbmandelbaum/2016/09/18/donald-trump-is-lying-to-someone-about-his-small-business-tax-cut/#43ddb85d652a

That article is from September 18th... ya know, back when the media was getting EVERYTHING right...



Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on December 07, 2016, 10:34:57 AM
Mnuchin’s bank is also currently under investigation for redlining, as it made just two mortgages to black borrowers in 2014 and 2015 in Southern California, including Los Angles.


Wow...
That's almost HALF as bad as what Hillary is being investigated for!

Keep grasping at straws, you senile old man - it provides amusement for the rest of us!!



Remember this, "Primemuscle": Daft, delusional losers like you, Rob, and all of his gimmicks are merely here for our amusement. Now, babble on, you old c-sucker. We enjoy the laughs.

And, also remember that America has spoken.
Thank God they are collectively more intelligent than your stupid, senile ass.

Yeah, I know... The "popular" vote...
Only a "problem" when it's "convenient" for your agenda.

As I've said before: thank God NOBODY on here takes your stupid ass seriously.
I'm only responding here for shits & giggles.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 07, 2016, 10:38:29 AM
Tax cuts are coming, but maybe not as big as Trump promised
by Jeanne Sahadi   @CNNMoney
November 15, 2016: 11:30 AM ET  

The latest iteration of Trump's tax plan, he already raised the income tax rates he originally proposed (10%, 20%, 25%) to conform to those in the House plan (12%, 25%, 33%).

There's also likely to be some negotiations over the tax rates for small businesses and partnerships. Trump wants to lower the business tax rate to 15% from 35% for corporations and 39.6% for sole proprietorships and partnerships. But the House plan would cut the business tax rate to 25%, 10 percentage points higher than Trump.

And it's very possible that the 12%, 25% and 33% tax rates for individuals may be subject to further negotiation upwards if lawmakers decide they want to make tax reform less expensive. It's worth noting, too, that the 12% bracket is higher than the lowest rate today, which is 10%.  


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 07, 2016, 10:47:47 AM

Wow...
That's almost HALF as bad as what Hillary is being investigated for!

Keep grasping at straws, you senile old man - it provides amusement for the rest of us!!



Remember this, "Primemuscle": Daft, delusional losers like you, Rob, and all of his gimmicks are merely here for our amusement. Now, babble on, you old c-sucker. We enjoy the laughs.

And, also remember that America has spoken.
Thank God they are collectively more intelligent than your stupid, senile ass.

Yeah, I know... The "popular" vote...
Only a "problem" when it's "convenient" for your agenda.

As I've said before: thank God NOBODY on here takes your stupid ass seriously.
I'm only responding here for shits & giggles.

Apparently you don't get that none of what I posted is my opinion. The sources are cited. I'll venture a guess that Forbes, CNN Money, The Republican House and Senate and Senator Merkley know a heck of a lot more about proposed tax cuts than either you or I.

When does what I posted say anything about the election i.e. the vote?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Princess L on December 07, 2016, 12:58:48 PM
All I want for Christmas is for President-Elect Trump to nominate Sheriff David Clarke for Director of Homeland Security.  

Report: Retired Gen. John Kelly is Trump's pick for Homeland Security secretary
By: Leo Shane III, December 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has picked former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly to run his Department of Homeland Security, the third high-profile retired military pick for Trump’s Cabinet.

CBS News on Wednesday reported that sources confirmed Kelly’s selection on Wednesday, although Trump transition officials would not immediately confirm the news. CBS officials said a formal announcement is expected within days.

Kelly, the former head of U.S. Southern Command, is well-regarded among Republicans on Capitol Hill and during his service sparred with President Barack Obama’s administration on a variety of security and military issues, including the closing of detention facilities at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

As head of Southern Command, Kelly oversaw not only the controversial prison but also military missions related to security along America’s southern border, drug and weapons trafficking from South America and Central America, and gang activity in the region.

He also boasts extensive experience in the Middle East, having spent about two years leading combat forces against the Islamic State’s Sunni Arab forerunners in Iraq’s Anbar province.

He’s a Boston native and close friend of Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford. And the 66-year-old veteran has the somber distinction of being the highest-ranking American military official to lose a child in combat during the recent wars. His son, Marine Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Along with the Homeland Security post, Trump reportedly had been considering Kelly for Secretary of State, the most prominent incoming Cabinet post still without a nominee.  

News of Kelly’s selection comes just a day after Trump’s formal introduction of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense. Last month, Trump tapped former Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be his National Security Advisor.

Transition officials said Trump is considering several other retired military flag officers for key posts in the new administration, including a meeting with former U.S. European Command leader Adm. James Stavridis on Thursday.

Mattis will need a waiver to serve as Defense Secretary, because of federal laws requiring seven years of separation from the military before appointment to that post.

But no such rules are in place for the Homeland Security head, making Kelly’s confirmation an easier process. He retired from the Marine Corps earlier this year after 45 years of service.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/kelly-dhs-trump-report

As much as we like Clarke, he really isn't qualified for that position.  Hopefully they can find a place elsewhere in the Administration for him.

Just for laughs:

This is one of my favorite Clarke stories  ;D

http://fox6now.com/2011/11/10/woman-who-flipped-off-sheriff-clarke-while-driving-speaks-out/

One woman learned a big lesson the hard way Thursday: never give your fellow driver the finger, especially when that driver is the most powerful member of the sheriff's department - and you are driving with a suspended license! Cheryl Smith was arrested Thursday and cited for driving with a suspended license, and also got a $393 ticket for reckless driving, after she flipped off Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke near 9th and State.

Now, Smith is speaking out, and admitting that sometimes, she can get a little hot-headed behind the wheel.

Smith says it was a look from a fellow driver on I-43 southbound Thursday that provoked her to make a gesture she now regrets. "I jumped from behind him, to the first lane, to the middle lane, and that's when I happened to look over. He had his window down, and he was giving me the 'are you serious?' look. I flipped him off, just so he could see it, and then I put it back, and started driving," Smith said.

It wasn't until Smith saw the flashing lights that she realized the vehicle was an unmarked squad car, and the person she flipped off: Sheriff Clarke! "I even uttered to myself, 'is she giving me the finger?' I mean, she held it up that long, that I could make sure," Sheriff Clarke said.

"He pulled his vehicle in front, and got out, and that's when I was like, I flipped off the police. It's David Clarke I flipped off," Smith said.

"The thing that bothers me is, your average motorist has to put up with that nonsense all the time, from these idiot drivers, and I think she learned a valuable lesson," Sheriff Clarke said.

"I learned a lesson. You never know who is in those tinted-window cars. Never assume it's just a normal person," Smith said.

Smith's license was suspended due to speeding tickets, and she says she knew she shouldn't have been driving, but was running late for class at MATC and the bus wasn't there on time. Smith says she plans to fight th reckless driving citation, and feels it should have been a less expensive speeding ticket instead. Sheriff Clarke predicts she won't fare well in that fight.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 07, 2016, 01:16:37 PM
As much as we like Clarke, he really isn't qualified for that position.  Hopefully they can find a place elsewhere in the Administration for him.

Just for laughs:

This is one of my favorite Clarke stories  ;D

http://fox6now.com/2011/11/10/woman-who-flipped-off-sheriff-clarke-while-driving-speaks-out/

One woman learned a big lesson the hard way Thursday: never give your fellow driver the finger, especially when that driver is the most powerful member of the sheriff's department - and you are driving with a suspended license! Cheryl Smith was arrested Thursday and cited for driving with a suspended license, and also got a $393 ticket for reckless driving, after she flipped off Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke near 9th and State.

Now, Smith is speaking out, and admitting that sometimes, she can get a little hot-headed behind the wheel.

Smith says it was a look from a fellow driver on I-43 southbound Thursday that provoked her to make a gesture she now regrets. "I jumped from behind him, to the first lane, to the middle lane, and that's when I happened to look over. He had his window down, and he was giving me the 'are you serious?' look. I flipped him off, just so he could see it, and then I put it back, and started driving," Smith said.

It wasn't until Smith saw the flashing lights that she realized the vehicle was an unmarked squad car, and the person she flipped off: Sheriff Clarke! "I even uttered to myself, 'is she giving me the finger?' I mean, she held it up that long, that I could make sure," Sheriff Clarke said.

"He pulled his vehicle in front, and got out, and that's when I was like, I flipped off the police. It's David Clarke I flipped off," Smith said.

"The thing that bothers me is, your average motorist has to put up with that nonsense all the time, from these idiot drivers, and I think she learned a valuable lesson," Sheriff Clarke said.

"I learned a lesson. You never know who is in those tinted-window cars. Never assume it's just a normal person," Smith said.

Smith's license was suspended due to speeding tickets, and she says she knew she shouldn't have been driving, but was running late for class at MATC and the bus wasn't there on time. Smith says she plans to fight th reckless driving citation, and feels it should have been a less expensive speeding ticket instead. Sheriff Clarke predicts she won't fare well in that fight.

That's hilarious.  lol   ;D

I hope he gets a job in the administration. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 07, 2016, 01:17:59 PM
Paul Ryan: 'I'd Love' to See Mitt Romney at State
By Sandy Fitzgerald   |    Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan said his former 2012 presidential running mate Mitt Romney remains a "good friend," and he would love to see the ex-Massachusetts governor be nominated as secretary of State, but he doesn't know yet what President-elect Donald Trump will eventually decide.

"I think he's going to make his choice pretty soon," the Wisconsin Republican told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday about Trump's decision. "I think Mitt would be fantastic. He's one of the most competent people I've ever known."

Ryan deferred comment about Romney's sharp criticism of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign to Romney himself, but admitted he and his former running mate were both surprised to find Trump was considering him for the vital Cabinet post.

However, Ryan said he is not surprised Trump has forgiven Romney for his comments, including in March, when he called the then-candidate a "phony."

"Now that I've gotten to know Donald Trump, which I didn't before, I'm not surprised," Ryan said. "He's extremely magnanimous in this . . . he is a very forgiving, very magnanimous kind of guy. I'm actually very impressed with how he's handled this.

"I'm very impressed with how he's handled just former critics from his own party, like say Mitt Romney, to everybody else. That he's basically saying let's unify this party, unify this country, get things done. That's exactly what I think people want to see."

Also, Ryan discussed Trump's lack of political experience, saying Wednesday he has "every confidence" Trump will separate himself from his business interests while serving in the White House.

"I have every bit of confidence he's going to get himself right with moving himself from the business guy that he is to the president he's going to be," Ryan told the program.

Trump plans next week to offer details about how he will separate from his businesses, indicating his three oldest children, Ivanka, Donald Jr., and Eric will run his business operations.

The new president-elect maintains several businesses and real estate holdings, and has already sold off his stock in other businesses in order to avoid the appearance of having a conflict of interest in his decisions.
 
Ryan said Trump's "legal details" for the business separation "do not concern him in Congress."

Meanwhile, Ryan said he is more concerned with pushing through an aggressive Republican policy agenda this year, and said lawmakers have been working on tax reform legislation for over a year.

"We've been working on welfare legislation, healthcare legislation, regulatory agenda, energy policy, so it's not just talking points," Ryan said. "What I told our members, assume we get the White House and Congress, do everything you need to do to get ready."

But that does not mean planned reforms on Obamacare will happen immediately – they will take time over a transition period.

"I think people believe with all the rhetoric, 'My gosh, in February I'm going to lose what I've got right now and I'll have nothing to go to," Ryan said. "The point we're trying to make is this law is just failing very, very quickly. We've got to replace this law. And we will have a transition period so that we don't pull the rug out from under people."

Congress will also move on regulatory reform, Ryan said, and on other items such as securing the nation's borders, tax reform, and more.

"We've got a big bold agenda we're working on," Ryan said. "We campaigned on this. We wanted to tell the country very clearly, here is what we hope to do under a unified Republican government if we win the election, which we just did. We feel we have the obligation to follow up on that and make good on those promises."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Paul-Ryan-Mitt-Romney-State-Department/2016/12/07/id/762685/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Soul Crusher on December 07, 2016, 01:20:09 PM
The meltdowns over Kelyl and Mattis on my FB page are amazing!!! 

Libfags!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 07, 2016, 03:15:52 PM
Trump Nominates WWE's Linda McMahon to Run SBA
By Todd Beamon   |    Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration.

"Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country's top female executives advising businesses around the globe," Trump said in a statement. "Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America's entrepreneurial spirit all across the country."

Her nomination must be confirmed by the Senate.

McMahon, 68, is a Republican who endorsed Trump during the primary.

"Donald Trump is a very smart man," she told a Connecticut television station shortly after Trump won the election, per Yahoo. "He listens to people."
 
In 1980, she co-founded WWE with her husband, Vince McMahon. Her duties included negotiating business deals, launching wrestling merchandise, signing wrestler contracts and spearheading community outreach efforts.

After leaving WWE in 2009, McMahon unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate twice in the Constitution State. She lost to Democrats Richard Blumenthal in 2010 and to Chris Murphy in 2012.
 
"Our small businesses are the largest source of job creation in our country," McMahon said in Trump's announcement. "I am honored to join the incredibly impressive economic team that President-elect Trump has assembled to ensure that we promote our country’s small businesses and help them grow and thrive."

McMahon's charitable activities include serving on the boards of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.; the Close Up Foundation in Washington, and American Corporate Partners in New York.

She also is an advisory board member of SoldierStrong, which provides scholarships and rehabilitation technology for veterans.

McMahon is a graduate of East Carolina University.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/WWE-Linda-McMahon-business-administration/2016/12/07/id/762775/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 07, 2016, 03:44:42 PM
Trump to nominate EPA critic Pruitt to lead agency
Published December 07, 2016
FoxNews.com
 
President-elect Donald Trump is planning to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt – an outspoken critic of the EPA – to lead the environmental agency, a senior transition source confirmed to Fox News.

Word of Trump’s choice for the Environmental Protection Agency came as the president-elect also named Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as his pick for ambassador to China and asked retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Trump announced late Wednesday as well that he’ll nominate Linda McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, as administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Pruitt may be the most controversial pick of the four.

Pruitt, 48, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and a critic of what he derides as the EPA's "activist agenda."

Representing his state as attorney general since 2011, Pruitt has repeatedly sued the EPA to roll back environmental regulations and other health protections. He joined with other Republican attorneys general in opposing the Clean Power Plan, which seeks to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Pruitt has argued that curbing carbon emissions would trample the sovereignty of state governments, drive up electricity rates, threaten the reliability of the nation's power grid and "create economic havoc."

His installment, if confirmed, would mark a significant break with the current EPA approach toward global warming.

In an opinion article published earlier this year by National Review, Pruitt suggested the debate over global warming "is far from settled" and claimed "scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind."

He also filed court briefs in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline project blocked by the Obama administration, which would have run through his state. And Pruitt sued the EPA over the agency's recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the federal Clean Water Act.

"Respect for private property rights have allowed our nation to thrive, but with the recently finalized rule, farmers, ranchers, developers, industry and individual property owners will now be subject to the unpredictable, unsound and often byzantine regulatory regime of the EPA," Pruitt said last year.

As word of Pruitt's nomination spread Wednesday, environmental and liberal groups quickly responded with condemnation.

Public Citizen called him a "terrible choice," saying in a statement: "Pruitt is cozy with the oil and gas industry and treats the EPA like an enemy."

Business leaders in his home state, however, lauded Pruitt's selection, especially those in the oil and gas industry.

"Scott Pruitt is a businessman and public servant and understands the impact regulation and legislation have in the business world," said Jeffrey McDougall, chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. "His appointment will put rational and reasonable regulation at the forefront."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/07/trump-to-nominate-epa-critic-pruitt-to-lead-agency.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 08, 2016, 09:04:03 AM
Trump Expected to Name CKE Restaurants CEO to Head Labor Department
(http://cdn.newsmax.com/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=2ced47ac-3d6f-4053-976e-1f9b7c669bed&SiteName=Newsmax&maxsidesize=600)
Image: Trump Expected to Name CKE Restaurants CEO to Head Labor Department
 (AP)
Thursday, 08 Dec 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name Andy Puzder, chief executive of CKE Restaurants Inc, as his nominee to head the U.S. Labor Department, according to a source familiar with the choice, putting a vocal critic of government intervention in labor markets in charge of workplace regulation.

Puzder, whose company operates the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's fast-food chains, appeared as a Trump surrogate during the presidential campaign.

The selection, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, was expected to be announced soon, the source said.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/CKE-restaurants-CEO-Labor-Department/2016/12/08/id/762889/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Howard on December 08, 2016, 11:27:58 AM
That's hilarious.  lol   ;D

I hope he gets a job in the administration. 

Sheriff Clarke is one of my favorite public officials


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 08, 2016, 12:16:37 PM
Potential Secretary Of State Pick Cozies Up To Russia, Says ‘We Don’t Need China’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), supposedly on a growing shortlist to become secretary of state, said Wednesday that “the Chinese are not our friends” and strongly suggested a better relationship with Russia would be “a good thing.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dana-rohrabacher-russia_us_5848f9ffe4b0d0aa037f46d2?
 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dana-rohrabacher-russia_us_5848f9ffe4b0d0aa037f46d2?)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 08, 2016, 12:44:09 PM
Potential Secretary Of State Pick Cozies Up To Russia, Says ‘We Don’t Need China’

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), supposedly on a growing shortlist to become secretary of state, said Wednesday that “the Chinese are not our friends” and strongly suggested a better relationship with Russia would be “a good thing.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dana-rohrabacher-russia_us_5848f9ffe4b0d0aa037f46d2?
 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dana-rohrabacher-russia_us_5848f9ffe4b0d0aa037f46d2?)





Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 08, 2016, 01:42:18 PM
Ha, ha. Once again you attack the messenger rather then discussing the message. Did you watch the video? What Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said in the interview is undeniable. Either you agree or disagree that China is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Russia or you don't.  That Rohrabacher is on the "short list" for Secretary of State is debatable since new candidates for this job are suggested almost on a daily basis.   


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on December 08, 2016, 01:46:56 PM
Ha, ha. Once again you attack the messenger rather then discussing the message. Did you watch the video? What Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said in the interview is undeniable. Either you agree or disagree that China is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Russia or you don't.  That Rohrabacher is on the "short list" for Secretary of State is debatable since new candidates for this job are suggested almost on a daily basis.   

Do you believe the Chinese are our friends and we shouldn't have a better relationship with Russia?

I am confused.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 08, 2016, 02:44:23 PM
Do you believe the Chinese are our friends and we shouldn't have a better relationship with Russia?

I am confused.

Don't be confused. I'm not. Neither China nor Russia are our friends. Better relationships with both these countries are very important. Putin and Trump appear have volatile personalities (just an observation). Let us hope that neither one ticks the other one off.

China's GNP was 16.08 trillion PPP dollars in 2013. Russia's was
3.328 trillion PPP dollars, slightly less than India's. I believe money talks.

Russia has 7,300 warheads, the United States has 6,970 warheads and China has 260 warheads. Of course we should have a better relationship with Russia, they have more firepower than we do. China not so much.  I have no idea if China is our "friend" or why that matters aside from trade agreements.

Some other things to think about.

Despite seeing the U.S. as an unfriendly nation, an overwhelming majority of Russians -- 71 percent -- believe Russia should strengthen its relations with the West. A smaller majority -- 52 percent -- think Russia should strengthen its relations with the Muslim world.

“The world is on the verge of radical change. We see that the European Union is gradually falling apart, how the US economy is crashing, and that all this will end with a new rearrangement of the world. In 10 years we can expect a new world order in which the key factor will be the alliance between China and Russia.” President of China Xi Jinping

I'd provide sources for this information, but you should look stuff up yourself. You might learn something new.


“We are currently observing the USA’s aggressive actions, both in regards of Russia and China. I believe that Russia and China can create an alliance before which NATO would be weak, and this would put an end to the imperialist ambitions of the West” stated Xi Jinping.  
 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 08, 2016, 02:51:26 PM
(http://www.getbig.com/boards/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=622257.0;attach=698102;image)

Whenever Trump doesn't like a woman he calls her ugly. This is really quite juvenile. Arianna Huffington may not be a great beauty, but she's hardly a train wreck either.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/01/a6/36/01a63663fd35ad83deb6603c72eb1dea.jpg)

Michael Huffington was bisexual before he and Arianna married. 

(http://www.famousbio.com/Picture/2015111623126288.jpg)



Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on December 08, 2016, 03:07:52 PM
Sheriff Clarke is one of my favorite public officials


Mine, too!

Unfortunately, you lack the amount of integrity necessary for any amount of credibility on this forum - deleting shameful posts you've made and blaming mods for the back peddling action.

You, Saint Rob, and Primemuscle all belong in one boat: the one that's sinking.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 08, 2016, 03:09:47 PM

Mine, too!

Unfortunately, you lack the amount of integrity necessary for any amount of credibility on this forum - deleting shameful posts you've made and blaming mods for the back peddling action.

You, Saint Rob, and Primemuscle all belong in one boat: the one that's sinking.

Aw!  :'(


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on December 08, 2016, 04:07:38 PM
Don't be confused. I'm not. Neither China nor Russia are our friends. Better relationships with both these countries are very important. Putin and Trump appear have volatile personalities (just an observation). Let us hope that neither one ticks the other one off.


We are currently in a cold war with Russia - in regards to Syria and Assad. IMO, Putin seems like the only leader in Europe with any common sense.

There isn't much that Trump can do now to piss off Putin further, other than blatantly attack Russian forces or territories.

China is a completely different animal though.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 08, 2016, 04:41:15 PM
Ha, ha. Once again you attack the messenger rather then discussing the message. Did you watch the video? What Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) said in the interview is undeniable. Either you agree or disagree that China is a bigger threat to the U.S. than Russia or you don't.  That Rohrabacher is on the "short list" for Secretary of State is debatable since new candidates for this job are suggested almost on a daily basis.   

Why would anyone discuss anything with you?  Going forward, you're just gonna shit on anything Trump says or does.

The jury returned the verdict. You lost. What upside is there for anyone to give a flying fuck what you or any other Libtard think, feel or have to say about anything?

Seriously, move to Canada. The Prime Minister there is obviously more to your liking.

This is your reality in the U.S:



Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on December 08, 2016, 04:46:14 PM
Senility only worsens with age.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 09, 2016, 01:26:57 PM
Good.

Ex-New York Mayor Giuliani Not Trump's Pick for Secretary of State
Friday, 09 Dec 2016

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is no longer under consideration to serve as U.S. secretary of state under President-elect Donald Trump, CNN reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source.
 
CNN said Giuliani has been told he is no longer in contention for the top U.S. diplomat post.

Other contenders include 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Exxon Mobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson.

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/new-york-giuliani-trump/2016/12/09/id/763185/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 09, 2016, 01:47:00 PM
I was pulling for Rudy as Attorney General. I don't see him as a Secretary of State. He's a law and order guy.

That said, there was a story about Comey being asked to step down as FBI Director. That could be Rudy's spot.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 09, 2016, 01:48:20 PM
It's hard to imagine all the considerations a President elect must make in choosing their cabinet. All Cabinet members are nominated by the President and then presented to the Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. In Trump's case he'll be working with a Republican controlled Senate. This does not guarantee all his selections will be approved. Rogue picks may be harder to win approval.

Everyone is likely advising Trump as to the best choices. It's been rumored that his family is weighing in on this. They may be unaware of the political ramifications of who the candidates end up being. We've seen examples throughout Trump's campaigns (primary and general) of him ignoring expert advice, doing what he wants.  It's hard to tell how this will play out over the next several weeks.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 09, 2016, 03:03:02 PM
I was pulling for Rudy as Attorney General. I don't see him as a Secretary of State. He's a law and order guy.

That said, there was a story about Comey being asked to step down as FBI Director. That could be Rudy's spot.

I think his best fit was Homeland Security, but agree FBI Director would be good too.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 09, 2016, 03:06:35 PM
It's hard to imagine all the considerations a President elect must make in choosing their cabinet. All Cabinet members are nominated by the President and then presented to the Senate for confirmation or rejection by a simple majority. In Trump's case he'll be working with a Republican controlled Senate. This does not guarantee all his selections will be approved. Rogue picks may be harder to win approval.

Everyone is likely advising Trump as to the best choices. It's been rumored that his family is weighing in on this. They may be unaware of the political ramifications of who the candidates end up being. We've seen examples throughout Trump's campaigns (primary and general) of him ignoring expert advice, doing what he wants.  It's hard to tell how this will play out over the next several weeks.

He is doing a bang up job so far.  Proven, successful leaders over Ivy League academics.  Marines in top level defense positions.  I like it. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 09, 2016, 03:07:42 PM
Ex-Ford Chief Mulally in Mix for Secretary of State, Conway Says
Friday, 09 Dec 2016

President-elect Donald Trump’s short list for secretary of state has grown, with former Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally now under consideration for the job as the nation’s top diplomat, a top adviser said Friday.

Mulally met with Trump Thursday in New York to discuss the position, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News. Mulally, 71, helped engineer a turnaround at the automaker while avoiding the bankruptcies that befell its crosstown rivals, General Motors Co. and Chrysler, now part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. He previously served as head of Boeing Co.’s commercial airline business division.

“This is an important process,” Conway said. Trump “is welcoming in a number of men and women who have very diverse backgrounds.”

Conway said Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former CIA Director David Petraeus, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, and Representative Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican, were also among the names under consideration.

Trump’s Vision

Conway has publicly warned that the selection of Romney could upset Trump voters who see the former Massachusetts governor as too aligned with the political establishment. She said Friday that whoever was selected would need to hew to the president-elect’s foreign policy vision.

“You have to be able to adhere to what will be the Trump doctrine worldwide and be able to execute it,” she said.

While Conway didn’t indicate who was Trump’s leading contender, she did praise some of the candidates. She said Corker, a Republican from Tennessee, would likely “face easy confirmation” by his colleagues. And she praised Giuliani as “a very close and loyal adviser throughout the campaign” who remains “still in the mix.”
 
She acknowledged that Mulally would be an interesting choice considering that Trump has targeted two firms he helped lead. Earlier this week, Trump tweeted that Boeing’s contract to build the next Air Force One plane was too expensive. He has said he wants to keep Ford from moving manufacturing plants from the U.S. to Mexico.

Staved Off Bankruptcy

Mulally, who retired as CEO of Ford in 2014, earned bipartisan praise for his efforts at the iconic automaker, staving off bankruptcy by globalizing new models, cutting costs, boosting technology and overhauling the lineup with fuel-efficient vehicles such as the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup.

After leaving Ford, Mulally joined the board of Google, now part of Alphabet Inc., just as the tech giant was stepping up research into self-driving cars.

Before leaving Ford, Mulally had been considered for the top job at Microsoft Corp. that ultimately went to Satya Nadella. There was also speculation that he could join the Obama administration because he sat on Barack Obama’s Export Council, formed in 2010 to advise the president on trade.

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/mulally-secretary-of-state/2016/12/09/id/763187/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 09, 2016, 03:56:01 PM
He is doing a bang up job so far.  Proven, successful leaders over Ivy League academics.  Marines in top level defense positions.  I like it. 

I hope it all works out for him the way he wants....otherwise, he'll be tweeting that the Senate is rigged.  :D


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 09, 2016, 04:11:34 PM
I hope it all works out for him the way he wants....otherwise, he'll be tweeting that the Senate is rigged.  :D

He shouldn't have much to complain about for at least the first couple years. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: TheGrinch on December 09, 2016, 06:40:03 PM
what happened to Sheriff – David A. Clarke??

wasn't he supposed to head up some cabinet position??


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 09, 2016, 07:20:20 PM
what happened to Sheriff – David A. Clarke??

wasn't he supposed to head up some cabinet position??

Nah.  I was just hoping.  I think he will get some job in the administration. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on December 10, 2016, 01:41:25 AM
what happened to Sheriff – David A. Clarke??

wasn't he supposed to head up some cabinet position??


There was lots of buzz that he was a serious contender, and he's publicly stated he would consider any role offered.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: SOMEPARTS on December 10, 2016, 12:41:09 PM
Rex Tillerson as SOS.  More liberal tears....

So this guy has been CEO of Exxon Mobil.

Two ways to look at this.

1) oh my god oil is going to $300! he's friends with putin and other oil people! he hates the earth! he's an old white guy!

2) a deal maker with big world experience. knows energy and its influence on world politics. already been everywhere. does happens to know putin well, which is great because why were the left trying to go to war with russia again? oh that pipeline from saudi and qatar through syria...


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on December 10, 2016, 03:40:25 PM
Rex Tillerson as SOS.  More liberal tears....

So this guy has been CEO of Exxon Mobil.

Two ways to look at this.

1) oh my god oil is going to $300! he's friends with putin and other oil people! he hates the earth! he's an old white guy!

2) a deal maker with big world experience. knows energy and its influence on world politics. already been everywhere. does happens to know putin well, which is great because why were the left trying to go to war with russia again? oh that pipeline from saudi and qatar through syria...
Don't know too much about this guy. I still say that Trump could have done better with choosing "outsiders" but he is doing the interviews so may be seeing something behind the scenes hopefully.

A lot of these guys may be like him in that they are a part of a system but willing/wanting to change things.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Irongrip400 on December 10, 2016, 03:48:27 PM
I was pulling for Rudy as Attorney General. I don't see him as a Secretary of State. He's a law and order guy.

That said, there was a story about Comey being asked to step down as FBI Director. That could be Rudy's spot.

Any chance he ends up being Trumps SC nominee?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 10, 2016, 04:42:19 PM
Any chance he ends up being Trumps SC nominee?

I never thought of that. I guess it's a possibility but I'm having a hard time visualizing it.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Irongrip400 on December 11, 2016, 05:31:34 AM
I never thought of that. I guess it's a possibility but I'm having a hard time visualizing it.

I'm just wondering where he fits in. I'm not saying Trump owes him anything for his loyalty, just that he is a very intelligent person and there has to be a place for him somewhere, don't you think?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 11, 2016, 06:03:48 AM
I'm just wondering where he fits in. I'm not saying Trump owes him anything for his loyalty, just that he is a very intelligent person and there has to be a place for him somewhere, don't you think?

I believe he was offered Homeland Security and turned it down. Rudy has been in Government for most of his life. My guess is that he's tired of various aspects of it and is only gonna do something he really wants.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Montague on December 11, 2016, 06:43:24 AM
I believe he was offered Homeland Security and turned it down. Rudy has been in Government for most of his life. My guess is that he's tired of various aspects of it and is only gonna do something he really wants.


I would certainly think that he and Trump have discussed the prospect(s) in some capacity so far.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 12, 2016, 09:30:53 AM
Five Facts About Donald Trump’s Expected Pick for Interior Secretary, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
trumpMark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP
by NEIL MUNRO
9 Dec 2016

Donald Trump is expected to pick Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his Interior Secretary, making her a central player in his plans to jump-start the domestic oil, natural gas and coal industries.

She was first elected in 2004, and is now the fourth-ranking person in the GOP’s House leadership, under House Speaker Paul Ryan.

She also had time to birth three children while in Congress. Here’s her Instagram account, and a cute picture of her balancing work and child-rearing.

Feminists and social-liberal don’t like her conservative social record. According to an respectful but unfriendly profile in Slate.com,

McMorris Rodgers has voted like a standard conservative, for cuts to nearly every social service. She voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and in favor of cutting funding for birth control. Last year, she supported a version of the Violence Against Women Act that excluded gay, immigrant, and Native American women, calling them a “side issue.” And her constituents once delivered empty milk bottles to her office to protest her support for cuts in the “WIC” nutritional program. The war on women, Matt Yglesias points out, is not about symbols. It’s about public policy. So if you want something like that done, ask another woman.

McMorris Rodgers is from Washington state, where her constituents include Microsoft Corp. and apple growers, and so she has strongly backed large-scale immigration of white-collar graduates and unskilled, illiterate apple-pickers. She supported the 2013 “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” push, which failed in June 2014 when GOP primary voters demonstrated their opposition by defeating GOP majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor.

In 2011, she co-sponsored a bill to sell off 0.6 percent of the 500 million acres of government-owned land. Those holdings add up to 20 percent of the nation’s real-estate. She gets little love from upper-income environmental groups, because she generally favors drilling, mining and logging on the huge tracts of government-owned land in the western half of the United States. She will also have a huge say on the construction of oil and natural-gas pipelines.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/12/09/five-facts-donald-trumps-pick-interior-secretary-rep/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 12, 2016, 09:33:35 AM
NBC News: Trump Chooses Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State
By Mark Swanson   |   Saturday, 10 Dec 2016

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state, NBC News reported Saturday.

Andrea Mitchell, citing two sources, reported Tillerson will be named sometime next week.

Further, Mitchell reported former UN ambassador John Bolton will be named deputy secretary of state.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Tillerson-Secretary-State/2016/12/10/id/763271/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 12, 2016, 09:34:33 AM
Rick Perry Said to Be Trump's Top Candidate for Energy Secretary
Sunday, 11 Dec 2016

Donald Trump has narrowed his search for energy secretary to four people, with former Texas Governor Rick Perry the leading candidate, said people familiar with the president-elect’s selection process.

Two Democratic senators from energy-producing states -- Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- are also in the mix, along with Ray Washburne, a Dallas investor and former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Trump met with Perry and Washburne while attending the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore on Saturday. It was at least the second time he’d spoken to the two men for potential roles in the new administration.

Trump is scheduled to meet with Manchin in New York. Heitkamp met with Trump on Dec. 2.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/rick-perry-trump-pick/2016/12/11/id/763342/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 12, 2016, 06:17:02 PM
Good.  I think Laura Ingraham would be better for this position.  Conway should just serve as a senior advisor. 

Kellyanne Conway: I Turned Down WH Press Secretary Job
By Cathy Burke   |    Monday, 12 Dec 2016
 
President-elect Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Monday she'd been offered the job of the White House press secretary, but "politely" turned it down.

In an interview aired Monday on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," the former Trump campaign manager agreed with Hewitt's observation that Trump "is his own best spokesman."

"I have politely declined that job," she said. "I think it’s an incredibly important position to fill. And I know that there will be a qualified man or woman who takes that position and does an excellent job for President Trump and Vice President Pence."

"As you can imagine, if it’s President Trump’s administration, communications will be a very important aspect of it. And there will be a number of people handling that."
 
But she took a swipe at the press corps that new press secretary will face as well.

"I think the skeptical, the hostile press will continue the way they have, frankly, in this last five weeks since he got elected," she said. "And I think many of them are election deniers still fighting the last war, still thinking we’re in the permanent campaign."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/kellyanne-conway-turned-down-white-house/2016/12/12/id/763562/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 12, 2016, 06:31:53 PM
Good.  I think Laura Ingraham would be better for this position.  Conway should just serve as a senior advisor. 

Kellyanne Conway: I Turned Down WH Press Secretary Job
By Cathy Burke   |    Monday, 12 Dec 2016
 
President-elect Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Monday she'd been offered the job of the White House press secretary, but "politely" turned it down.

In an interview aired Monday on "The Hugh Hewitt Show," the former Trump campaign manager agreed with Hewitt's observation that Trump "is his own best spokesman."

"I have politely declined that job," she said. "I think it’s an incredibly important position to fill. And I know that there will be a qualified man or woman who takes that position and does an excellent job for President Trump and Vice President Pence."

"As you can imagine, if it’s President Trump’s administration, communications will be a very important aspect of it. And there will be a number of people handling that."
 
But she took a swipe at the press corps that new press secretary will face as well.

"I think the skeptical, the hostile press will continue the way they have, frankly, in this last five weeks since he got elected," she said. "And I think many of them are election deniers still fighting the last war, still thinking we’re in the permanent campaign."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/kellyanne-conway-turned-down-white-house/2016/12/12/id/763562/

Has it occurred to any of you that never before (as best as this senior can remember) has the President Elect's cabinet choosing been such big news. I can hardly keep up with who is in and who is out. It seems to change on a daily basis. Recently, there have been a few folks who claim they've turned down Trump on his offers for a place in his cabinet. Whether this is true or not, we may never know. Heck they may not even have been offered a position and these are just face saving statements to the press. Help us if soon to be President Trump is so indecisive that he changes his mind on a daily basis.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 12, 2016, 06:36:19 PM
Has it occurred to any of you that never before (as best as this senior can remember) has the President Elect's cabinet choosing been such big news. I can hardly keep up with who is in and who is out. It seems to change on a daily basis. Recently, there have been a few folks who claim they've turned down Trump on his offers for a place in his cabinet. Whether this is true or not, we may never know. Heck they may not even have been offered a position and these are just face saving statements to the press. Help us if soon to be President Trump is so indecisive that he changes his mind on a daily basis.

Probably a combination of Trump being a celebrity, him treating this like a show, the historic nature of his election, and the media wanting him to crash and burn so there is heightened media coverage. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 12, 2016, 06:43:28 PM
Probably a combination of Trump being a celebrity, him treating this like a show, the historic nature of his election, and the media wanting him to crash and burn so there is heightened media coverage. 

See, this is why I keep conversing with you. These little nuggets of wisdom is what I was talking about in another post where I wrote, in essence, I appreciate you all's perspective on these matters.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 12, 2016, 06:51:46 PM
See, this is why I keep conversing with you. These little nuggets of wisdom is what I was talking about in another post where I wrote, in essence, I appreciate you all's perspective on these matters.

Thanks.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 13, 2016, 05:40:21 PM
Trump to pick Rep. Zinke, ex-SEAL, as Interior secretary
Published December 13, 2016 
FoxNews.com

President-elect Donald Trump intends to pick Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke as secretary of the Interior, multiple sources confirmed Tuesday evening to Fox News.

Zinke is a first-term House member and a former Navy SEAL commander. 

Neither the Trump transition team nor Zinke has made a public statement. But Zinke reportedly has accepted the offer.

He was purportedly in the running with Washington Rep. Kathy McMorris Rogers, who met at least twice with Trump, a fellow Republican, in recent days.

McMorris Rogers has made no official statement either. But she posted a message late Tuesday on her Facebook page that suggested she will remain on Capitol Hill as part of House Speaker Paul Ryan’s leadership team.

“It was an honor to be invited to spend time with the President-elect, and I’m energized more than ever to continue leading in Congress as we think big, reimagine this government, and put people back at the center of it,” McMorris Rogers wrote.

Zinke was an early Trump supporter and serves on the House’s Natural Resources Committee. He met Monday with Trump in New York.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/13/trump-to-pick-rep-zinke-ex-seal-as-interior-secretary.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 13, 2016, 05:47:57 PM
Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, Bob Gates Praise Tillerson Choice
By Jeffrey Rodack and Todd Beaman   |   Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016

Republicans who have long stood hard against Russia and President Vladimir Putin Tuesday widely praised President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, as strong corporate executive who understands the challenges facing the United States on many fronts around the world.

They include Dick Cheney, Bob Gates, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, James A. Baker III and Jeb Bush.

However, several key GOP senators — Marco Rubio of Florida, John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — expressed concerns about Tillerson's close ties to Russia.

"He would bring to the position vast knowledge, experience and success in dealing with dozens of governments and leaders in every corner of the world," Gates said of Tillerson. "He is a person of great integrity whose only goal in office would be to protect and advance the interests of the United States."

Gates, a Trump adviser who has served as CIA director and defense secretary, acknowledged that Exxon Mobil was "one of many clients" of RiceHadleyGates, a consulting firm owned by him and Rice.

"Rex Tillerson is an excellent choice for Secretary of State," said Rice, who served as in the post under President George W. Bush. "He will bring to the post remarkable and broad international experience; a deep understanding of the global economy; and a belief in America's special role in the world."

Trump said Tuesday that he would nominate Tillerson, 64, who has helmed the world's largest oil company since 2006, to become the nation's top diplomat, saying that he was "one of the truly great business leaders of the world."

Tillerson said that he would work to restore America's credibility on the international stage.

"We must focus on strengthening our alliances, pursuing shared national interests and enhancing the strength, security and sovereignty of the United States," he said in a statement with Trump's announcement.

Cheney, the former two-term vice president, called Tillerson "an inspired choice."

"I've known Rex for many years both in his role as the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil and as a personal friend," he said. "He has the vast experience, ability, and judgment to deal with the very dangerous world we find confronting us.

"I'm confident that he will do a superb job promoting our national interests in dealing with the complex and difficult choices that are on the agenda for the next administration."

On Twitter, Rumsfeld, a defense secretary under two presidents, said:
 
Donald Rumsfeld  ✔@RumsfeldOffice
W/ the addition of Tillerson, a talented exec & skillful negotiator, @realDonaldTrump seems to be assembling an accomplished & able cabinet.
8:54 AM - 13 Dec 2016

Baker, who served as secretary of state under former President George H.W. Bush, said that Tillerson has "demonstrated the management and negotiating skills, and has the international experience, that are required for the job.

"I am confident that he will understand the global challenges facing the United States and has the intellect to address them."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who quit the presidential race in February, praised Tillerson's "vast experience" and called him a "patriot."

The corporate executive will "represent the interests of United States really, really well," Bush told WJHL-TV in Kingston, Tenn.

However, the Senate "will have the chance to discuss all these things in an opening hearing," he cautioned. "That's how the process works."

These endorsements came as some senators voiced concerns about the Exxon Mobil CEO's ties to the Kremlin — dating back nearly two decades.

In 2013, Russia awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship. He visited with Putin's inner circle two years later.

In 2011, he signed an agreement with Russia allowing Exxon Mobil to drill in the Arctic Ocean. The deal was valued at as much as $300 billion.

Neither McCain, Rubio, nor Graham has said that they would vote to confirm Tillerson when he comes up for nomination in the Senate, but they expressed reservations about his Moscow dealings.

Rubio said that while Tillerson was "a respected businessman, I have serious concerns about his nomination.

"The next secretary of state must be someone who views the world with moral clarity, is free of potential conflicts of interest, has a clear sense of America's interests, and will be a forceful advocate for America's foreign policy goals to the president, within the administration, and on the world stage."

The senator promised "a full and fair but also thorough hearing" for Tillerson when he comes before the Foreign Relations Committee.

If confirmed by the panel, Tillerson's nomination would be voted on by the full Senate.

Graham, who said last week that he was spearheading several investigations into Moscow because he wanted President Vladimir Putin "personally to pay a price," said that he looked forward to discussing Tillerson's "world view — especially his views of the U.S.-Russian relationship.

"Based upon his extensive business dealings with the Putin government and his previous opposition of efforts to impose sanctions on the Russian government, there are many questions which must be answered," Graham added. "I expect the U.S.-Russian relationship to be front and center in his confirmation process."

McCain told CNN Tuesday that "anybody who is a friend of Vladimir Putin must disregard the fact that Vladimir Putin is a murderer, a thug, and KGB agent, whose airlines, as we speak, have been targeting, with precision weapons, hospitals in Aleppo, who have committed atrocities throughout the region — and has destabilized Ukraine.

"The list goes on and on."

Other Republicans also lauded Trump's choice on Tuesday:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky:

"We need a full review of our national security policy, and I know Rex will face each problem head on with American interests and security as his top priority."

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin:

"A proven leader and person of enormous accomplishment."

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas:

"His experience will be critical as the next Secretary of State will face a broad array of diplomatic challenges that will define the security and success of our nation for generations."

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

"Mr. Tillerson is a very impressive individual and has an extraordinary working knowledge of the world."

Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma:

"I am confident that he will leverage our global leadership position to strengthen the United States and our allies around the world."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who reportedly was being considered for the top diplomatic post:

"Getting Rex Tillerson to serve as Secretary of State is a great achievement by President elect Trump."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/rex-tillerson-donald-trump-exxonmobil-praise/2016/12/13/id/763672/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 13, 2016, 06:50:41 PM
Has it occurred to any of you that never before (as best as this senior can remember) has the President Elect's cabinet choosing been such big news. I can hardly keep up with who is in and who is out. It seems to change on a daily basis. Recently, there have been a few folks who claim they've turned down Trump on his offers for a place in his cabinet. Whether this is true or not, we may never know. Heck they may not even have been offered a position and these are just face saving statements to the press. Help us if soon to be President Trump is so indecisive that he changes his mind on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, in one month, all the major picks have been made. Maybe, you're the one who's a fuck up. That is a possibility.

Tillerson - Secretary of State

Mattis - Defense

Sessions - Attorney General

Mnuchin - Treasury Department


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 15, 2016, 11:31:15 AM
Trump Considering Navy Admiral Michelle Howard for VA Secretary
By Jeffrey Rodack   |    Thursday, 15 Dec 2016

Navy Admiral Michelle Howard is under consideration by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Word that Trump is giving some thought to picking her came in a Thursday tweet from Maggie Haberman of the New York Times.
 
Howard is currently the commander of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe. She is the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, The Hill reported.

Just this week, the website noted, a group of 20 veterans had asked Trump to "strongly consider" keeping current VA Secretary Bob McDonald.

"While you continue your deliberations over who you will select to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, we ask you to strongly consider the proven track record of the current VA Secretary, Bob McDonald, who is leading the largest transformation in the department's history," the group said in a letter to Trump.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Navy-admiral-Michelle-Howard-VA/2016/12/15/id/764180/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Thin Lizzy on December 15, 2016, 02:05:38 PM
Monica got a gig:



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/15/monica-crowley-fox-news-personality-to-join-trump-s-national-security-council.html

Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, has been tapped by the Trump administration as the senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, the Trump transition team announced Thursday.
“I am deeply honored, humbled and grateful to be asked by the President-elect to join the extraordinary national security team he is assembling,” said Crowley in a statement. “With vision, courage and moral clarity, he is committed fully to re-establishing America's singular place in the world. He is also committed to selecting the best people for the jobs of keeping the American people safe and the country secure. It will be a great privilege to serve with them.”
Crowley’s selection was first reported by The Daily Beast.

Now, that's a good lookin' woman:

(http://img7.hotnessrater.com/368678/monica-crowley.jpg?w=4000&h=6000)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 15, 2016, 03:46:52 PM
Monica got a gig:



http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/15/monica-crowley-fox-news-personality-to-join-trump-s-national-security-council.html

Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, has been tapped by the Trump administration as the senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council, the Trump transition team announced Thursday.
“I am deeply honored, humbled and grateful to be asked by the President-elect to join the extraordinary national security team he is assembling,” said Crowley in a statement. “With vision, courage and moral clarity, he is committed fully to re-establishing America's singular place in the world. He is also committed to selecting the best people for the jobs of keeping the American people safe and the country secure. It will be a great privilege to serve with them.”
Crowley’s selection was first reported by The Daily Beast.

Now, that's a good lookin' woman:

(http://img7.hotnessrater.com/368678/monica-crowley.jpg?w=4000&h=6000)


Nice.  She is one of my favorites.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 16, 2016, 08:40:05 AM
Trump expected to name Sean Spicer White House press secretary
By GABBY MORRONGIELLO (@GABRIELLAHOPE_) • 12/15/16

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Republican National Committee spokesman and chief strategist Sean Spicer to serve as White House press secretary, sources with direct knowledge told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.

Spicer first became involved with Trump in August when he agreed to work in New York three to four days a week as an on-site adviser to the campaign while maintaining his position with the RNC. He has since become a senior spokesman for the president-elect's transition operation and has been responsible for briefing reporters each morning on the transition team's day-to-day activities.

"Sean has come out to be the leading contender for the podium position," a GOP source told the Examiner, adding that a formal announcement could come as soon as Friday.

Reached by the Examiner, Spicer did not confirm or deny his selection for the post.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/exclusive-trump-expected-to-name-sean-spicer-white-house-press-secretary/article/2609766?utm_campaign=Washington%20Examiner:%20Breaking%20News%20Alert&utm_source=Washington%20Examiner:%20Breaking%20News%20Alert%20-%2012/1


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: TheGrinch on December 17, 2016, 08:39:30 AM
Trump expected to name Sean Spicer White House press secretary
By GABBY MORRONGIELLO (@GABRIELLAHOPE_) • 12/15/16

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to pick Republican National Committee spokesman and chief strategist Sean Spicer to serve as White House press secretary, sources with direct knowledge told the Washington Examiner on Thursday.

Spicer first became involved with Trump in August when he agreed to work in New York three to four days a week as an on-site adviser to the campaign while maintaining his position with the RNC. He has since become a senior spokesman for the president-elect's transition operation and has been responsible for briefing reporters each morning on the transition team's day-to-day activities.

"Sean has come out to be the leading contender for the podium position," a GOP source told the Examiner, adding that a formal announcement could come as soon as Friday.

Reached by the Examiner, Spicer did not confirm or deny his selection for the post.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/exclusive-trump-expected-to-name-sean-spicer-white-house-press-secretary/article/2609766?utm_campaign=Washington%20Examiner:%20Breaking%20News%20Alert&utm_source=Washington%20Examiner:%20Breaking%20News%20Alert%20-%2012/1

Should have been Milo


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 19, 2016, 10:17:51 AM
Trump Picks Fiscal Hawk Mulvaney to Head OMB
By Sandy Fitzgerald   |   Saturday, 17 Dec 2016

President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday named Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a noted Capitol Hill fiscal hawk, to head the Office of Management and Budget, calling him a "high-energy leader" and signaling a tougher stance on government spending.

"We are going to do great things for the American people with Mick Mulvaney leading the Office of Management and Budget," Trump said in a statement, reports The Washington Post. "Right now we are nearly $20 trillion in debt, but Mick is a very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our country from drowning in red ink."

Trump said by adding the South Carolina Republican to head OMB, his administration will "make smart choices about America's budget, bring new accountability to our federal government, and renew the American taxpayer's trust in how their money is spent."

Mulvaney, 49, was elected during the 2010 Republican sweep, but quickly established himself as a fiscal conservative and played a key role in the passage of budget caps in 2011.

He also has pushed his own party to seek spending cuts, and House Speaker Paul Ryan on Saturday said Trump made the right choice.

"In Congress, he has been a conservative reformer from day one, proposing solutions to fix the budget process and our regulatory system," said Ryan, R-Wisconsin. "At OMB, he will lead the work he has started to improve the way government does the people's business."

Mulvaney, as a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, was part of a group of lawmakers who pushed former House Speaker John Boehner to resign in 2015, and while he's a conservative hard-liner, he has also broken ranks with his party several times.

One of his particular emphasis has been on defense spending, including the overseas contingency operations war funding stream, which allows a way to fund military and anti-terror operations overseas while avoiding spending caps.

He also favors a Constitutional amendment that would mandate a balanced budget.

Mulvaney, as OMB director, will be in charge of overseeing Trump's call for a tax code overhaul. The president-elect wants to slash the nation's corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent, while streamlining the tax code for America's households.

Trump also has called for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending, a move Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, oppose the measure.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Mick-Mulvaney-Trump-Budget/2016/12/16/id/764413/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 19, 2016, 10:19:23 AM
Trump's Army secretary pick is a billionaire NHL owner, West Point grad
By: Leo Shane III, December 19, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump on Monday nominated billionaire philanthropist Vincent Viola as the next secretary of the Army.

Viola, founder of digital stock trading firm Virtu Financial and owner of the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers, is a 1977 West Point graduate who rose to the rank of major in the Army Reserve.

If confirmed, he’ll effectively be the fourth new secretary for the service in the last two years.

Current Army Secretary Eric Fanning was nominated to replace John McHugh in late 2015, but did not officially take over the job until May because of a lengthy confirmation fight with Congress. Deputy Army Secretary Patrick Murphy served in an acting role for more than four months.

No timetable has been set for when Viola’s confirmation hearing may take place. In a statement, he called the responsibility of the role an honor and a challenge.

“If confirmed, I will work tirelessly to provide our president with the land force he will need to accomplish any mission in support of his national defense strategy,” he said. “A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict.”

Trump praised Viola as “a man of outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision” who will help keep America safe.

“Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge,” he said in a statement.

Viola brings a wealth of business experience to Trump’s Pentagon, and will be a key figure in helping carry out the next president’s promises to cut waste and build up America’s armed forces.

The 60-year-old businessman is a former chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and was serving in that role during the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington, D.C.

In response, he helped found the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, a privately funded research wing of the school focused on “counterterrorism policy and strategy” and “ways to confront the dynamic threat environment” facing America today.

He has also been a donor to numerous Army charities and support networks, including the Army Cyber Institute, the Modern War Institute and Army athletic programs.

He’s the son of Italian immigrants, and his father served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

The Army appointment will require Viola to step away from several of his business holdings, including his NHL franchise. In a statement, team officials said ownership of the Florida Panthers will remain in the Viola family, but the team’s vice chairman will take over operations responsibilities.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/vincent-viola-trump-army-secretary


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 22, 2016, 09:43:37 AM
Trump Taps Peter Navarro, Vocal Critic of China, for New Trade Post
By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM
DEC. 21, 2016

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday named a strident China critic, Peter Navarro, to lead a new White House office overseeing American trade and industrial policy, in the latest sign that Mr. Trump is moving to reshape relations between the world’s two largest economies.

Mr. Trump also said the billionaire investor Carl Icahn would serve as a special adviser on regulatory issues, another area of economic policy in which the president-elect wants big changes.

The appointments reflect Mr. Trump’s ambition to increase economic growth by hammering at what he regards as critical roadblocks. He has promised to expand American manufacturing by reducing federal regulation and by preventing what he has described as unfair competition from Chinese manufacturers. The choices of Mr. Navarro and Mr. Icahn also reflect Mr. Trump’s manifest preference for advisers who are loyal, and who do not have government experience.

Mr. Navarro, 67, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, who holds a doctorate from Harvard, is the only credentialed economist in Mr. Trump’s inner circle. He is the author of a series of jeremiads, including a 2012 documentary film, “Death by China,” in which an animation of a Chinese knife stabs a map of the United States and causes blood to run freely. Mr. Navarro has said that China is effectively waging an economic war by subsidizing exports to the United States and impeding imports from it. Mr. Trump, influenced by Mr. Navarro’s work, described this on the campaign trail as “the greatest theft in the history of the world.”

Mr. Trump has said he will persuade Beijing to change its policies by applying pressure, including designating China a currency manipulator; enforcing existing trade laws more vigorously; and, if necessary, imposing a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports. In a statement, Mr. Trump described Mr. Navarro as “a visionary economist” and said he would “develop trade policies that shrink our trade deficit, expand our growth and help stop the exodus of jobs from our shores.”

A wide range of economists have warned that curtailing trade with China would damage the American economy, forcing consumers to pay higher prices for goods and services. Experts on manufacturing also doubt that the government can significantly increase factory employment, noting that mechanization is the major reason fewer people are working in factories.

Mr. Navarro’s appointment reinforces a basic division among Mr. Trump’s economic advisers. The people he has chosen to oversee trade policy, Mr. Navarro and Wilbur Ross, another billionaire investor, both favor increased trade restrictions. But Mr. Trump’s broader circle of advisers is dominated by proponents of free trade, including Mr. Icahn; Gary D. Cohn, the president of Goldman Sachs, who will lead the National Economic Council; Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, who was tapped for secretary of state; and Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa, Mr. Trump’s choice for ambassador to China. Mr. Trump is also considering the appointment of Larry Kudlow, a strong proponent of trade, to lead his Council of Economic Advisers.

Mr. Trump has also promised to edit the federal rule book, removing what he has described as overly burdensome restrictions. He said last month that the government would eliminate two regulations for each new rule it put on the books. For Mr. Icahn, who will not draw a salary, the new role formalizes his relationship with Mr. Trump, whom he advised on economic issues throughout the campaign. Mr. Icahn, 80, has no experience in government; like a growing number of Mr. Trump’s appointees, he was prized for his success as a businessman.

Mr. Icahn, a brash New York billionaire who vocally supported Mr. Trump during the campaign, made his fortune as a “corporate raider,” buying stakes in corporations and demanding changes to reward shareholders. “Carl was with me from the beginning, and with his being one of the world’s great businessmen, that was something I truly appreciated,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “His help on the strangling regulations that our country is faced with will be invaluable.”

Outsiders, Insiders and Multimillionaires in Trump’s Cabinet
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s cabinet and top staff are shaping up to be a mix of wealthy Washington outsiders, Republican insiders and former military officers who have been critical of the Obama administration.

Mr. Icahn will also play a role in the selection of a new chairman for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the regulator that serves as the referee for his battles with corporations.

Mr. Icahn, the child of two New York schoolteachers, was not known for political activism before the 2016 campaign, and he has insisted that he wants to help the country, not himself. But Mr. Trump’s choice of a major corporate investor to play a role in rewriting regulations that could affect those companies renewed concerns about conflicts of interest in the next administration.

“The corrupt nature of this arrangement cannot be understated,” Eric Walker, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement about Mr. Icahn’s appointment. “Voters who wanted Trump to drain the swamp just got another face full of mud.”

Mr. Navarro has built a quiet career as an academic economist, publishing papers on subjects like why businesses give to charity, electricity deregulation and the economics of trash collection.

He also mounted four unsuccessful political campaigns as a Democrat between 1992 and 2001, including candidacies for mayor of San Diego and a House seat in Congress.

He has said that he started paying attention to China in the early 2000s because he noticed that graduates of the business school at California, Irvine, were starting to lose jobs as a result of globalization. In 2011, he wrote a letter to Mr. Trump about his book “Death by China,” which the movie was based on, and the men began to correspond. Over the past year, Mr. Navarro became an increasingly important campaign adviser on economic issues. But he and Mr. Trump had not met in person until September.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/us/politics/peter-navarro-carl-icahn-trump-china-trade.html?_r=0


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 22, 2016, 09:44:41 AM
Trump taps Conway as counselor to president
Published December 22, 2016 
FoxNews.com

Kellyanne Conway, the indefatigable campaign operative who became the face of Donald Trump's successful presidential bid, has been named counselor to the president.

Conway, who joined Trump's team as campaign manager in August, announced earlier this week on Fox News she was moving from her New Jersey home to Washington, signaling a pending position in the incoming Trump administration. Thursday's announcement from the transition team laid out her new role.

TRUMP'S TEAM: WHO'S WHO IN PRESIDENT-ELECT'S CABINET, WHITE HOUSE

"Kellyanne Conway has been a trusted advisor and strategist who played a crucial role in my victory," Trump said in a statement released Thursday morning. "She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing."

Conway will work with senior administration officials to communicate and execute Trump's legislative priorities, the statement said.

Conway told "Fox & Friends" on Thursday that she will be in the West Wing to "continue my service" to Trump. She said she had weighed a number of factors including her family in considering a job, but described the West Wing-in-waiting as family friendly, saying, "So I'm fine on that score."

Calling the appointment "very humbling," she said: "It's difficult to pass that up. I know I've got his ear and his trust."

In a written statement, Conway also said: 

"A Trump presidency will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation. I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results."

Conway, 49, has a law degree from George Washington University Law School and is founder and owner of The Polling Company, a polling and research firm.

Thursday's announcement followed word Conway would relocate to the nation's capital.

“My family is going to move to Washington, D.C., and I will either stay outside and run the political super-structure, or I will go into the West Wing and take a position right next to the president,” Conway had told Fox News’ “Happening Now.”

Unlike positions on Trump's Cabinet, Conway's role is not subject to Senate confirmation.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/22/trump-taps-conway-as-senior-counselor.html?refresh=true


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 22, 2016, 11:56:39 AM
This about the only selection I disagree with.  Should have been Laura Ingraham, unless she declined.

Trump picks Sean Spicer for press secretary
Published December 22, 2016
FoxNews.com

Republican Party communications chief Sean Spicer will be the voice of the Trump administration.

President-elect Donald Trump announced Thursday that Spicer will get the coveted job of White House press secretary, as he announced the senior members of his communications team.

This also includes: Hope Hicks as director of strategic communications; Jason Miller as director of communications; and Dan Scavino as director of social media.

“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition. I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again,” Trump said in a statement.

Spicer was thought to have the inside track for the job, in part because of his ties to incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, who currently runs the Republican National Committee.

Spicer worked alongside Priebus throughout the 2016 campaign as chief strategist and communications director at the RNC.

After the news was announced, Spicer thanked the incoming president for the “amazing honor.”

  Sean Spicer
✔  ‎@seanspicer 
Thank you @realDonaldTrump for this amazing honor. Excited to join Hope Hicks @DanScavino @JasonMillerinDC http://us14.campaign-archive1.com/?u=3a2a46a0ef67412eaa5d55987&id=8dbae3b9b4&e=ce56021058 … #MAGA
8:50 AM - 22 Dec 2016
 
Spicer has been a regular media presence throughout the rowdy presidential primary campaign and general election.

A commissioned officer in the Navy Reserves, Spicer previously served as Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Media and Public Affairs under the George W. Bush administration, and worked for the House Republican Conference before that.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/12/22/trump-picks-sean-spicer-for-press-secretary.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 26, 2016, 09:58:41 AM
Trump Aide Jason Miller Says He Won't Take White House Job
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Jason Miller, communications director for the Trump transition team. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
By Solange Reyner   |   Saturday, 24 Dec 2016

Jason Miller on Saturday backed out as White House communications director, telling Politico he was doing so for family reasons.

"After spending this past week with my family, the most amount of time I have been able to spend with them since March 2015, it is clear they need to be my top priority right now and this is not the right time to start a new job as demanding as White House communications director," Miller told Politico.

"My wife and I are also excited about the arrival of our second daughter in January, and I need to put them in front of my career. I look forward to continuing to support the President-elect from outside after my work on the Transition concludes."

Miller had been given the job two days ago.

He will be replaced by former RNC communications director Sean Spicer, who was tapped as Donald Trump's White House press secretary earlier this week.

Miller was the senior communications adviser during Trump's campaign and previously worked for Sen. Ted Cruz.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-jason-miller-white-house-donald-trump/2016/12/24/id/765496/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 26, 2016, 12:31:52 PM
Trumps pick for ambassador to Israel sparks hot debate
Associated Press
December 26, 2016
Updated December 26, 2016
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In this photo provided by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP, David Friedman, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for ambassador to Israel.

NEW YORK >> If President-elect Donald Trump wanted to show he planned to obliterate President Barack Obama’s approach to Israel, he might have found his man to deliver that message in David Friedman, his pick for U.S. ambassador.

The bankruptcy lawyer and son of an Orthodox rabbi is everything Obama is not: a fervent supporter of Israeli settlements, opponent of Palestinian statehood and unrelenting defender of Israel’s government. So far to the right is Friedman that many Israel supporters worry he could push Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be more extreme, scuttling prospects for peace with Palestinians in the process.

The heated debate over Friedman’s selection is playing out just as fresh tensions erupt between the U.S. and Israel.

In a stunning decision Friday, the Obama administration moved to allow the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements as illegal. The move to abstain, rather than veto, defied years of U.S. tradition of shielding Israel from such resolutions, and elicited condemnation from Israel, lawmakers of both parties, and especially Trump.

“Things will be different after Jan. 20th,” when he’s sworn in, Trump vowed on Twitter.

Presidents of both parties have long called for a two-state solution that envisions eventual Palestinian statehood, and Netanyahu says he agrees. Friedman, who still must be confirmed by the Senate, does not. He’s called the two-state solution a mere “narrative” that must end.

Under Obama, the U.S. has worked closely with J Street, an Israel advocacy group sharply critical of Netanyahu. Friedman accuses Obama of “blatant anti-Semitism” and calls J Street “worse than kapos,” a reference to Jews who helped the Nazis imprison fellow Jews during the Holocaust.

For decades, the U.S. has opposed Israeli settlement-building in lands it seized in the 1967 Mideast war. Friedman runs a nonprofit that raises millions of dollars for Beit El, a settlement of religious nationalists near Ramallah. Beit El runs a right-wing news outlet and a yeshiva whose dean has provocatively urged Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to uproot settlers from their homes.

So it’s unsurprising that Friedman’s nomination has already sharpened a growing balkanization of American Jews, between those who want the U.S. to push Israel toward peace and those who believe Obama’s approach abandoned America’s closest Mideast ally.

It’s a debate playing out even at Temple Hillel, near the Long Island-Queens border, where Friedman’s father was rabbi for almost half a century.

“Clearly, David’s opinions do not appeal to everybody in the synagogue, and they appeal to others in the synagogue,” said Ken Fink, the synagogue’s president and longtime congregant. “But there’s a huge amount of pride for the hometown boy.”

Thirty-two years before Trump’s election, President Ronald Reagan donned a yarmulke and noshed on chicken cutlets and noodle pudding at Rabbi Morris Friedman’s home, after a speech at Temple Hillel affirming the separation between church and state. Coming just two weeks before Reagan’s re-election, the attempt to woo Jewish voters struck some as opportunistic, and they protested on the streets of the heavily Jewish town of North Woodmere.

Seated at the Sabbath table with Reagan was David Melech Friedman — his middle name means “king” in Hebrew. The rabbi’s son went on to become Trump’s bankruptcy lawyer, an advocate for far-right policies on Israel, and now, Trump’s choice for ambassador, despite having no diplomatic experience.

Cindy Grosz, who said she’s known Friedman for nearly 50 years, recalled big parties with boisterous debates about Jewish issues held in his family’s sukkah, the outdoor hut Jews build during the harvest festival Sukkot.

“He still has the same best friends he’s had for over 30 years,” Grosz said.

At his midtown Manhattan law firm, Friedman opens his offices to those in mourning who need a minyan — a quorum of 10 men in Orthodox Judaism — to say the Mourner’s Kaddish, a prayer that observant Jews say daily for one year after a parent’s death.

And it was a parent’s death, in a way, that brought Friedman and Trump closer together. Over the years, Friedman has told friends the story of how the billionaire real estate mogul defied an oppressive snowstorm that had kept others away to “sit shiva” for Friedman’s father during the Jewish mourning period.

Educated at Columbia University and NYU School of Law, Friedman developed a reputation as an aggressive, high-stakes bankruptcy attorney, representing Trump when his Atlantic City casinos went through bankruptcy.

In the courtroom, he’s known as a formidable opponent, said attorney Tariq Mundiya, Friedman’s adversary in several cases. He said he’d been aware of Friedman’s advocacy on Israel but added, “When you’re in the fog of war with David, the last thing you’re talking about is the Middle East.”

Enraged by Trump’s pick, left-leaning groups and Palestinian officials have suggested his confirmation could spell the end of any serious discussions about peace.

Netanyahu has stayed publicly quiet about Trump’s pick. Friedman and Trump’s transition team didn’t respond to requests for comment.

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/12/26/breaking-news/trumps-pick-for-ambassador-to-israel-sparks-hot-debate/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 27, 2016, 09:07:24 AM
Trump Taps Bossert for Counterterrorism Post
Tuesday, 27 Dec 2016

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that Thomas Bossert, former deputy homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush, would be his White House adviser on security and counterterrorism issues, according to a statement.

As assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, Bossert would be Trump's top counterterrorism chief. He currently runs a risk management consulting firm and has a cyber risk fellowship with the Atlantic Council think tank.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-bossert-security-adviser/2016/12/27/id/765697/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 27, 2016, 04:38:41 PM
Wash Examiner: Trump's New Trade Czar Opposed Real Estate Development
By Brian Freeman   |   Tuesday, 27 Dec 2016

President-elect Donald Trump's selection of California economist and author Peter Navarro as his trade czar, has a touch of irony — Navarro's early political career was marked by left-wing opposition to real estate development, the Washington Examiner reports.

Navarro, who will head a newly created White House National Trade Council to focus on strengthening the nation's trade policies and manufacturing sector, ran losing campaigns for both mayor of San Diego and Congress in the 1990s with the backing of the Democratic Party.

GOP operatives, who helped defeat him in those races, said Navarro was a liberal environmentalist who made opposition to residential and commercial development the main focus of his political activism.

As Trump was becoming famous in the 1980s as a major Manhattan developer, Navarro was the chairman of a group whose goal was the polar opposite to prevent San Diego from turning into another version of dense, fast-growing Los Angeles.

Trump said he chose Navarro, because he "read one of Peter's books on America's trade problems years ago and was impressed by the clarity of his arguments and thoroughness of his research.

"He has presciently documented the harms inflicted by globalism on American workers, and laid out a path forward to restore our middle class."

Navarro was a key adviser to Trump during the presidential campaign, particularly concerning his plan to impose tariffs on foreign imports from countries that he says have an unfair advantage over domestic manufacturers.

Navarro's longtime criticism of U.S. trade policy is especially harsh concerning China, and China Daily described his appointment as a concern, explaining that his hawkish views on Beijing will only harm the economies of both countries.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Peter-Navarro-Trump-Trade-Czar-Opposed/2016/12/27/id/765737/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on December 27, 2016, 08:07:01 PM
Does anyone of you all recall a time when a President Elect's cabinet choices were so heavily reported and scrutinized? It appears Trump keeps changing his mind with regards to who is in and who is out (You're Fired!." He's a showman if nothing else. Maybe all this is just about the entertainment value, designed to keep us all engaged. Should this be the case, my hat is off to Trump and his advisors for engaging more of the populous who are otherwise traditionally numbed to it all.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 04, 2017, 12:34:21 PM
Trump to Nominate Wall Street Lawyer Clayton to Lead SEC
Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017

President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday he intends to nominate Walter "Jay" Clayton, an attorney who advises clients on major Wall Street deals, to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

"Jay Clayton is a highly talented expert on many aspects of financial and regulatory law, and he will ensure our financial institutions can thrive and create jobs while playing by the rules at the same time," Trump in a statement.

"We need to undo many regulations which have stifled investment in American businesses, and restore oversight of the financial industry in a way that does not harm American workers."

Clayton is a partner in the New York office of law firm Sullivan & Cromwell who specializes in advising clients on public and private mergers and acquisitions and capital-raising efforts. He also helps companies navigate regulatory and enforcement actions, including a number of cases that involved mortgage securities.

Clayton has worked for high-profile clients, including the initial public offerings of Alibaba Group Holding Company and Oaktree Capital Group.

During the height of the 2008 financial crisis, Clayton also worked on major deals involving big banks, including Barclays Capital's acquisition of Lehman Brothers' assets, the sale of Bear Stearns to JP Morgan Chase, and the U.S. Treasury Department's capital investment in Goldman Sachs, according to his law firm's website.
 
By selecting an attorney who is deeply steeped in capital-raising deals, Trump is likely signaling that the SEC will be looking to scale back regulations that some critics see as burdensome and may be hindering corporate growth.

Many Republicans in recent years have criticized the SEC for focusing too much on enforcement, and not enough on its other missions, which include writing rules that help promote capital formation.

“In light of Jay’s vast experience in capital formation, his appointment as SEC Chair is a strong positive signal the economy is a top priority of President-elect Trump and his team, and that the SEC will work together with Main Street to meet the country’s economic goals of full employment and healthy growth," said Jonathan Macey, a professor at the Yale Law School.

http://www.newsmax.com/Finance/StreetTalk/jay-clayton-donald-trump-sec-chairman/2017/01/04/id/766761/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 06, 2017, 09:46:17 AM
Trump tells Obama's ambassadors to leave by Inauguration Day
By Jennifer G. Hickey  Published January 06, 2017 
FoxNews.com

President-elect Donald Trump is not allowing for any diplomatic dawdling. His transition team has issued a directive that all ambassadors appointed by President Obama must leave their posts by Inauguration Day, a source confirmed Friday.

While it is standard for politically appointed ambassadors to step aside at the end of a presidential term, past administrations have offered a grace period in certain cases. An individual with knowledge of the foreign service told FoxNews.com that Trump’s “unwillingness to consider individual cases or exigencies” appears to represent a break with protocol.

“[The directive] in itself is not that significant. But it is more unyielding than in the past,” he said.

The New York Times first reported that a State Department cable was sent to all ambassadors on Dec. 23 informing them they have to vacate their posts by Jan. 20 “without exceptions.”

Ronald E. Neumann, the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, told the Times that he could not “recollect there was ever a guillotine in January where it was just, ‘Everybody out of the pool immediately.’”

However, Obama’s transition team sent out similar guidance -- eight years ago -- telling ambassadors appointed by President George W. Bush they had to leave their posts by Inauguration Day.

The Washington Post reported in December 2008 that ambassadors would not be permitted to stay on and that “the sweeping nature of the directive suggests that Obama has little interest in retaining any of Bush's ambassadorial appointees.”

Trump’s transition team has already named Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as ambassador to China and bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman to fill that role in Israel.

Political appointees for ambassadorships under any administration are often well-connected donors or other officials who do not come from the career foreign service side. But despite the prospect of imminent vacancies at posts around the world, U.S. embassies are likely to retain leadership as deputies fill in for the short term.

“The number twos are career foreign service officers and more than capable of stepping into the roles,” said the source who spoke with FoxNews.com.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/06/trump-tells-obamas-ambassadors-to-leave-by-inauguration-day.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 10, 2017, 09:35:53 AM
Rejected for Bush Pentagon Job, Ex-Sen. Coats Named National Intelligence Director by Trump
By John Gizzi   |   Saturday, 07 Jan 2017

Although it was barely reported, the widely-praised appointment Thursday of former Sen. Dan Coats (R.-Ind.) to be Director of National Intelligence had a sense of poetic justice.

Sixteen years before President-elect Donald Trump turned to the former senator and diplomat for the top intelligence post, Coats had been publicly considered and then rejected as secretary of defense under the last Republican president-elect.

In December, 2000, Coats, who had retired from the Senate two years before, was “at the top of [President-elect George W.] Bush’s list” to be secretary of defense, wrote Bob Woodward in his book "State of Denial."

A past Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Coats had the backing of conservatives within the Republican Party. Several news outlets reported his appointment to oversee the Pentagon was in the works.

“But Coats had not been impressive in his interview with Bush and Vice President-elect Dick Cheney,” reported Woodward, “Coats knew the new generals mostly from a distance and was lukewarm on the national missile defense system Bush had promised in the campaign.”

Bush’s new reluctance to name Coats secretary of defense gave Cheney the opening to suggest a candidate of his own: Donald Rumsfeld, Cheney’s old boss and mentor, who had been secretary of defense under President Gerald Ford from 1975-77.

In selecting the man who would be secretary of defense for the next six years and the face of his Administration in the war on terror, Bush defied his own father. Rumsfeld and former President George H.W. Bush, past rivals in Congress and the Ford Administration, “couldn’t stand each other,” according to Woodward.

During a lunch with this reporter in 2010 (when he ran successfully for his former Senate seat), Coats said “I thought I had it [the secretary of defense position].”

Coats, 76, now becomes principal advisor to Trump on all intelligence matters related to national security and will oversee the sixteen-agency intelligence community.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/sencoates-coates-donald-trump-trump/2017/01/07/id/767352/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 10, 2017, 09:46:16 AM
Jared Kushner to be named senior adviser to the president
By Sara Murray, Jeremy Diamond and Laura Jarrett, CNN
Updated Tue January 10, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will be senior adviser to the president, a senior transition official told CNN Monday.

The 35-year-old businessman-turned-political strategist played a key part in his father-in-law's presidential campaign and his new position is expected to test the limit of federal anti-nepotism rules. The move comes ahead of a Wednesday news conference in which Trump is expected to detail how he plans to manage his company's potential conflicts-of-interest after he enters the White House.

Kushner plans to resign from the management positions he holds at his companies, including as CEO of Kushner Companies, publisher of The Observer and positions with other organizations, and will divest from a "significant number" of his assets to comply with government ethics rules, Kushner's attorney Jamie Gorelick told CNN on Monday.

Kushner also will not take a salary as he steps into the West Wing job, an official who briefed on behalf of the transition told reporters later on Monday.
Top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee issued a statement within hours of Kushner's appointment calling on the Justice Department and the Office of Government Ethics to review the appointment's legality in light of the anti-nepotism statute.

"There is a strong case to be made that the White House is an "agency" for purposes of the anti-nepotism statute and that it would apply to bar Mr. Kushner's appointment as a White House staff member," wrote Rep. John Conyers, the House Judiciary Committee's ranking member, and other top Democrats on the committee, in a statement released Monday evening.

Gorelick argued that the anti-nepotism statue which applies to presidential administrations excludes the White House office where Kushner would be based, though the statute is open to different interpretations. Kushner is related to the President-elect by marriage, but a 1967 law specifies "son-in-law" as a type of relative covered by the regulations.

"We have the better argument," Gorelick told CNN. "We are very confident in this position."

Gorelick added that she and transition officials have been in "pretty constant" communication with the Office of Government Ethics, which offered advice into how Kushner might best be able to divest his assets and comply with ethical requirements.

Kushner plans to recuse himself from "particular matters that would have a direct and predictable effect on his remaining financial interests," Gorelick said.
"He will also abide by federal rules requiring impartiality in particular matters involving specific parties. These steps are consistent with federal law and executive branch practice and evidence Mr. Kushner's commitment to public service," Gorelick added in a statement provided by the Trump transition.

Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center and a CNN consultant, said while Kushner may be perfectly qualified "the problem is that when you hire relatives it raises questions about why."

"A classic abuse of hiring authority is hiring your own relatives," he said, adding that a court could find that the anti-nepotism law applies in this case, but the "practical reality" is that these issues don't come up very often.

Noble said if he was advising the President-elect and his son-in-law his advice would be: "Follow the anti-nepotism laws, they are meant to apply to the President. The point of the statute was to stop the President from hiring relatives, including son-in-laws."

Ivanka Trump, meanwhile, is likely to simply retain the title of "first daughter" without taking on an official staff title, a transition official told CNN on Monday. The source said it hasn't been decided yet whether she will have a West Wing office and her specific portfolio likely won't be announced for a while.

Even as the Trump transition is expected to announce how Kushner's appointment won't violate anti-nepotism laws, Kushner, who owns his own real estate development firm, has continued to chase deals that raise questions about conflicts of interest.

Kushner met with a powerful Chinese business magnate in the week after his father-in-law's election as he sought to finalize a deal for the purchase of one of his most prized properties on Fifth Avenue, the New York Times reported, raising ethical questions.

Neither Kushner nor Trump have publicly commented on the concerns of nepotism.

Kushner, who is an observant Jew, first took a role in his father-in-laws' presidential campaign advising him on US policy toward Israel and helped write the speech Trump delivered to AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby.

But his role quickly ballooned from there as he became a hugely influential figure in his father-in-law's campaign, wielding power over much of the campaign's strategy and data operation.

Since then, Kushner has become a key adviser and power broker to the President-elect during the transation, serving as a point of contact for powerful business interests, foreign governments and other powerful figures.

Kushner and Ivanka Trump recently picked a Washington home to move into, making a role for Kushner in the White House almost inevitable.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/09/politics/jared-kushner-to-be-named-senior-adviser-to-the-president/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 12, 2017, 01:44:33 PM
David Shulkin tapped as Trump’s VA secretary
By Lisa Rein January 11, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he has tapped David Shulkin, a physician who is currently serving in the Obama administration as VA undersecretary, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The decision ends a protracted search for a head of the second-largest federal agency and would make Shulkin the first VA secretary who had not served in the military. Trump said he and his transition team had interviewed “at least 100 people” in their search for an executive to carry out multiple promises he has made to improve the care of veterans. In the end, they looked inside.

Shulkin, 57, who would be the first Obama administration holdover for Trump, was confirmed unanimously for his post as undersecretary in charge of the Veterans Health Administration in June 2015, a sign he could breeze through the Senate confirmation process.

[Here are the people Donald Trump has chosen for his Cabinet]

“I have no doubt Dr. Shulkin will be able to lead the turnaround our Department of Veterans Affairs needs,” Trump said at his first news conference since his election, calling him an “incredibly gifted doctor.”

“His sole mandate will be to serve our veterans and restore the level of care we owe to our brave men and women in the military,” Trump said. “Sadly our great veterans have not gotten the level of care they deserve, but Dr. Shulkin has the experience and the vision to ensure we will meet the health-care needs of every veteran.”

Shulkin is an internist who came to government with 30 years’ experience leading private hospitals. He has led the sprawling veterans health system — the country’s largest, with 1,700 clinics and hospitals — for 18 months, working to improve patients’ access to care after a nationwide scandal over fudged wait lists for medical appointments.

During his campaign, Trump called VA a “broken” system that treats illegal immigrants “better than our vets.”

Shulkin is in line to run an agency beset by challenges, including a backlog in disability claims that has shifted in recent years from initial applications to appeals; a rising suicide rate; overuse of opiates; and a shortage of doctors and nurses.

“We are both eager to begin reforming the areas in our Veterans Affairs system that need critical attention, and do it in a swift, thoughtful and responsible way,” Shulkin said in a statement released by the transition team.

In keeping Shulkin, Trump passed over the current secretary, Robert McDonald, a Republican appointed by Obama in 2014 after the wait-times scandal forced out his first VA chief, retired Army Gen. Eric Shinseki. Washington’s large and influential veterans service organizations had pushed Trump unsuccessfully to keep McDonald in the job.

Trump also passed over a favorite of some of his top aides, Fox News Channel contributor and Iraq War veteran Pete Hegseth. Hegseth is a former president and chief executive of Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers. Hegseth had pledged to make it easier to fire poor performers and significantly expand VA medical care to private doctors outside the system. But he had not run a large organization comparable to the veterans system.

Expanding private care is one of Trump’s biggest priorities for veterans, and it is unclear how Shulkin would approach such a change. After some members of the congressionally created commission on VA health care called last year for drastically reducing the federal role in veterans’ medical care, Shulkin told the Daily Press in Virginia the idea was “terrible.”

“This would be a terrible mistake, a terrible direction for veterans and for the country, to essentially systematically implement recommendations that would lead to the end of the VA health-care system,” he said.

A specialist in health-care quality, Shulkin held leadership positions at the Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University Hospital and the Medical College of Pennsylvania before coming to government. He founded a now-defunct company, DoctorQuality, that provided information for patients on health-care safety and quality.

He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed his internship at Yale School of Medicine and his residency and fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center.

His selection drew praise from some of the largest veterans groups as a welcome sign of continuity.

“The VFW is proud to support the nomination of Dr. David Shulkin as the next Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and we are most appreciative of his willingness to continue serving veterans and making the VA better,” Brian Duffy, national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, said in a statement.

Mark Lucas, executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, said in a statement: “It is no secret that the VA has been failing veterans for years. While Shulkin already holds a leadership position at the VA, as Secretary, he will now have ultimate responsibility over the agency and we are hopeful he will take it in a new direction.”

Louis Celli, legislative director for the American Legion, said in an interview that Shulkin has had an open door not just to veterans groups but to his staff at the Veterans Health Administration.

Shulkin’s selection “says to me that Trump has faith in the direction VA is going with health care,” Celli said. “I think this is a huge reality check for a group of people who want to privatize VA.”

Of all the day-to-day operations of government that Trump criticized, VA, with its vast management challenges, came under special scrutiny. Finding the right person for the job was one of the president-elect’s biggest challenges.

In recent weeks, Trump had met with retired military leaders, politicians and health-care executives, some of whom would help diversify a Cabinet he is under pressure from some on his team to make more inclusive. Trump extended preliminary offers to several qualified contenders, but they turned him down, citing other commitments.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/11/david-shulkin-tapped-as-trumps-va-secretary/?utm_term=.75e2840dcffd


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 18, 2017, 12:29:06 PM
Who is the dummy who voted no?? 

Senate panel approves Mattis for defense post

By: The Associated Press,  January 18, 2017
The Senate Armed Services Committee has overwhelmingly approved President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary.

The Republican-led panel voted 26-1 Wednesday to recommend that the full Senate consider the choice of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon.

Mattis retired from military service in 2013 after a 41-year career in uniform.

Congress last week approved legislation that grants a one-time exception for Mattis from the law that bars former service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military.

The committee's vote means that when Mattis is formally nominated by Trump the appointment will be sent directly to the Senate for a confirmation vote.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/caroline-kennedy-boosted-us-japan-ties-as-us-ambassador


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on January 18, 2017, 07:31:16 PM
Who is the dummy who voted no??  

Senate panel approves Mattis for defense post

By: The Associated Press,  January 18, 2017
The Senate Armed Services Committee has overwhelmingly approved President-elect Donald Trump's pick for defense secretary.

The Republican-led panel voted 26-1 Wednesday to recommend that the full Senate consider the choice of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon.

Mattis retired from military service in 2013 after a 41-year career in uniform.

Congress last week approved legislation that grants a one-time exception for Mattis from the law that bars former service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military.

The committee's vote means that when Mattis is formally nominated by Trump the appointment will be sent directly to the Senate for a confirmation vote.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/caroline-kennedy-boosted-us-japan-ties-as-us-ambassador

From what I just heard, many of Trump's cabinet appointments have yet to be adequately vetted. Besides that the incoming administration has failed to appoint positions previous administrations had in place shortly following the presidential election. This oversight leaves important security positions vacant, thus making the U.S. all the more vulnerable to our enemies during the transition.

This is happening right now. Yahya Jammeh,Gambia's President, in power 22 Years, loses election and has refused to relinquish his position. Senegal's forces are at the Gambian border and will enter at midnight if veteran Gambian President Yahya Jammeh refuses to leave power. The U.S. cannot address this as we currently do not have the personnel. This is because of our transition to a new administration and because as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, there will be no appointees or personnel in place. It may only be a coup or a small war, but the fact remains that everything of this nature that happens throughout the world affects us. Senegal's military far outnumbers the military forces of Gambia.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 19, 2017, 05:05:16 PM
From what I just heard, many of Trump's cabinet appointments have yet to be adequately vetted. Besides that the incoming administration has failed to appoint positions previous administrations had in place shortly following the presidential election. This oversight leaves important security positions vacant, thus making the U.S. all the more vulnerable to our enemies during the transition.

This is happening right now. Yahya Jammeh,Gambia's President, in power 22 Years, loses election and has refused to relinquish his position. Senegal's forces are at the Gambian border and will enter at midnight if veteran Gambian President Yahya Jammeh refuses to leave power. The U.S. cannot address this as we currently do not have the personnel. This is because of our transition to a new administration and because as of 12:30 p.m. on Friday, there will be no appointees or personnel in place. It may only be a coup or a small war, but the fact remains that everything of this nature that happens throughout the world affects us. Senegal's military far outnumbers the military forces of Gambia.

I actually think the vetting is more extensive than what Obama's appointees received.  The hearings are definitely longer. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 19, 2017, 05:06:13 PM
Trump Names Additional White House Staff
By Todd Beamon   |    Thursday, 19 Jan 2017

President-elect Donald Trump Thursday announced more appointments to his White House staff.

"These exceptional individuals will play key roles in supporting President-elect Trump's America-first agenda," said incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. "I look forward to working with each and every one of them as we make the President-elect's vision for our country a reality."

Here are the appointments:

•Rob Porter, assistant to the president and staff secretary.
•Sean Cairncross, deputy assistant to the president and senior adviser to the chief of staff.
•Justin Clark, deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs.
•Gerrit Lansing, deputy assistant to the president and chief digital officer.
•Bill McGinley, deputy assistant to the president and Cabinet secretary.
•Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy assistant to the president and principal deputy press secretary.
•Michael Ambrosini, special assistant to the president and director of the Office of the Chief of Staff.
•Alexander Angelson, special assistant to the president for legislative affairs.
•Avrahm (Avi) Berkowitz, special assistant to the president and assistant to senior adviser Jared Kushner.
•Steven Cheung, special assistant to the president and assistant communications director.
•Boris Epshteyn, special assistant to the president and assistant communications director for surrogate operations.
•Helen Aguirre Ferre, special assistant to the president and director of media affairs.
•Stephanie Grisham, special assistant to the president and deputy press secretary.
•Mallory Hunter, special assistant to the president and executive assistant to the chief of staff.
•Cliff Sims, special assistant to the president and assistant communications director for White House message strategy.
•Lindsay Walters, special assistant to the president and deputy press secretary and adviser to the press secretary.
•Madeleine Westerhout, special assistant to the president and executive assistant to the president.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/trump-additional-white-house-staff/2017/01/19/id/769507/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 19, 2017, 05:08:28 PM
Sonny Perdue Is Trump’s Choice for Agriculture Secretary
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and MAGGIE HABERMAN
JAN. 18, 2017

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump on Wednesday selected Sonny Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, to be his secretary of agriculture, two senior transition officials said, making his final cabinet selection two days before he is to be sworn in as president.

Mr. Perdue, a onetime veterinarian who was elected in 2003 as Georgia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction, campaigned heavily for Mr. Trump in the final months of the presidential race, although he had initially backed a rival, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.

His selection ensures that Mr. Trump will enter office with a full complement of chosen cabinet officials, although none have been confirmed. Senators are wrangling over how many nominees can be confirmed by the time Mr. Trump is sworn in on Friday, with Republicans insisting on a series of quick votes and Democrats objecting that they have not had adequate time to vet the candidates, many of whom submitted ethics disclosures late.

The two officials confirmed the decision on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on it before the formal announcement.

Mr. Perdue has spoken with Mr. Trump in detail about his views on agriculture and trade, including ways to ensure American producers are not placed at a disadvantage in international agreements. In an interview in December, Mr. Perdue said Mr. Trump had quizzed him on what he would do about unfair trade deals. He said the president-elect “believes that we in the U.S. have been sort of patsies over the years in the way we’ve dealt with our foreign competitors and international trade.”

Mr. Perdue, who once ran a grain and fertilizer business, was among the first candidates Mr. Trump interviewed for the post. But the process dragged on for weeks as the president-elect’s team debated whether it would be better off choosing someone from a different part of the country or selecting an ethnic minority to balance out an overwhelmingly white, male and wealthy cabinet.

Mr. Perdue, though, pitched himself as an asset with the business and governmental experience to be successful in the post. He spent much of his career in the agriculture business before being elected governor, he told Mr. Trump, and returned to the field in 2011 after leaving office.
 
“Most people focus on the governor term of eight years, but for me, that was an interruption,” Mr. Perdue said in December. Mr. Trump, he said, “wants people who are experts in the field.”

As governor, amid a record-setting drought in Georgia in 2007, Mr. Perdue led several hundred people at the State Capitol in a prayer for rain, asking God to forgive Georgia for being wasteful with its water. He also called for strict water usage restrictions.

Eric Tanenblatt, Mr. Perdue’s former chief of staff, called him highly qualified for the post in a statement on Wednesday night.
   
“As a successful governor, Perdue has the requisite experience to direct a massive bureaucracy of the sort necessary to conduct the department’s many programs,” Mr. Tanenblatt said. He praised Mr. Perdue’s ability to shape agricultural policy and business.

Mr. Perdue, he said, “knows the challenges facing today’s farmers.”

Environmental activists condemned Mr. Trump’s choice, saying that Mr. Perdue had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies that help chemical companies and large agriculture conglomerates at the expense of small farmers and the environment.

“It’s certainly hard to imagine that a former fertilizer salesman will tackle the unregulated farm pollution that poisons our drinking water, turns Lake Erie green, and fouls the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at EWG, an environmental research group.

If confirmed, Mr. Perdue would oversee an agency with a $150 billion budget. The Agriculture Department is in charge of farm policy and food safety, and it funds food stamps, other nutrition programs and the Forest Service.

A conservative Republican, Mr. Perdue has ties to at least one senator who will vote on his confirmation. Senator David Perdue, Republican of Georgia, is his cousin.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/18/us/politics/sonny-perdue-agriculture-secretary.html?_r=0


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 24, 2017, 10:45:03 AM
Pompeo confirmed as CIA chief
By Ashley Killough and Ted Barrett, CNN
Tue January 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, on Monday night.

The vote was 66-32 in favor of confirmation, with Pompeo picking up some Democratic backing. The only Republican in opposition was Sen. Rand Paul.
The vote was held open longer than normal in an effort to let Senators delayed by the storm in the Northeast reach Washington, but it was gaveled closed before Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal could arrive.

"I just want to remind our colleagues that our country continues to face incredible threats, and they are not hitting the pause button," Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said in a statement issued before he voted in support of Pompeo. "The President needs his national security Cabinet, and particularly his CIA Director at his side, a Cabinet position integral to keeping our country safe."
Pompeo's view on electronic surveillance and torture drew the ire of some Democrats.

But Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Socialist from Vermont, cited Pompeo's support for the broad collection of metadata in his vote against the CIA nominee.

"What we are talking about is the United States government having in many ways more information about us than we may even understand about our own life," Sanders said. "In many ways, it sounds to me like we are moving toward an Orwellian society."

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Oregon Democrat, has been the most vocal opponent of Pompeo's nomination and had called for more time to debate the congressman's positions.

In a deal reached among Senate leaders, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Friday night that the Senate would allow six hours for debate on Pompeo's nomination before a vote on confirmation.

Torture?

Pompeo drew criticism last week when he told Congress that he would consider bringing back waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation measures under certain circumstances.

In a series of written responses on Wednesday to questions from members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Pompeo said that while current permitted interrogation techniques are limited to those in the Army Field Manual, he was open to making changes to that policy.

"If confirmed, I will consult with experts at the Agency and at other organizations in the US government on whether the Army Field Manual uniform application is an impediment to gathering vital intelligence to protect the country," he wrote. "If experts believed current law was an impediment to gathering vital intelligence to protect the country, I would want to understand such impediments and whether any recommendations were appropriate for changing current law."

During his Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, however, he had dismissed the idea that he would approve of torture as CIA chief.

Pompeo also addressed Russia, China and the Middle East at the hearing, defending the agency's findings about alleged Moscow hacking during the election even as Trump had suggested that the Intelligence Community's determinations of Russian meddling were overblown.

Pompeo told the Senate that he embraced findings spelled out in a comprehensive report of the Intelligence Community on the Russian breaches compiled earlier this month.

"With respect to this report in particular, it's pretty clear about what took place here, about Russian involvement in efforts to hack information and to have an impact on American democracy," he said in response to questioning. "This was an aggressive action taken by senior leadership inside of Russia."

In his opening remarks, Pompeo listed Russia as well as China as "sophisticated adversaries" in the cyber realm, saying "hackers are all taking advantage of this new borderless environment" and "the CIA must continue to be at the forefront of this issue."

Along with Russia, Pompeo said other global threats include Iran's growing influence in the Middle East, ISIS's grip over major urban areas and the conflict in Syria.

"This is the most complicated threat environment the United States has seen in recent memory," he said.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/23/politics/mike-pompeo-cia-director-confirmation-vote/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: TuHolmes on January 24, 2017, 11:22:10 AM
Pompeo confirmed as CIA chief
By Ashley Killough and Ted Barrett, CNN
Tue January 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo, President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, on Monday night.

The vote was 66-32 in favor of confirmation, with Pompeo picking up some Democratic backing. The only Republican in opposition was Sen. Rand Paul.



Very interesting. I wonder what his reason was.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 24, 2017, 02:02:53 PM
Exclusive—Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin Backs Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State: Trump’s Pick ‘Honorable and Patriotic’
by Matthew Boyle
24 Jan 2017
Washington, D.C.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia becomes the first Democrat to publicly back President Donald J. Trump’s selection for Secretary of State in ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, telling Breitbart News exclusively he considers the president’s selection to represent the United States on the world stage to be “honorable and patriotic.”
Manchin told Breitbart News:

As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place to conduct our nation’s foreign affairs. I have known Rex Tillerson for years through our work with the Boy Scouts of America and know him to be honorable and patriotic. I have no hesitation in supporting Rex Tillerson’s confirmation to be Secretary of State after the Office of Government Ethics described his ethics agreement as a sterling model for what they would like to see from other nominees. Rex Tillerson’s extensive career will bring a unique perspective to the state department, and I believe he will provide wise counsel and objective advice to the President on our nation’s foreign policy. I look forward to working with him in a bipartisan manner in the best interest of all West Virginians and Americans.

Manchin’s decision to support Tillerson essentially guarantees full U.S. Senate approval of the energy executive to serve as Secretary of State whenever the vote occurs. The vote in the full U.S. Senate may not happen until next week, as Republicans and Democrats head into their party retreats later this week, and Democratic leadership in the Senate has been using a variety of procedural measures to slow down confirmation of Trump’s nominees.

Tillerson was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Monday, after Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) dropped his opposition and joined with all his fellow committee Republicans to support approval—all the committee Democrats opposed Tillerson—setting up a floor vote sometime soon.

With 51 U.S. Senate Republicans not counting Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)—Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, who has yet to be voted on in the Senate Judiciary Committee or the full U.S. Senate—it is likely that every single Trump nominee will be approved by the Senate. But Tillerson, who faced some criticism from people like Rubio and Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Jeff Flake (R-AZ), was not a done deal until after Rubio dropped his opposition.

Now that Manchin is on board after this Breitbart News exclusive, it is likely other red state Democrats up for reelection in 2018 will follow his lead and support Tillerson—giving the oil executive a little room for error inside the GOP when he didn’t have such room before Rubio dropped his opposition.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) previously told Breitbart News exclusively that several Democrats were privately on board with Tillerson’s nomination, but he didn’t name them. Now, Manchin is public and several more are likely to come forward.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/24/exclusive-democratic-sen-joe-manchin-backs-rex-tillerson-secretary-state-trumps-pick-honorable-patriotic/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on January 31, 2017, 08:07:40 AM
Senate panel backs Perry, Zinke nominations amid Sessions fight
By Barnini Chakraborty 
Published January 31, 2017 
FoxNews.com

A Senate panel on Tuesday approved President Trump’s nominees to lead the Energy and Interior departments, even as senators clashed elsewhere on Capitol Hill over the nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

In early-morning action, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee advanced the nominations of Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke for Interior secretary and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy secretary.

The votes come on a very busy day for Senate lawmakers as they vote on a half-dozen Trump’s picks in committee.

But the biggest showdown is occurring before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is expected to vote, eventually, on the nomination of Sen. Sessions to become the next United States attorney general.

Sessions, a conservative senator from Alabama, was an early backer of Trump. During his confirmation hearings he has been dogged by allegations of racism – something he strongly denies.

But his nomination was further complicated by the fallout from Trump's controversial executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

On Monday night, Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, a holdover from former President Barack Obama’s administration, when she defiantly refused to defend Trump’s controversial immigration order.

Trump said Yates had betrayed the administration by not carrying out the order and replaced her with Dana Boente, a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Boente announced he would rescind Yates’ policy – effective immediately.

Monday’s firing and escalating tension over Trump’s executive order made Tuesday’s vote on Sessions particularly contentious.

The Senate Finance Committee also will decide whether the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., for Health and Human Services secretary will move forward. They’ll also decide on the nomination of Steve Mnuchin to lead the Treasury Department and Betsy DeVos to head up Education.

All the candidates had strong Republican support going into the committee votes.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/31/senate-panel-backs-perry-zinke-nominations-amid-sessions-fight.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 01, 2017, 01:38:04 PM
Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of State, in GOP push to fill Trump Cabinet
Published February 01, 2017
FoxNews.com

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Rex Tillerson as secretary of State, as part of a fast-paced day for majority Republicans who also pushed past Democratic resistance to advance three other President Trump Cabinet picks to a final vote.

The vote to confirm the former ExxonMobil executive as the country's top diplomat was 56-43.

Earlier in the day, Senate Republicans, frustrated by Democrats’ attempts to delay other Cabinet confirmations, moved swiftly to advance three nominees to a final vote.

On the most contentious nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines, 11-to-9, to approve Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for U.S. attorney general.

The move came after Democrats dragged out proceedings a day earlier. The committee advanced Sessions to the floor on an 11-9 vote.

“No doubt we have the votes” to confirm Sessions, said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a committee member. “It’s going to get done.”

Senate Democrats have attempted to hold up several of Trump’s Cabinet picks over concerns about their records, as well as Trump's new policies and recent executive orders on immigration.

Also on Wednesday, the Republican-led Senate Finance Committee sidestepped Senate Democrats' efforts to slow Trump’s picks for secretaries of Treasury and Health and Human Services by boycotting the votes.

Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, suspended committee rules on the number of members required to vote, to allow Republican members to vote in favor of Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary and Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to serve as Health and Human Services secretary.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, the committee’s top Democrat, argued that Hatch broke the rules.

“What you had was a rump group that met in violation of Democratic values to confirm two ethically-challenged nominees,” he told Fox News. “There’s no question about that.”

Mnuchin, Price and Sessions will almost certainly get the required simple majority needed for confirmation because Republicans have 52 senators and Democrats have 48.

Still, Democrats temporarily thwarted a Senate confirmation vote on Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, by again boycotting a key committee meeting.

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee rules require at least two members of the minority party be present for a vote to be held.

Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., called the move “political theatre” and vowed to "do what is necessary" to advance Pruitt's nomination, raising the possibility the GOP majority may seek a rules change like the one Hatch got to push a vote before the full Senate.

Republicans created their own challenges Wednesday toward confirming Besty DeVos as Education secretary.

GOP Sens. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, and Susan Collins, Maine, said they won't vote for DeVos in the final Senate vote.

That would create a 50-to-50 tied. But Republicans remain optimistic, considering GOP Vice President Mike Pence would cast the deciding vote in favor of DeVos.

On Tuesday, Democrats had refused to attend the meeting to consider Mnuchin and Price, demanding more information about the nominees.

Hatch called the Democrats’ decision to boycott the vote “the most pathetic thing.”

“We took some unprecedented actions today due to the unprecedented obstruction on the part of our colleagues,” he also said Wednesday.

The rule requires at least one Democrat be present for a vote. With the rules lifted, the committee advanced the nominations to the floor.

“They should be ashamed,” he said. “The only thing missing was a member from the minority side,” Hatch continued.  But, as I noted, they, on their own accord, refused to participate in this exercise.

Hatch said he made the move after getting an OK from the Senate Parliamentarian Office and that every Republican member of the committee was present and voting, exceeding the one-third requirement for a so-called “quorum.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/01/senate-confirms-tillerson-as-secretary-state-in-gop-push-to-fill-trump-cabinet.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 02, 2017, 12:33:05 PM
GOP senators advance Trump EPA, budget office nominees
Published February 02, 2017
FoxNews.com
 
President Trump inched closer Thursday to getting key administration posts filled, as Senate Republicans advanced his nominees to lead the White House budget office and the Environmental Protection Agency to a full Senate vote.

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee swiftly took up the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA after Democrats boycotted a scheduled vote on Wednesday.

As colleagues on another committee did a day earlier to overcome Democratic delays, Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo., used a procedural maneuver to suspend committee rules requiring at least two Democrats to be present for a nomination vote.

With 10 Democrats absent and the rules suspended, the committee easily voted to send the Oklahoma state attorney general forward for consideration by the full Senate.

The move comes as Republicans scramble to advance a series of nominations that have been stalled amid Democratic resistance. In doing so, they've further inflamed tensions with the minority party.

“I am disappointed that our majority has decided to ignore our concerns and those of the American people, and break the Committee's rules in an effort to expedite Mr. Pruitt's nomination,” Sen. Tom Carper said in a statement, referring to efforts by him and others to extract more information from Pruitt.

Carper’s fellow Democrat, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, suggested the nominee was engaged in “an effort to hide information from the Senate before his confirmation.”

Barrasso countered that the delay was “unprecedented,” particularly because Pruitt had answered a total of more than 1,200 questions, which is more than the EPA nominees from the Obama, Bush, and Clinton administrations.

He told reporters after the nomination hearing he was confident the Senate parliamentarian would sustain the rules change.

Also heading to the full Senate is the nomination of Rep. Mick Mulvaney to head the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after clearing two separate committee votes.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Budget Committee voted 8-7 and 12-11, respectively, to approve his nomination.

The homeland security committee was ready to vote on Wednesday, but Ranking Member Claire McCaskill of Missouri called for a delay until she could fully review Mulvaney’s FBI file.

The votes fell along party lines.

Mulvaney’s nomination hit a snag early in the process after the New York Times reported he failed to pay more than $15,000 in payroll taxes on a nanny.

“I have come to learn during the confirmation review process that I failed to pay FICA and federal and state unemployment taxes on a household employee for the years 2000-2004,” conceded Mulvaney.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., voted for the nomination in the committee, but has expressed concerns about Mulvaney’s commitment to strengthen the military considering the nominee’s support for budget cuts. McCain has not committed to backing him on the Senate floor.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/02/gop-senators-advance-trump-epa-budget-office-nominees.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 07, 2017, 09:50:57 AM
DeVos confirmed as Education secretary, Pence casts historic tie-breaking vote
Published February 07, 2017 
FoxNews.com

School choice advocate Betsy DeVos was narrowly confirmed Tuesday as the next Education secretary despite deep opposition from teachers unions and other groups, after Vice President Pence intervened to cast a historic tie-breaking vote.

Pence’s vote marked the first time in American history a vice president has broken a tie on a Cabinet nominee’s Senate confirmation – and the first tie-breaking vote by a VP since 2008. Pence was compelled to cast the vote, in his role as president of the Senate, after two Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – came out against DeVos.

With those two Republicans and all Senate Democrats opposing the nominee, she was confirmed on a 51-50 vote.

“She’s led the most effective school reform movement of the last 30 years,” Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said moments earlier on the floor, shoring up DeVos' Republican support.

The confirmation of the wealthy GOP donor will mark a sharp change in philosophy at the helm of federal education policy, given DeVos’ history boosting alternatives to public education.

Democrats mounted an all-night speaking marathon railing against her nomination in the run-up to the vote, though their opposition combined with lobbying efforts by teachers unions were not enough to block her.

"Mrs. DeVos demonstrated a complete lack of experience in, knowledge of and support for public education. She was unable to address basic issues that any New Hampshire school board member could discuss fluently," said Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., whose son has cerebral palsy but studied in public schools under a federal law that guarantees access for disabled students. Several Democrats questioned DeVos' commitment to and understanding of that law.

But Republicans accused Democrats of slow-walking DeVos and other qualified nominees to placate liberal base voters who still haven't come to terms with President Trump's election.

"[Democrats are] trying to humiliate and embarrass some of these nominees," White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told Fox News earlier Tuesday, saying DeVos is committed to education.

"It seems this gridlock and opposition has far less to do with the nominees actually before us than the man who nominated them," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "Enough is enough."

In addition to DeVos, Republicans hope to confirm a series of other controversial nominees this week: Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, GOP Rep. Tom Price of Georgia as health secretary and financier Steven Mnuchin as treasury secretary.

In each case Democrats intend to use the maximum time allowed under the Senate's arcane rules to debate the nominations, which may result in a late-night votes this week and delay Mnuchin's approval until Saturday.

Republicans complain that previous presidents have been able to put their Cabinets in place more quickly. Democrats say it's Trump's fault because many of his nominees have complicated financial arrangements and ethical entanglements they claim they have not had enough time to dissect.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/07/devos-confirmed-as-education-secretary-pence-casts-historic-tie-breaking-vote.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 09, 2017, 01:08:13 PM
Jeff Sessions sworn in as attorney general, Trump signs executive actions
CBS News/ February 9, 2017

The day after the Senate confirmed him as attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence in an Oval Office ceremony Thursday morning.

President Trump, in opening remarks, praised Sessions as “a man of integrity, a man of principle and a man of total, utter resolve.”

“He has devoted his life to the cause of justice and believes deeply that all people are equals in the eyes of the law - and very importantly for Jeff and so many of us also in the eyes of God,” the president said.

Sessions, in brief remarks afterward, thanked the president for “this great honor.”
 
“It’s something I never expected would happen in my life,” Sessions said. “The honor to lead it now is something I do not have words to express effectively.”

The former Alabama senator identified areas he’ll target in his new job -- a crime problem that he said is a “dangerous permanent trend that places the safety of the American people at risk.” He also pointed to “an increased threat from terrorism” and promised to “respond effectively.”

And Sessions also called for “a lawful system of immigration.”

“We need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public safety,” he said.

He praised the staff at the Justice Department, where he himself worked decades ago as a federal prosecutor, and said Americans need to “value and support and encourage the fabulous people who work there.” Sessions is going to the Justice Department in the afternoon and will meet with federal law enforcement officials later in the day. 

After the ceremony, Mr. Trump also signed three executive actions aimed at strengthening law enforcement, which he called “all very important,” though the actions have not yet been released.   

Of the first, he said,  “I’m directing Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to undertake all necessary and lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth and many other people.”

The second directs the Justice Department “to form a task force on reducing violent crime in America.”

And the third, Mr. Trump said, would have the Justice Department “implement a plan to stop crime and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers. It’s a shame what’s been happening to our great - truly great - law enforcement officers. That’s going to stop as of today.”

Mr. Trump then congratulated his new attorney general, saying, “Jeff, I know you’ll do a fantastic job. Good luck.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeff-sessions-sworn-in-as-attorney-general-trump-signs-executive-actions/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on February 09, 2017, 05:22:02 PM
Jeff Sessions sworn in as attorney general, Trump signs executive actions
CBS News/ February 9, 2017

The day after the Senate confirmed him as attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence in an Oval Office ceremony Thursday morning.

President Trump, in opening remarks, praised Sessions as “a man of integrity, a man of principle and a man of total, utter resolve.”

“He has devoted his life to the cause of justice and believes deeply that all people are equals in the eyes of the law - and very importantly for Jeff and so many of us also in the eyes of God,” the president said.

Sessions, in brief remarks afterward, thanked the president for “this great honor.”
 
“It’s something I never expected would happen in my life,” Sessions said. “The honor to lead it now is something I do not have words to express effectively.”

The former Alabama senator identified areas he’ll target in his new job -- a crime problem that he said is a “dangerous permanent trend that places the safety of the American people at risk.” He also pointed to “an increased threat from terrorism” and promised to “respond effectively.”

And Sessions also called for “a lawful system of immigration.”

“We need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public safety,” he said.

He praised the staff at the Justice Department, where he himself worked decades ago as a federal prosecutor, and said Americans need to “value and support and encourage the fabulous people who work there.” Sessions is going to the Justice Department in the afternoon and will meet with federal law enforcement officials later in the day. 

After the ceremony, Mr. Trump also signed three executive actions aimed at strengthening law enforcement, which he called “all very important,” though the actions have not yet been released.   

Of the first, he said,  “I’m directing Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to undertake all necessary and lawful action to break the back of the criminal cartels that have spread across our nation and are destroying the blood of our youth and many other people.”

The second directs the Justice Department “to form a task force on reducing violent crime in America.”

And the third, Mr. Trump said, would have the Justice Department “implement a plan to stop crime and crimes of violence against law enforcement officers. It’s a shame what’s been happening to our great - truly great - law enforcement officers. That’s going to stop as of today.”

Mr. Trump then congratulated his new attorney general, saying, “Jeff, I know you’ll do a fantastic job. Good luck.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/jeff-sessions-sworn-in-as-attorney-general-trump-signs-executive-actions/
Finally!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 13, 2017, 06:04:42 PM
Labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder in jeopardy
By John King, CNN Chief National Correspondent
Mon February 13, 2017

Washington (CNN) — Four Republican senators have told GOP leadership they are withholding support for President Donald Trump's choice for labor secretary, setting off an intense effort by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and business groups to bring at least two back into the fold so that the nomination does not fail, several sources involved in the effort tell CNN.

The four, these sources say, are GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Tim Scott of South Carolina and Johnny Isakson of Georgia.

Fast food executive Andrew Puzder is the President's choice, and among the last Cabinet picks to get a confirmation hearing because of controversies that include an admission he employed an undocumented housekeeper. His hearing, delayed several times, is now scheduled for Thursday.

Republicans are not counting on any Democratic votes for Puzder. So, with a 52-48 majority, they would need to hold at least 50 Republicans, as was the case last week when Vice President Mike Pence was called on to break the tie and advance the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

Murkowski and Collins were the two GOP defections on the DeVos vote, and of the four who have voiced reservations about Puzder are viewed as the most difficult to get back in the fold.

If at least two of the four reluctant Republicans cannot be swayed, McConnell could face the unwelcome task of advising the White House to pull the nomination instead of facing an embarrassing Senate floor defeat. But the sources involved in the urgent lobbying effort, speaking to CNN on condition of anonymity, said the leader viewed this as a test of party unity and his leadership, and was determined to round up the necessary votes.

To that, several business organizations with political clout have joined the effort, including the Chamber of Commerce, which sent lawmakers a letter supporting the Puzder nomination last week and has been working in concert with Senate GOP leadership to sway the senators who have reported their opposition or likely opposition to Puzder.

Collins told CNN she still has not made a decision about whether to support Puzder and is reviewing material about the nominee including an appearance his ex-wife made on Oprah. She insists she won't make up her mind until after Thursday's hearing.

"I have gone to review the Oprah show for an hour on which his former wife appeared and I'm reviewing the other information that has come to light. I'm sure all of this will explored fully," she said.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/13/politics/gop-senators-puzder/index.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 13, 2017, 06:35:53 PM
Senate confirms David Shulkin as new VA Secretary
By: Leo Shane III,  February 13, 2017

WASHINGTON — The Senate easily confirmed Dr. David Shulkin as the new Veterans Affairs Secretary on Monday night, making him the first non-veteran ever to serve in the post.

Shulkin, who currently serves as the head of VA health programs, was approved by a vote of 100-0. He is expected to be sworn into the Cabinet post on Tuesday.

The 57-year-old physician was praised by lawmakers from both parties and veterans advocates as a leader with inside knowledge of the veterans bureaucracy and critical perspective of ways to reform those offerings from his time as a healthcare executive.

“The solutions to VA’s problems should be based on common sense rather than partisanship or an extreme agenda, and I think Dr. Shulkin recognizes that,” said Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and ranking member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

“He is committed to our nation's veterans above all. Through the conversations I've had with him over the last year and a half, I think he understands the challenges that are ahead of us in the VA … Dr. Shulkin is on top of it.”

Committee chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., called Shulkin “the right man for the veterans administration” and hailed the vote as a rare moment of bipartisanship in the increasingly divided chamber. 

Shulkin is the only member of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to be held over from former President Barack Obama’s administration.

He’s also the first non-veteran to oversee the department or any of its predecessor agencies. Over the last 94 years, each of the 26 other men to serve in the job boasted military experience.

Military Times

Trump pick David Shulkin vows to reform — not privatize — VA services
 Shulkin’s parents both served in the Army, and he was born on a military base in Illinois. In his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Shulkin said the military and veterans care has played a persistent role in his life.

“As a young doctor, I trained in several VA hospitals,” he said. “I view my service at VA as a duty to give back to the men and women who secured the uniquely American freedoms and opportunities we all enjoy, because of sacrifices they made.”

He also repeatedly promised not to “privatize” VA services, and told lawmakers he would not have accepted Trump’s nomination if it came with such a requirement.

“What I told him is that I am a strong advocate for the VA, that the services that are available in VA are not available in the private sector,” Shulkin told senators. “My view of where VA needs to go is an integrated system of care, taking the best of VA and the best in the community, and that's what I would work towards.”

Military Times

Trump held his first VA listening session without veterans advocates
 In a statement, Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander Brian Duffy praised the Senate vote as an important step ahead for the community.

"Veterans are very fortunate to have Dr. Shulkin voluntarily stay in what has evolved into the most scrutinized and criticized position in the country. And it should be," he said.

 "What he brings to the job is a love for veterans, for doing what's right, and for knowing what needs to be done to fix what's broken, to hold employees accountable, and to restore the faith of veterans in their VA. The VFW looks forward to working with him and his staff."


Paul Rieckhoff, CEO of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, in a statement said his membership supported Shulkin's confirmation "but now the hard work for Shulkin and the President begins."

"Big promises from the campaign must be followed by big outcomes," he said. "Dr. Shulkin knows the VA and should not require time to learn. We expect and deserve to see results right away."

Trump made VA reform a pillar of his presidential campaign, including releasing a 10-point plan which called for more mental health care professionals in the department, a private White House hotline devoted to fielding complaints from veterans, and a commission to “investigate all the fraud, cover-ups, and wrongdoing that has taken place in the VA” in recent years.

Much of that work has been stalled waiting for a new permanent head for the department. Decisions on who will serve as Shulkin’s chief of staff, top health official and other key deputies are expected to be announced in coming days.

Shulkin is the ninth permanent secretary confirmed by the Senate since the Department of Veterans Affairs was reorganized in 1989. Each of other eight were also approved without opposition, either through unanimous or voice votes.

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/senate-confirms-shulkin-va-secretary?utm_content=buffer4cd95&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 14, 2017, 01:36:21 PM
Senate Confirms Former Wrestling Exec McMahon to Lead SBA
Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate on Tuesday confirmed former wrestling entertainment executive Linda McMahon to lead the Small Business Administration as part of President Donald Trump's cabinet.

The Senate voted 81-19 to confirm McMahon, who helped start and grow World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said McMahon will "prioritize growing jobs over growing government bureaucracy."

"In so many states, including mine, that's a welcome change from Washington," McConnell said.

McMahon served as the chief executive officer at WWE before stepping down in 2009 to run for the Senate. She helped WWE grow from about a dozen employees into an enterprise with more than 800.

She lost races in 2010 and 2012, spending nearly $100 million of her own money on the campaigns, but both of her Democratic opponents from Connecticut — Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy — endorsed her nomination to lead the Small Business Administration.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said she has opposed several of Trump's Cabinet nominees, but she supported McMahon because she understands the agency plays a vital role in the economy through loans, disaster assistance and educational services. She said McMahon also assured her that it was important to keep the SBA as a separate agency rather than merge it with the Commerce Department, a concept she had once endorsed when running for the Senate.

The Senate has been split mostly along party lines on most of Trump's Cabinet choices. But McMahon breezed through her confirmation hearing, and a Senate panel moved her nomination to the full Senate with a vote of 18-1.
 
Leading up to the vote for McMahon, the Senate on Monday narrowly approved Steven Mnuchin to serve as the next secretary of the Treasury Department despite strong Democratic objections over a banker they dubbed the "foreclosure king." Later Monday, the Senate also approved David Shulkin to serve as the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The McMahon confirmation likely represents a lull before more hotly contested confirmation battles ensue, most notably that of Andrew Puzder to serve as the next labor secretary. Four Republicans on the Senate panel considering his nomination aren't saying publicly whether they will vote for him.

The SBA is best known for the small business loans it makes and the disaster aid it provides to companies and entrepreneurs. The agency is also tasked with monitoring government officials' compliance with contract laws. Its budget is generally under $1 billion.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/US-Senate-Trump-Cabinet/2017/02/14/id/773534/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 14, 2017, 02:15:37 PM
Steven Mnuchin Confirmed as Treasury Secretary
Posted on February 13, 2017
by Keith Koffler

From the Washington Examiner:

President Trump has his economic right-hand man in place.

The Senate voted Monday evening to confirm Steven Mnuchin, a former investor, banker and Trump campaign official, to be the 77th secretary of the treasury. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was the only Democrat to vote with Republicans, and the nominee was confirmed 53-47.

Confirmation means that Mnuchin will be in a position to help carry out Trump’s ambitious agenda for cutting tax rates, lessening financial regulation and revamping trade agreements.

The treasury secretary is the top economic post in an administration, and Mnuchin’s swearing-in will go a long way toward filling out Trump’s understaffed Cabinet and, potentially, facilitating the president’s legislative agenda.

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2017/02/13/steven-mnuchin-confirmed-treasury-secretary/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 15, 2017, 04:28:56 PM
Labor pick Puzder withdraws from consideration amid controversy
By  Barnini Chakraborty   
Published February 15, 2017
FoxNews.com

Fast-food chain CEO Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for Labor secretary Wednesday afternoon, amid mounting controversy over his personal and professional past.

Puzder issued a statement removing his name on the eve of his scheduled Senate hearing, where lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were preparing for tough questioning.

"After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor," he said in the statement.

"I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor and put America's workers and businesses back on a path to sustainable prosperity. I want to thank President Trump for his nomination. I also thank my family and my many supporters - employees, businesses, friends and people who have voiced their praise and hopeful optimism for the policies and new thinking I would have brought to America as Secretary of Labor."

The decision is the latest blow for the Trump administration, coming on the heels of national security adviser Michael Flynn resigning amid a controversy over his past contact with the Russian ambassador.

Puzder's problems have been mounting for weeks, but were concentrating as several Senate Republicans made clear they were withholding support ahead of his previously scheduled Senate hearing.

Well-placed senior Capitol Hill sources told Fox News that “about a dozen” Republican senators expressed reservations or concerns about Puzder, and told their leadership they were not prepared to support his nomination.

Puzder’s high-profile divorce including past abuse allegations from his ex-wife; revelations that his family had hired an undocumented immigrant as their housekeeper; and his business background all have cast a harsh spotlight on the executive. Puzder could not afford to lose much Republican backing, since the GOP has a slim majority in the Senate.

While several of Trump's Cabinet nominees have faced tight confirmation votes -- with Vice President Pence even being called to break a tie earlier this month -- Puzder becomes the first Trump pick to withdraw.

A total of three Cabinet picks withdrew from consideration under then-President Barack Obama; while two did so during the George W. Bush administration and five withdrew during the Bill Clinton administration.

While the abuse allegations from Puzder's ex-wife -- and especially an interview she did with Oprah Winfrey decades ago that resurfaced in light of his nomination -- have attracted the most attention, his ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, has retracted those claims.

She told Fox News in a statement that her "privacy has been invaded," as she lashed out at the media and critics of her former husband.

But the issue has hung over his nomination.

Before he withdrew, top Republican leaders said they supported him and were confident he’d be confirmed.

"I'm a strong supporter of Andy Puzder. I think he's uniquely qualified for this job," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday.

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which franchises the fast food chains Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the confirmation process has resulted in a qualified and dedicated man withdrawing from the Labor Secretary nomination,” Leslie Shedd, a spokeswoman for the National Restaurant Association, said in a written statement. “Andy Puzder would have made a great Labor Secretary.”

Others were eager to see him out of the running. Democratic senators days ago had called on the administration to withdraw the pick, also citing his labor policy stances.

“Given his relationship to his employees, he wasn’t fit to lead a department responsible for defending workers,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez also weighed in on Twitter saying Puzder is “unfit to be in charge of protecting workers.”

“We need someone with moral authority,” Perez said.

Puzder, had he been able to survive the confirmation battle, would have been the first labor secretary in decades to hold the post with no prior public service experience.

Puzder had been a strong supporter of Trump on the campaign trail. In addition to serving as economic adviser to the president he and his wife also donated $332,000 to Trump, joint fundraising committees and to the Republican National Committee.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/15/labor-pick-puzder-withdraws-from-consideration-amid-controversy.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 16, 2017, 09:51:19 AM
Trump to announce Alexander Acosta as labor secretary pick
By John King, Manu Raju and Dan Merica, CNN
Thu February 16, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump will announce Thursday his plan to nominate Alexander Acosta to be labor secretary, two sources familiar with the plan tell CNN. The nomination comes one day after Andy Puzder, Trump's first pick to lead the department, withdrew his nomination.

Acosta, who is currently the dean of the Florida International University School of Law, is a former member of the National Labor Relations Board, a position he was nominated to by former President George W. Bush.

If confirmed, Acosta -- the son of Cuban immigrants - would be the first Hispanic member of Trump's Cabinet.
NBC News first reported Acosta as the pick.

He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito when he sat on the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington.

Puzder, Trump's first pick to leader the Labor Department, withdrew his nomination Wednesday after Republican senators began telling the White House that they would not back the nominee.

Puzder, the CEO of the company that owns the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. fast food chains, faced fierce opposition mostly from Democrats in part related to his position on labor issues as well as the fact that he employed an undocumented immigrant housekeeper.

But Republicans, too, had grown weary of the range of liabilities facing Puzder, and senior GOP officials informed the White House Tuesday night and Wednesday that Puzder lacked a viable path for confirmation.

The turbulent nomination process wore on Puzder, too, with aides close to the nominee telling CNN that he was taken aback by the harshness of politics.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/16/politics/donald-trump-white-house-announcement/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 16, 2017, 09:52:28 AM
Senate Confirms Mulvaney as Budget Chief
Thursday, 16 Feb 2017

The Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the White House budget office, giving Republicans' tea party wing a voice in Trump's Cabinet.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney squeaked through the Senate on a 51-49 vote. Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, who's emerging as perhaps the most vocal Republican critic of the Trump administration, opposed Mulvaney for backing cuts to Pentagon spending.

Mulvaney's confirmation promises to accelerate work on Trump's upcoming budget plan. The South Carolina Republican brings staunchly conservative credentials to the post, though Trump has indicated he not interested in tackling popular benefit programs like Social Security and Medicare and wants a major investment in infrastructure programs like highways.

Democrats opposed Mulvaney over his support for curbing the growth of Medicare and Social Security and other issues.

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/US-Trump-Cabinet-The/2017/02/16/id/774003/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: gothorium on February 16, 2017, 11:52:38 AM
best cabinet of all time....it just keeps getting better.


remember there is no such thing as crony capitalism.

Capitalism is endless boom.

cronyism is a feature of statism

lower gov spending and enforce property!

ban unions, building codes, disbar msot lawyers n judges, loer money to legal system 99% and run jails cheap

stop putting men in jail for domestic violence hysteria, make it financial penalty
end drug hysteria






Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 17, 2017, 02:36:33 PM
Pruitt narrowly confirmed to head EPA over Democratic objections
By  Barnini Chakraborty   
Published February 17, 2017
FoxNews.com

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was narrowly confirmed Friday afternoon to lead the federal agency he built a career fighting.

The Senate voted 52-46 to install Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, after a heated debate.

While Democrats have blasted the nominee for his push to roll back regulations and his past statements challenging the science behind climate change, his bid more recently was complicated by a dispute over documents.

On the eve of his confirmation, Pruitt was ordered by an Oklahoma judge to hand over thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies like Koch Industries and the National Coal Council to the Center for Media and Democracy, which requested the collection of emails in 2014.

CMD is accusing Pruitt and the Oklahoma attorney general’s office of ignoring multiple open records requests.

Oklahoma County District Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons said “there was an abject failure to provide prompt and reasonable access to documents requested.”

As of Thursday night, the attorney general’s office had provided only 411 of the more than 3,000 emails CMD requested. The 411 emails were turned over earlier this week. The open records request was made two years ago.

Pruitt’s office maintains they have done nothing wrong and that they handle requests on a “first-come, first-served system.”

Democrats used the developments to push for a delay in Pruitt’s confirmation vote but were repeatedly denied.

“Scott Pruitt and Senate Republicans have made a mockery of the confirmation process, permitting the nominee to escape scrutiny and hide his deep ties to the fossil fuel industry,” Sierra Club Legislative Director Melinda Pierce said in a written statement. “What is he hiding in all of these emails?”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed efforts to postpone it as another delay tactic by Democrats that was “unprecedented, harmful and pointless.”

“It’s one thing to obstruct to get some outcome, really these are a collection of futile gestures, not changing the outcome of these nominations,” he said from the Senate floor Friday.

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., pushed back on the accusations from Republicans that Democrats are purposely trying to stall the vote to get back at Trump.

“We have a nominee here who has sued the EPA 18 times!” Franken said. “We don’t think this nominee is qualified. It has nothing to do with us not recognizing the results of the election.”

Open records aside, Pruitt’s nomination has been controversial from the start.

As attorney general of Oklahoma, he sued the very department he was tapped by President Trump to run 14 times, often joining forces with the country’s largest fossil fuel companies against the EPA. He’s also openly questioned the science of climate change and challenged data that says humans contribute to global warming.

Pruitt’s also argued the EPA should have most of its authority stripped.  His open antipathy for the department had many wondering why he’d want to lead it.

The New York Times reported that employees of the EPA have been calling their senators to urge them to vote against Pruitt. The display of defiance foreshadows turmoil between those employed by the agency and a man who has built a career on fighting it.

“It seems like Trump and Pruitt want a complete reversal of what EPA has done,” Nicole Cantello, an EPA lawyer who heads the Chicago branch of the union representing EPA’s 15,000 employees nationwide. “I don’t know if there’s any other agency that’s been so reviled. So it’s in our interest to do this.”

Republican lawmakers supporting Pruitt say he’s the right man to “modernize the agency” and will work to make sure the EPA doesn’t overstep its authority.

“He has consistently fought against federal intrusion,” Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said. “The EPA must accept the limits of federal power.”

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, also supported Pruitt’s nomination. He argues Pruitt will clean up the EPA which he says has abused its power over the past eight years.

“We’ve had an agency that doesn’t list mistakes, ignores rule of law… and believes it has the power to regulate every nook and cranny of American life.” Sullivan said in a floor speech. “It’s been an enormous power grab. They regulate puddles.”

Despite the pushback, Pruitt’s confirmation seemed to be a done deal. Two Democratic senators, North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, announced earlier they would vote in favor of his confirmation.

On the Republican side, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine opposed it. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., skipped the vote to attend a conference in Germany.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/17/pruitt-narrowly-confirmed-to-head-epa-over-democratic-objections.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Yamcha on February 17, 2017, 04:19:01 PM
I see a theme here...


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 17, 2017, 05:29:05 PM
Trump’s Team: Who’s who in president’s Cabinet, White House
Published January 24, 2017
FoxNews.com
 
President Trump quickly announced his picks for key Cabinet and White House positions after the November election. The following are his selections – Cabinet nominees are subject to Senate confirmation.

Cabinet members that have been confirmed
Individuals Trump has nominated and Senate has confirmed.

Rex Tillerson (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of State
CEO, ExxonMobil
GOP senators challenge Trump on secretary of state prospect's Russia ties

James Mattis (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Defense
Retired Marine general; former commander of U.S. Central Command
Mattis says he's 'grateful' to be nominated as defense secretary; House GOP introduces waiver language

Steven Mnuchin (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Treasury
Trump campaign finance chairman; former Goldman Sachs partner; Hollywood producer
Trump nominates Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary

Jeff Sessions (CONFIRMED)
Attorney General
U.S. senator, Alabama
Lobbying push in full swing to confirm Sessions as AG

Tom Price (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Health and Human Services
U.S. representative, Georgia; chairman of House Budget Committee; orthopedic surgeon
Trump nominates Rep. Tom Price for HHS secretary

Betsy DeVos (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Education
Charter school advocate; philanthropist; Republican donor
Trump picks charter school advocate Betsy DeVos for education secretary

Elaine Chao (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Transportation
Former Labor secretary
Trump nominates Elaine Chao to be Transportation Secretary

Nikki Haley (CONFIRMED)
U.S. Ambassador to United Nations
Governor of South Carolina
Trump chooses South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley as UN ambassador

John Kelly (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Homeland Security
Retired Marine general; former commander of U.S. Southern Command

Linda McMahon (CONFIRMED)
Administrator of the Small Business Administration
Former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment

David Shulkin (CONFIRMED)
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Under secretary for health for the Department of Veterans Affairs; former hospital executive

Mick Mulvaney (CONFIRMED)
Director of Office of Management and Budget
U.S. representative, South Carolina; former South Carolina state senator and representative
Trump taps conservative South Carolina Rep. Mulvaney as budget chief

Scott Pruitt (CONFIRMED)
Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Oklahoma attorney general; former state senator
Trump to nominate EPA critic Pruitt to lead agency

Cabinet nominees pending confirmation
Individuals that Trump has nominated but Senate has not yet confirmed.

Rick Perry
Secretary of Energy
Former Texas governor; former Texas agriculture commissioner, two-time presidential candidate
Trump announces Perry as pick for energy secretary

Ryan Zinke
Secretary of Interior
U.S. representative, Montana; member of House Natural Resources Committee; former Navy SEAL
Trump announces Rep. Zinke as choice for Interior secretary

Ben Carson
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital; 2016 candidate for president
Trump to nominate Carson as HUD secretary

Wilbur Ross
Secretary of Commerce
Investor; former banker

Robert Lighthizer
U.S. Trade Representative
Former deputy U.S. trade representative

Sonny Perdue
Secretary of Agriculture
Former Georgia governor

Alexander Acosta
Secretary of Labor
Florida International University College of Law dean; former federal prosecutor; former labor relations board member

Nominees out of contention

Andrew Puzder (WITHDREW FROM CONSIDERATION)
Secretary of Labor
CEO, CKE Restaurants Inc.
Fast food exec Puzder is Trump's pick for Labor secretary
White House

Individuals Trump has appointed

Reince Priebus
Chief of Staff
Chairman of Republican National Committee
Priebus backs Trump, ‘Don’t want that drone back’

Michael Flynn
National Security Adviser
Former director of Defense Intelligence Agency; retired Army lieutenant general

Stephen K. Bannon
Chief Strategist
Executive chairman of Breitbart News

Donald McGahn
White House Counsel
Former member of the Federal Election Commission
Trump taps campaign attorney Donald McGahn as White House counsel

Kellyanne Conway
Counselor to the President
Former Trump campaign manager and senior adviser; pollster

Sean Spicer
Press Secretary
Chief strategist and communications director, Republican National Committee

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/24/trump-s-team-who-s-who-in-president-s-cabinet-white-house.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 20, 2017, 02:14:57 PM
Trump selects Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser
Published February 20, 2017
FoxNews.com

President Trump on Monday tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a warrior-scholar deemed an expert in counter insurgency, to be the director of the White House's National Security Council.

The 54-year-old McMaster replaces retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as the president’s national security adviser. Flynn was forced to resign after lying about talking to Russia, before he officially took the NSA post, about recently imposed sanctions.

“He is a man of tremendous talent and experience,” Trump said in announcing McMaster’s appointment. “He’s highly respected in the military, and we're lucky to have him.”

Trump also announced that Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg will remain as the NSC’s chief of staff.

“I’m proud to continue my service to the nation,” said McMaster, sitting next to Trump inside the president’s Florida resort home Mar-a-Lago.

Trump on Sunday interviewed several NSC candidates, in an attempt to solidify the intelligence team, days after calling for Flynn’s resignation.

McMaster is a Philadelphia native and West Point graduate who fought in the Persian Gulf War and served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This is a great team,” Trump said. “The country is honored to have two people like this, and after having met so many people in the military, we're lucky to have all of them.”

Said Kellogg: "I'm honored and privileged to serve alongside Gen. McMaster. He's a great statesman."

Trump also thanked the others he interviewed this past weekend including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

The president said Bolton has “a good number of ideas that I agree with very much" and that he will work for him in a “different capacity.”

McMaster is currently director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center. He joined the Army in 1984 and distinguished himself seven years later during the Gulf War in what would become known as the Battle of 73 Easting.

As captain of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment's Eagle Troop, McMaster led a force of just nine tanks that took out more than 80 Iraqi Republican Guard tanks and armored vehicles.

He is the author of the 1997 book, "Dereliction of Duty," which criticized the U.S. government's handling of the Vietnam War.

In his latest role, McMaster was tasked with gauging the U.S, military capability against future threats. When he addressed lawmakers in April of last year, he warned that years of military cuts have left the U.S. vulnerable.

“We are outranged and outgunned by many potential adversaries,” McMaster said. “[And] our army in the future risks being too small to secure the nation.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/20/trump-selects-lt-gen-h-r-mcmaster-as-national-security-adviser.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on February 27, 2017, 06:12:22 PM
Wilbur Ross confirmed as Commerce secretary
Published February 27, 2017
FoxNews.com
 
The Senate voted Monday to confirm billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce in President Trump's Cabinet.

Ross was approved by a vote of 72-27, with 20 Democrats and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, joining 51 Republicans to vote "aye." Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., did not vote due to his ongoing recovery from back surgery.

The Senate later voted 67-31 to move forward on the nomination of Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to lead the Interior Department. A final vote on Zinke's confirmation is expected Wednesday.

Ross is the 14th member of Trump's Cabinet to be cofirmed, with seven nominees still to be voted on.

Senators from both political parties were deferential to Ross at his nearly four-hour confirmation hearing, which was much more subdued than the confirmation hearings of other Trump nominees.

Former Commerce secretaries have praised him, including one who served under former President Barack Obama.

"I believe his extensive management experience in the private sector, and his understanding of the challenges faced by workers and businesses alike, will equip him well for the job of leading the Department of Commerce," said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Commerce Committee.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who voted "nay," had criticized Ross' business ties to Russia and the way he ran a mortgage lender during the housing crisis.

"Mr. Ross has extensive ties to Russia. He plans to keep making money from his major oil shipping companies while working as Commerce Secretary. He's made billions off the backs of struggling home owners," Warren said. "He is practically a cartoon stereotype of a Wall Street fat cat."

At his confirmation hearing, Ross was not asked about business ties to Russia or his work as a mortgage lender, and he did not address the issues.

Senators did note that Ross is divesting from much of his business empire.

Breaking with Republican orthodoxy, Ross said the Trump administration will work quickly to re-do the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), a massive trade pact with Canada and Mexico that has boosted trade but still stings laid-off workers across the Midwest.

Ross said all free trade agreements should be systematically re-opened every few years to make sure they are working in the best interests of the U.S.

Ross said he is pro-free trade but noted his close relationship with the United Steelworkers union as proof that he will fight to protect American jobs. The union has endorsed him.

NAFTA was negotiated and signed by President Bill Clinton, with broad support among Republicans in Congress.

Worth an estimated $2.9 billion, Ross has extensive business ties around the globe. In 2000, he founded WL Ross & Co., a private equity firm. As part of his ethics agreement, Ross will divest from the firm, if confirmed.

The commerce secretary has several roles in promoting American business interests in the U.S. and abroad. The department handles trade issues, working to attract foreign investment to the U.S. The department also oversees agencies that manage fisheries, weather forecasting and the Census Bureau, which will conduct a count in 2020.

Ross said he has experience at that agency; he was a census-taker while he attended business school.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/27/wilbur-ross-confirmed-as-commerce-secretary.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 01, 2017, 04:47:55 PM
Ryan Zinke was confirmed with less rancor than other Trump picks, but where he'll take Interior Department isn't clear
By William Yardley
March 1, 2017

The same cannot be said for exactly what direction Zinke intends to take a sprawling department of 70,000 employees who oversee about 75% of all federal public land, most of it in the West. The agency includes the National Park Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Many environmental groups have criticized his selection, though in more muted terms than they have used for the president’s other high-profile environmental nominee, Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who won only two Democratic votes in his confirmation last month to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

“Both are my clients,” Fred Davis, a Republican strategist, wrote in response to emailed questions on Wednesday. “Love ’em both, but apples and oranges. No comparison in background.”

Pruitt as attorney general brought a wave of legal challenges against the agency he now leads. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, has frequently referred to himself as a “Teddy Roosevelt” Republican and conservationist who favors putting public lands to “multiple use” — hiking, hunting and other forms of recreation as well as fossil fuel extraction.

He has written with reverence of growing up amid the rivers and mountains of his native Whitefish, Mont., and of completing a Boy Scout Eagle project that steered him toward “a lifetime of conservation values.”

He has said that he “absolutely” opposes the sale or transfer of public land and that he intends to address what he said was a $12-billion maintenance backlog in national parks — positions that have earned him cautious praise from conservationists and Democrats.

But environmental groups have criticized him on other positions he laid out at his confirmation hearing in January before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. He testified that he would be willing to revisit several decisions by the Obama administration, including its moves to halt coal leasing, ban oil and gas drilling in most of the Arctic and use the Antiquities Act to set aside parts of the West as national monuments.

He said he would like to meet with Utah officials about Obama’s decision late last year to create the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument, an area of ancestral tribal lands in the state’s southeast corner.

His views on climate change have been elusive and sometimes muddled.

Zinke was among hundreds of state lawmakers who signed a letter in 2010 saying climate change was a dangerous threat that needed to be addressed with a new energy policy focused on renewable energy sources.

At his confirmation hearing, however, Zinke demurred when asked whether he still believed those things, saying he was “not an expert in this field.”

He also testified that climate change is real and that humans play a role in causing it, but that there is debate on how much influence they have had and what can be done to address the problem.

An overwhelming majority of scientists say humans are the primary cause of climate change and that the use of fossil fuels must be drastically reduced to avoid catastrophic changes in the coming decades.

One factor in Zinke’s confirmation has little to do with his environmental views.

Before Trump selected Zinke, Senate Republicans had hoped to recruit him to challenge Senator John Tester of Montana, a Democrat, in 2018. A victory could strengthen Republicans’ slim majority, though it was also expected to be a bitter and potentially unsuccessful effort. Zinke’s appetite for it was unclear.

On Wednesday, Tester was among the Democrats who voted for Zinke.

“I know he’ll make us proud,” Tester wrote on Twitter.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-interior-zinke-confirmed-20170301-story.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 02, 2017, 10:48:19 AM
Ben Carson wins Senate confirmation as housing secretary
Published March 02, 2017 
FoxNews.com

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was confirmed by the Senate Thursday to become housing secretary in the Trump administration.

Carson, a former Republican presidential candidate who battled Trump for the GOP nomination, was confirmed for the Cabinet position by a 58 to 41 vote.

In his role as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, Carson will lead more than 8,300 employees and handle an annual budget of nearly $47 billion.

The vote comes more than a month after Carson earned the bipartisan backing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, even gaining the support of two of the panel’s most liberal members -- Democrats Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Warren, however, switched her position and voted against Carson on Thursday. The vote change comes after she faced pressure from liberal activists and wrote a long Facebook post defending her support of Carson.

Answering critics who questioned his qualifications to run HUD, Carson said during his January nomination hearing that he would go on a “listening tour” so he could gain feedback on how to reform the massive and complex department.

During his Senate hearing, Carson said he wanted to focus on solutions to combat the lack of available low-income housing and to forge new partnerships between government and the private sector.

“There’s a lot of money in the private sector. There’s a lot of good will in the private sector,” said Carson.

As secretary, Carson committed to examining “those programs that are working so we can multiply them across the country.”

Underscoring the challenges he faces at HUD, the National Low Income Housing Coalition released a report on Thursday that found a shortage of 7.4 million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income households.

In addition, the report said 71 percent of extremely low-income households spend more than half of their income on housing.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/02/ben-carson-wins-senate-confirmation-as-housing-secretary.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 02, 2017, 12:33:32 PM
Senate Confirms Rick Perry as Energy Secretary
Thursday, 02 Mar 2017

The Senate on Thursday voted to confirm President Donald Trump's pick to head the Department of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has promised to renew America’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

Perry's rise to America’s top energy official came against opposition from Democrats worried about his ties to oil companies, his doubts about the science of climate change, and the fact that he once called for the department’s total elimination – a comment he has since said he regrets.

The Senate voted 62 to 37 in support of Perry.

Perry, 66, was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, making him the longest-serving governor of the oil-producing state in its history.
 
As energy secretary, Perry would lead a vast scientific research operation credited with helping trigger a U.S. drilling boom and advancements in energy efficiency and renewables technology, and would oversee America's nuclear arsenal.

His predecessor, Obama Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, was a nuclear physicist who led technical negotiations in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, while the previous head, Steven Chu, was a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

The former Texas governor said during his confirmation hearing earlier this year that he regretted having previously called for the department's elimination during his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.

http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/Senate-Cabinet-Energy-Perry/2017/03/02/id/776575/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 10, 2017, 11:43:23 AM
Sources: Huntsman tapped as ambassador to Russia
By Jeremy Diamond, Jeff Zeleny and Elise Labott, CNN
Thu March 9, 2017

Washington (CNN) — Former Utah governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has accepted President Donald Trump's offer to serve as the next ambassador to Russia, several senior administration officials told CNN.

If confirmed, Huntsman would become one of the highest-profile US ambassadors, helming the diplomatic mission to a country that has seen its relationship with the US become increasingly strained in recent years. Huntsman would also take on the post amid ongoing questions about connections between Russians known to US intelligence and Trump campaign advisers -- and just months after Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

The post would be the third ambassadorship for Huntsman, who previously served as US ambassador to Singapore and China. Huntsman was the ambassador to China during President Barack Obama's administration.

Huntsman's selection comes two weeks after the Utah Republican was first floated as a contender for a top diplomatic post.

One senior administration official said Huntsman was tapped because he is a "brilliant guy," "tough" and understands what Trump wants.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/08/politics/jon-huntsman-russia-ambassador-trump/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on May 03, 2017, 01:24:57 PM
Bunch of zealots.  Better watch what you say at all times. 

Report: Second Army secretary nominee may drop out
By: Leo Shane III,  May 2, 2017

WASHINGTON — Army secretary nominee Mark Green could withdraw his name from consideration from the Pentagon post as early as this week, according to sources speaking to CNN. 

If true, the news represents the latest major setback for President Donald Trump’s efforts to staff his Defense Department.

Darren Morris, a political adviser to Green, denied the reports when contacted by Military Times, saying "there's no truth to the rumors at all."

He said on Tuesday that he doesn’t know where the rumors came from, but that it could be the same people who have previously attacked Green, adding that it could be wishful thinking on their part that he’d be withdrawing.

“[Green ] is in Washington right now meeting with senators preparing for his confirmation hearing,” Morris said.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions from Military Times.

Green would be the second nominee this year to step away from the Army Secretary post before a Senate confirmation hearing was scheduled. In February, billionaire veteran Vincent Viola dropped out of the process, citing numerous conflicts of interest with his family businesses.

And just weeks after Viola’s withdrawal, Trump’s pick for Navy Secretary — financier Philip Bilden — also dropped out of consideration, citing similar business conflicts.

Reports of Green's withdrawal comes amid scrutiny over his past comments on homosexuality and transgender rights connected to his work as a Tennessee state senator.

LGBT advocates called out Green for pushing for a Tennessee law to circumvent local government policies against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and for being a vocal critic of rules allowing transgender individuals to use public restrooms of their choosing.

He also once asserted that psychologists view transgender individual as diseased and has questioned whether evolution is a sound scientific theory.

On Tuesday, officials from the gay rights advocacy group OutServe-SLDN called Green’s nomination “a grenade in the tent” and said his “anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-women record in the Tennessee legislature stands in stark contrast to the American values of justice, fairness and tolerance we all hold dear.”

Morris, Green's political adviser, said a lot of the attacks are "misquoted or out of line," adding that Green believes anyone should be able to serve in the military regardless of their sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

At least 32 congressional democrats — including House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. — have called for Green to withdraw from the process.

Also on Tuesday, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., told USA Today that "There’s a lot of controversy concerning (Green's) nomination," and that "there are some issues that clearly need to be cleared up.”

Green is best known as the special operations soldier who interviewed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein after his capture by American forces in 2003. The 1986 West Point graduate has been a state lawmaker since 2012 and for the last seven years has served as founder and CEO of Align MD, an emergency department staffing company.

He’s an Army Ranger who holds a medical degree from Wright State University and a Master’s Certificate in information systems from University of Southern California. The Army retiree is also active in a pair of military focused charities — Soldiers and Families Embraced and Reboot for Recovery — as well as the middle Tennessee chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.

Green’s sudden departure would leave the Army without a permanent civilian head likely into the fall, given the slow pace of nominations coming from the White House. Robert Speer has served as acting secretary since January, when President Donald Trump dismissed former Army Secretary Eric Fanning.

A confirmation vote for Air Force Secretary nominee Heather Wilson has been stalled in the Senate for weeks. A replacement for Bilden to lead the Navy has not yet been announced.

In the meantime, Trump has outlined a bold and controversial build-up of military might in his budget proposals, but has left the detail work of those plans to the interim officials.

Ahead of the news about Green, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, repeated his concerns over the administration’s slow pace filling top Pentagon jobs, saying that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis “cannot do everything single handedly, and there are several crises in the world he has to manage.”

“I continue to be concerned that without Senate-confirmed decision makers, the Pentagon tends to march in the direction it’s been marching in, and that doesn’t solve our readiness problems,” he said.

McCain he has “great concerns about the team around Mattis” and “the snail’s pace (for nominees) we are now at is really very unfortunate.”

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/mark-green-withdraws-army-secretary-nominee


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: TuHolmes on May 03, 2017, 02:42:17 PM
They are Zealots.

That said. You and I know that we have to watch what we say.

There are people who post on this board that say things that they would never say under their real name.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Soul Crusher on May 03, 2017, 06:15:16 PM
They are Zealots.

That said. You and I know that we have to watch what we say.

There are people who post on this board that say things that they would never say under their real name.

Everyone know who da fuk I am so I don't care at all. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: TuHolmes on May 03, 2017, 11:06:07 PM
Everyone know who da fuk I am so I don't care at all. 
Come on dude. You wouldn't have changed your handle otherwise. Nor would you have left previously. Obviously you do care.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Soul Crusher on May 04, 2017, 10:51:39 AM
Come on dude. You wouldn't have changed your handle otherwise. Nor would you have left previously. Obviously you do care.

Not now.  Arce was also gettting roped in to it


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: TuHolmes on May 04, 2017, 11:42:54 AM
Not now.  Arce was also gettting roped in to it

People change over time I guess.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on May 04, 2017, 12:35:45 PM
They are Zealots.

That said. You and I know that we have to watch what we say.

There are people who post on this board that say things that they would never say under their real name.

Truth.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on August 02, 2017, 01:10:35 PM
Senate Confirms 8 Defense Nominees, Including Navy Secretary
By Joe Crowe
02 Aug 2017 01:42 PM

The Senate confirmed eight nominees to Department of Defense positions late Tuesday. The confirmations included former Marine Corps pilot Richard Spencer as Secretary of the Navy, according to The Hill.

The seven other confirmations are:

Matthew Donovan as undersecretary of the Air Force.
Ryan McCarthy as undersecretary of the Army.
Ellen Lord as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics.
Lucian Niemeyer as assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations, and the environment.
Robert Hood as assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs.
Robert Daigle as director of cost assessment and program evaluation.
Elaine McCusker as principal deputy undersecretary of defense, comptroller.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., praised the confirmation of the nominees in a website post:

"I was pleased to see the Senate confirm eight important Department of Defense civilian nominations. The Senate has been paralyzed by politics and partisanship, and it is unfortunate that it took so long to approve these qualified nominees for critical positions."

The senator wrote that he hoped the White House would "expeditiously" send the Senate more nominations for the Department of Defense.

Those eight bring President Donald Trump’s administration to a total of 15 Pentagon confirmations, The Hill reported.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/senate-confirmations-department-of-defense-navy/2017/08/02/id/805371/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on August 18, 2017, 01:04:41 PM
Steve Bannon out at the White House
By Alex Pappas
Published August 18, 2017
Fox News

President Trump's controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving the White House, in another major staff shakeup announced at the close of another tumultuous week in Washington.

The White House confirmed in a brief statement that Bannon, a hardcore populist who often sparred with his West Wing colleagues, would make Friday his last day -- just over a year after he joined the Trump presidential campaign.

"White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. "We are grateful for his service and wish him the best."

One White House aide told Fox News the departure was a long time coming, and that Bannon actually submitted his resignation in writing two weeks ago.

Sources say Bannon has become increasingly isolated in the White House. Adding to the pressure, some critics also publicly attacked Bannon in the wake of last weekend's Charlottesville violence, in which a counter-protester was killed at a white nationalist rally. Trump came under intense criticism for his response to that violence, and some blamed Bannon for the tone -- though it's unclear how much influence he had in Trump's remarks.

Bannon formally joined Trump’s team last summer, when the former head of Breitbart News was tapped as chief executive of the campaign. After Trump won the presidential race, Bannon was appointed to a senior adviser role at the same time Reince Priebus was named chief of staff.

The Drudge Report first reported Bannon’s exit, saying he could return to Breitbart.

Earlier this week, Bannon gave a candid interview to a liberal magazine where he slammed some of his adversaries inside the administration.

Speaking to The American Prospect, Bannon contradicted the administration's statements on North Korea. He said despite threats to attack the regime, "There's no military solution [to North Korea's nuclear threats], forget it."

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Thursday rebuffed those remarks.

Bannon has long been a target of mainstream Republican ire – and until now had survived even as top Trump lieutenants like Sean Spicer and Priebus have resigned.

Trump briefly addressed the speculation about Bannon's future during a wide-ranging Q&A with reporters at Trump Tower on Tuesday afternoon.

“I like Mr. Bannon, he’s a friend of mine,” Trump said, while downplaying his impact in the 2016 campaign. “I like him. He’s a good man. He’s not a racist … but we’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon.”

The departure eased criticism of the administration only slightly.

The Democratic National Committee reacted to the news by saying there “is one less white supremacist in the White House, but that doesn't change the man sitting behind the Resolute desk.”
Some conservatives expressed worry in recent days about Bannon’s potential departure.

“Since the first day they joined the Trump campaign there have been two people we conservatives could rely upon to share our ideas and values and take our concerns and issues directly to Donald Trump: Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon,” conservative activist Richard Viguerie wrote to his email list this week.

During his time at the White House, Bannon clashed with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and National Economic Council Chairman Gary Cohn.

On Thursday, longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone wrote a column saying that while he liked Bannon, he thought it was time for him to go.

“I am one who had publicly defended Bannon from false charges of racism and anti-Semitism yet I have concluded he is a spent force, never being willing to spend his political capital to help his friends and in some cases helping empower the very globalists he claims to oppose,” Stone said.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/18/steve-bannon-out-at-white-house.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on August 25, 2017, 05:15:35 PM
Don't like this one bit.  Gorka is great. 

Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration
AUGUST 25, 2017
By Mollie Hemingway

Sebastian Gorka is resigning his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump, multiple sources familiar with the situation have told The Federalist.

In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism expert expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration. “[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

Gorka’s letter expressed unhappiness with the direction the Trump administration’s foreign policy has taken, as signaled by the president’s recent speech on Afghanistan:

“Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week…

“The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost…

“Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.”

During his time in the Trump administration, Gorka focused on issues such as countering the Muslim Brotherhood, the crisis in Qatar, supporting efforts to draft a new long-term national security strategy, and combatting China’s economic warfare. Before coming to the White House, Gorka was the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair at Marine Corps University and also contributed to Breitbart News.

Gorka’s tenure at the White House was marked by unusually vociferous attacks against him and his family by left-leaning media organizations and the Democratic Party. This includes personal attacks against his wife, mother, and son.

A source close to the White House said of his decision, “This was more or less going to be a done deal when Bannon submitted his resignation. Not because he didn’t have a protector, but because there is no point in having your life ruined every day if you’re not going to get much accomplished.” The same source said that what did change after Bannon left was that anti-Bannon factions began erecting bureaucratic road blocks to undermine Gorka internally.

The Forward has written dozens of attack pieces against Gorka, including several attempting to align him with Nazism. Most recently that publication retracted a story about his son’s schoolwork. Gorka strenuously objected to allegations he had ties to Nazi groups in his family’s home country of Hungary, where he had previously been involved in national politics. Even detractors eventually acknowledged the Nazi accusations were unfair smears.

In his letter, Gorka made clear that he believes in the promise of the Trump presidency despite being concerned about its present direction.

“Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices to be heard,” he wrote, adding, “Millions of people believe in, and have chosen, you and your vision of Making America Great Again. They will help eventually rebalance this temporary reality.”

http://thefederalist.com/2017/08/25/breaking-sebastian-gorka-resigns-from-trump-administration/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on August 25, 2017, 06:30:20 PM
Don't like this one bit.  Gorka is great.  

Breaking: Sebastian Gorka Resigns From Trump Administration
AUGUST 25, 2017
By Mollie Hemingway

Sebastian Gorka is resigning his post as Deputy Assistant to President Trump, multiple sources familiar with the situation have told The Federalist.

In a blunt resignation letter, the national security and counterterrorism expert expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of the Trump administration. “[G]iven recent events, it is clear to me that forces that do not support the MAGA promise are – for now – ascendant within the White House,” Gorka wrote. “As a result, the best and most effective way I can support you, Mr. President, is from outside the People’s House.”

Gorka’s letter expressed unhappiness with the direction the Trump administration’s foreign policy has taken, as signaled by the president’s recent speech on Afghanistan:

“Regrettably, outside of yourself, the individuals who most embodied and represented the policies that will ‘Make America Great Again,’ have been internally countered, systematically removed, or undermined in recent months. This was made patently obvious as I read the text of your speech on Afghanistan this week…

“The fact that those who drafted and approved the speech removed any mention of Radical Islam or radical Islamic terrorism proves that a crucial element of your presidential campaign has been lost…

“Just as worrying, when discussing our future actions in the region, the speech listed operational objectives without ever defining the strategic victory conditions we are fighting for. This omission should seriously disturb any national security professional, and any American who is unsatisfied with the last 16 years of disastrous policy decisions which have led to thousands of Americans killed and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent in ways that have not brought security or victory.”

During his time in the Trump administration, Gorka focused on issues such as countering the Muslim Brotherhood, the crisis in Qatar, supporting efforts to draft a new long-term national security strategy, and combatting China’s economic warfare. Before coming to the White House, Gorka was the Major General Matthew C. Horner Chair at Marine Corps University and also contributed to Breitbart News.

Gorka’s tenure at the White House was marked by unusually vociferous attacks against him and his family by left-leaning media organizations and the Democratic Party. This includes personal attacks against his wife, mother, and son.

A source close to the White House said of his decision, “This was more or less going to be a done deal when Bannon submitted his resignation. Not because he didn’t have a protector, but because there is no point in having your life ruined every day if you’re not going to get much accomplished.” The same source said that what did change after Bannon left was that anti-Bannon factions began erecting bureaucratic road blocks to undermine Gorka internally.

The Forward has written dozens of attack pieces against Gorka, including several attempting to align him with Nazism. Most recently that publication retracted a story about his son’s schoolwork. Gorka strenuously objected to allegations he had ties to Nazi groups in his family’s home country of Hungary, where he had previously been involved in national politics. Even detractors eventually acknowledged the Nazi accusations were unfair smears.

In his letter, Gorka made clear that he believes in the promise of the Trump presidency despite being concerned about its present direction.

“Your presidency will prove to be one of the most significant events in modern American politics. November the 8th was the result of decades during which the political and media elites felt that they knew better than the people who elect them into office. They do not, and the MAGA platform allowed their voices to be heard,” he wrote, adding, “Millions of people believe in, and have chosen, you and your vision of Making America Great Again. They will help eventually rebalance this temporary reality.”

http://thefederalist.com/2017/08/25/breaking-sebastian-gorka-resigns-from-trump-administration/
Wow, so basically he got ticked off over Trump's speech? Thought it was good myself. I liked Gorka.

His other points seem to be valid but from that article the focus is on the speech mainly. Pretty dumb. Must be a huge isolationist.

A lot is definitely not getting done unfortunately due to the corrupted system/individuals.

If it was more about the hopelessness of the political situation it is more understandable but you have to have backbone as well unless he feels Trump is really turning over a new leaf and it is utterly pointless


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on August 25, 2017, 07:50:44 PM
Wow, so basically he got ticked off over Trump's speech? Thought it was good myself. I liked Gorka.

His other points seem to be valid but from that article the focus is on the speech mainly. Pretty dumb. Must be a huge isolationist.

A lot is definitely not getting done unfortunately due to the corrupted system/individuals.

If it was more about the hopelessness of the political situation it is more understandable but you have to have backbone as well unless he feels Trump is really turning over a new leaf and it is utterly pointless

I heard it was Kelly who wanted him out. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on August 26, 2017, 04:56:30 AM
I heard it was Kelly who wanted him out. 
That's not good. Gorka was one of the few very vocal defenders/go getters Trump had.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on September 29, 2017, 02:25:00 PM
Another instance of Trump holding someone accountable.  Very different from the last 8 years. 

Price resigns from HHS after facing fire for trave
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His exit comes after POLITICO revealed his extensive use of private jets and military aircraft for government business.
By DAN DIAMOND, RACHANA PRADHAN and ADRIEL BETTELHEIM
09/29/2017

HHS Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday in the face of multiple federal inquiries and growing criticism of his use of private and government planes for travel, at a cost to taxpayers of more than $1 million since May.

The White House said the former seven-term Georgia congressman, 63, offered his resignation earlier in the day and that President Donald Trump had accepted it.

Price becomes the first Trump administration Cabinet secretary to step down. The White House said Trump asked Deputy Assistant Health Secretary Don Wright to serve as acting secretary of the agency, which has an annual budget $1.15 trillion and includes the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as the FDA, NIH and CDC.

As late as Thursday, Price said he believed he had the president’s support. But the tumult surrounding his travel became another distraction for an administration already reeling from the defeat of repeated Senate efforts to repeal Obamacare and facing criticism for its hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

In his resignation letter, Price expressed regret that "recent events" distracted from efforts to overhaul the health care system, reduce regulatory burdens and improve global health. "In order for you to move forward without further disruption, I am officially tendering my resignation as the Secretary of Health and Human Services effective 11:59 PM on Friday," Price wrote.

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Senate Democrats quickly served notice they were preparing for a potential confirmation fight over Price's successor, saying the next HHS secretary must not undermine Obamacare. Under Price, the department cut the law’s enrollment period in half and massively slashed advertising and outreach for the upcoming enrollment period starting in November.

“The mission of the Health and Human Services secretary should be to support Americans’ health care, not take it away,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “The next HHS secretary must follow the law when it comes to the Affordable Care Act instead of trying to sabotage it.”

"Tom Price’s replacement needs to be focused on implementing the law as written by Congress and keeping the president’s promise to bring down the high cost of prescription drugs,” Senate Finance ranking Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon said in a statement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a close ally, praised Price as a dedicated public servant who fought for others. "His vision and hard work were vital to the House’s success passing our health care legislation," Ryan said in a statement.

POLITICO revealed in a series of articles that Price flew at least 26 times on private aircraft at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a sharp break with his predecessors’ practice. Many of Price’s flights were between major cities that offered inexpensive alternatives on commercial airlines, including Nashville, Philadelphia and San Diego.

On some of those trips, Price, an orthopedic surgeon, mixed official business with personal affairs. He took a government-funded private jet in August to get to St. Simons Island, an exclusive Georgia resort where he and his wife own land, a day and a half before he addressed a medical conference he and his wife have long attended. In June, HHS chartered a private jet to fly Price to Nashville, where he owns a condominium and where his son resides. Price toured a medicine dispensary, spoke to a local health summit organized by a friend and had lunch with his son, an HHS official confirmed.

Price also used military aircraft for multi-national trips to Africa, Europe and Asia, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers. The White House said it had approved those trips but not the private jets within the United States.

Price tried to defuse the controversy by promising on Thursday to reimburse the government for the approximately $52,000 cost of his own seat on his domestic trips. But that wasn’t enough to tamp down the scandal, which had infuriated President Donald Trump and prompted a bipartisan inquiry from the House Oversight Committee and separate calls for accountability from lawmakers including Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. The inspector general of Price’s own agency is reviewing if Price complied with federal travel regulations.

The issue of Cabinet members' travel was also extending beyond Price: POLITICO reported Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his aides took several flights on private or military aircraft, including a $12,000 charter plane to take him to events in his hometown in Montana and private flights in the Caribbean. Zinke dismissed the furor as a “little B.S.” during a Friday appearance at the Heritage Foundation.

Price’s wife, Betty, accompanied him on the military flights, while other members of the secretary’s delegation flew commercially to Europe.

HHS spokeswoman Charmaine Yoest said Price reimbursed the agency for his wife’s travel, but declined to elaborate.

White House officials have groused about Price’s frequent travels, with one senior White House official saying the HHS secretary was “nowhere to be found” as they mounted a last-ditch unsuccessful push to repeal Obamacare.

Congressional Democrats attacked Price for advocating spending cuts to the health agencies he oversaw and health care programs while spending taxpayer dollars on private jets. “There could not be a clearer statement of the Trump administration’s priorities,” Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) said. Key Democrats overseeing health issues in Congress had formally requested that HHS's inspector general review Price's travel practices.

In June, Price defended a proposed fiscal 2018 budget for HHS that included a $663,000 cut to the agency’s $4.9 million annual spending on travel, or roughly 15 percent. “The budgeting process is an exercise in reforming our federal programs to make sure they actually work — so they do their job and use tax dollars wisely,” Price told the Senate Finance Committee on June 8.

Ethical questions dogged Price even before questions about his travel arose. During his Senate confirmation hearing to helm HHS, Price faced pointed questions about his personal investments in health care companies during his time in Congress. Democrats called on government ethics officials to investigate Price’s health care stock trades, following reports that he got a sweetheart deal from a biotech company and invested in Zimmer Biomet, a medical device-maker, just days before writing legislation that would have eased regulations on the sector.

The Senate confirmed Price by a 52-47 margin in February after he maintained full Republican support.

Price carved out a reputation as a staunch fiscal conservative during his decade-plus tenure in the House of Representatives. He generally supported reducing government spending on health care while shifting more of the financial burden onto individuals. Like most conservatives, he's supported privatizing Medicare so that seniors would receive fixed dollar amounts to buy coverage and limiting federal Medicaid spending to give states a lump sum, or block grant, and more control over how they could use it.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/29/price-has-resigned-as-health-and-human-services-secretary-243315


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on October 11, 2017, 03:16:06 PM
Trump To Nominate Former DHS Official To Secretary Position
ALEX PFEIFFER
White House Correspondent
10/11/2017

President Trump intends to nominate his current deputy chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen to serve as secretary of Homeland Security, the White House announced Wednesday.

The DHS secretary position has been filled by acting secretary Elaine Duke ever since John Kelly left the post on July 31. Nielsen has experience working for the DHS. She served as senior legislative policy director for the Transportation and Security Administration under President George W. Bush and also served on his White House Homeland Security Council.

Before joining Kelly in the White House, she was his chief of staff at the DHS.

“Nielsen has extensive professional experience in the areas of homeland security policy and strategy, cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, and emergency management,” the White House said in a statement.

The Washington Post reported that “other contenders for the Cabinet post included Tom Bossert, Trump’s homeland security adviser, and Kevin McAleenan, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

DHS has been an important agency in the Trump administration as it has overseen a crackdown on illegal immigration.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/11/trump-to-nominate-former-dhs-official-to-secretary-position/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on November 30, 2017, 04:02:25 PM
Rex Tillerson expected to step down in January, plans discussed for Pompeo to take place
Brooke Singman By Brooke Singman   | Fox News

Another potential shakeup in the Trump administration; chief White House correspondent John Roberts reports.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to leave the Trump administration in January, sources tell Fox News, amid discussion of potentially tapping CIA Director Mike Pompeo as a replacement.

The discussions come amid reports of growing tension between President Trump and the nation’s top diplomat.

Fox News is told the most likely succession plan would involve moving Pompeo to the State Department and nominating Arkansas GOP Sen. Tom Cotton to lead the CIA.

The New York Timesalso reported that the White House has developed such a plan.

Asked for comment, Cotton’s communications director, Caroline Tabler, told Fox News on Thursday that the senator’s “focus is on serving Arkansans in the Senate.”

Another potential, albeit less-likely, scenario would move U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to the State Department. Despite talk of National Security Council official Dina Powell potentially transitioning to Haley's post, Fox News has learned Powell will not be heading to the U.N.

However, the Trump administration publicly pushed back Thursday when asked about a possible Tillerson exit.

“As we’ve said many times before, as many of you love to write these types of stories, when the president loses confidence in someone, they will not serve in the capacity that they’re in,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at the press briefing Thursday. “When the president loses confidence in somebody, they will no longer be here.”

Sanders pointed to the president’s on-the-record comments in the Oval Office Thursday during his meeting with Crown Prince of Bahrain Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa. Trump was asked by reporters whether Tillerson would leave his post.

“He’s here,” Trump said. “Rex is here.”

When asked to comment on the reports, Cotton told Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" that he was "proud to be representing the people of Arkansas in the Senate."

When host Bret Baier asked Cotton if he would like to be CIA director, the senator repeated, "I'm very proud to be representing the people of Arkansas."

The secretary of state also was slated for multiple meetings at the White House Thursday, which he attended as planned.

State Department Press Secretary Heather Nauert also fielded questions about Tillerson’s future, and cited assurances from the White House.

“He remains the secretary of state and as long as he serves at the pleasure of the president, he will continue to do that job,” Nauert said. "He’s heard these kinds of stories before, and he’s just going about his business.”

Nauert told reporters that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly called Tillerson early Thursday when reports first broke, to assure him the “rumors are not true.”

“We have no comment,” a CIA spokesperson told Fox News on Thursday, when asked about the discussions.

Tillerson's exit has been long rumored. Just last month, NBC News reported that Tillerson considered resigning over the summer amid disagreements with the White House, and even reportedly called the president a “moron” after a meeting with Cabinet officials.

Tillerson pushed back on the report, insisting there had “never been a consideration in my mind” to resign.

Tillerson also raised eyebrows in August, following the president’s response to the attacks in Charlottesville, Va. In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” in August, host Chris Wallace pointedly asked Tillerson about the president’s values.

“The president speaks for himself, Chris,” Tillerson curtly replied.

The State Department did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on Thursday.

Trump, on the other hand, has largely been mum on his relationship with the former Exxon CEO and his performance as secretary of state -- while seemingly applying social media pressure on the diplomat to be tougher on the international stage.

Trump tweeted last month that Tillerson was “wasting his time” with the diplomatic campaign to push North Korea toward denuclearization.

TILLERSON BLASTS REPORT OF RIFT WITH TRUMP, AS PRESIDENT RIPS 'FAKE NEWS'

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump tweeted. “Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

Pompeo is seemingly more in line with Trump on North Korea. In August, the CIA director praised Trump for his tough rhetoric toward the rogue regime and for “uniting the world” in trying to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

“The president made clear to the North Korea regime how America will respond if actions are taken,” Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday” in August.

Politico reported over the summer that Pompeo spent a considerable amount of time at the White House, even setting up a temporary office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building across the street. The report suggested Pompeo made “almost-daily” White House appearances.

Fox News’ John Roberts and Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/11/30/rex-tillerson-expected-to-step-down-in-january-plans-discussed-for-pompeo-to-take-place.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on December 01, 2017, 04:54:15 PM
Trump: Reports of Rex Tillerson Leaving Are ‘FAKE NEWS!’
by JOHN HAYWARD
1 Dec 2017

President Trump dismissed rumors of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s imminent departure on Friday afternoon, declaring them “FAKE NEWS!” (caps in the original.)
 
Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be leaving soon - FAKE NEWS! He’s not leaving and while we disagree on certain subjects, (I call the final shots) we work well together and America is highly respected again!https://instagram.com/p/BcLCXDYgQed/
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The Instagram link in the president’s tweet says the same thing, except with a picture of Secretary of State Tillerson taking his oath of office:


Trump was responding to a New York Times report that claimed White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has prepared an elaborate plan for Tillerson’s departure, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo replacing Tillerson at State, and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) taking over as CIA Director. The Times then set about attacking Cotton as unqualified for the CIA job.

Bloomberg View columnist Eli Lake said on Friday morning that Tillerson’s job might be in jeopardy because he has not filled enough of the open positions at the State Department, leaving too much in the hands of career bureaucrats and foreign service officers who “we already know are very much at odds with whatever you could say you think Trump’s agenda is at this point, which is quite mercurial, as we know.”

“These rumors about Tillerson leaving early and Pompeo leaving CIA to come in, to take over the State Department, have been flying around Washington since the summer,” Lake observed. He said he nevertheless trusted the New York Times’ reporting on the existence of a plan to replace Tillerson, but speculated it might be just a means for Trump to send a message to Tillerson and his staff, rather than a serious action plan to sack him.

Secretary of State Tillerson himself called the report of his imminent departure “laughable” on Friday, even as the New York Times insisted its report about the plan to fire him is solid and speculated the plan might have been leaked by “senior administration officials” frustrated by Tillerson’s refusal to resign.

Other reports holding that Tillerson’s press aide R.C. Hammond will soon leave his post were mocked by Hammond, who told reporters in an email, “You are not so lucky. You still get to work with me.”

CNN speculates that Tillerson’s relationship with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has “soured in recent months” following a report that Tillerson referred to President Trump as a “moron” over the summer. As a retired Marine general, Kelly is said to view Tillerson’s comment as insubordination.

“Kelly, once Tillerson’s fiercest defender in the West Wing, has stopped defending him privately, leaving him more isolated from the West Wing than ever before, according to a top White House official,” CNN relates. However, the State Department says Kelly made a strong statement of support for Tillerson on Thursday afternoon.

“Chief of staff Kelly called our department this morning and said the rumors are not true. He remains the secretary of state. As long as he is serving at the pleasure of the President he will continue to do that job,” said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/12/01/trump-reports-rex-tillerson-leaving-fake-news/


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 13, 2018, 08:56:07 AM
Gina Haspel nominated as CIA's first female director: 5 things to know about the career spymaster
By Jennifer Earl   | Fox News

President Trump’s pick to head the CIA is a seasoned spymaster who has avoided the limelight during a 32-year career that has included stints running overseas “black sites” where dangerous terrorists were waterboarded.

Gina Haspel, 61, must be confirmed by the Senate before she takes command of the spy agency from Mike Pompeo, who Trump nominated as Secretary of State after firing Rex Tillerson.
 
Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!

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While she has won praise from Washington insiders – including Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden, she will likely face questions on the Hill about her connection to sites where waterboarding took place. The controversial practice, which simulates drowning, has been likened to torture but used to extract valuable information from hardened terrorists.

Haspel previously served as Pompeo’s deputy. In stepping in as the CIA's new chief, she becomes the agency's first-ever female director.

“I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency,” Haspel said in a statement.

Here are 5 things to know about Trump's pick for CIA director.

She has been with the CIA for more than 30 years
Haspel joined the CIA in 1985. She is a career spymaster with "extensive overseas experience," serving as station chief -- a government official in charge of a post in a foreign country -- during most of her assignments, the CIA wrote in post online.

After decades of service, Haspel was sworn in as the CIA's deputy director on Feb. 7, 2017, becoming the first woman to hold the position.

"In this position, she assists the D/CIA in managing intelligence collection, analysis, covert action, counterintelligence, and liaison relationships with foreign services," the CIA explained.

She ran the CIA's first overseas detention site
Haspel reportedly ran the CIA's first overseas detention site in Thailand, where imprisoned militants were repeatedly waterboarded and endured various other forms of torture, The New York Times reported in February 2017.

Like Pompeo, Trump says torture works and pledged his support for CIA-run "black site" prisons outside the U.S.

"We’re worried about waterboarding as our enemy, ISIS, is beheading people and burning people alive. Time for us to wake up," Trump tweeted in February 2015.

Haspel briefly ran a secret CIA prison where accused terrorists Abu Zubayadah and Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri were waterboarded in 2002, according to former U.S. intelligence officials.

"Zubayadah alone was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, had his head repeatedly slammed into walls and endured other harsh methods before interrogators decided he had no useful information to provide," The Times reported.

She also helped carry out an order that the CIA destroy its waterboarding videos. That order prompted a lengthy Justice Department investigation that ended without charges.

She is well respected by former intelligence officials
Veteran intelligence officials praised Trump's decision to name Haspel deputy director in February 2017, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

“It speaks well of him for picking a seasoned veteran of the agency who is widely and deeply respected by the workforce as well as those outside the agency,” Clapper said at the time. “She has also been a strong proponent for integration, not only within CIA, but across the intelligence community.”

Michael Morell, who served as CIA acting director twice, called Haspel "widely respected," boasting that "she gets things done." He said he worked closely with Haspel for nearly seven years -- until his retirement from the agency in 2013.

"She provides advice based on facts and analysis of facts ... She is calm under fire. She appreciates the work of all CIA officers – analysts, scientists, and support specialists, as much as she appreciates operations officers," Morell said in an online statement.

Michael Hayden, former CIA director, also called Haspel a "wonderful choice."

"I am sure that she will be for Director Pompeo what Steve Kappes was for me --- a trusted friend, lieutenant and guide to the sometimes opaque corridors of American espionage," Hayden said.

She has held several top positions in Washington
In Washington, Haspel has held several top senior leadership positions, including deputy director of the National Clandestine Service and deputy director of the National Clandestine Service for Foreign Intelligence and Covert Action.

She has won a handful of prestigious awards
Haspel has received several prestigious awards, including the George H. W. Bush Award for excellence in counterterrorism, the Donovan Award, the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal and the Presidential Rank Award, which recognizes individuals for "exceptional performance over an extended period of time," according to the CIA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/13/gina-haspel-named-1st-female-cia-director-5-things-to-know-about-career-spymaster.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Fuzzy Nuts on March 13, 2018, 12:02:30 PM
Come on dude. You wouldn't have changed your handle otherwise. Nor would you have left previously. Obviously you do care.
Sounds like a dirty little trump sucker has a shady past on here?


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 23, 2018, 11:10:34 AM
I like this guy.  A little to hawkish, but very smart and tough.  Great addition. 

John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as White House national security adviser, Trump says
Brooke Singman By Brooke Singman   | Fox News

President Trump thanks H.R. McMaster for his service, McMaster to retire from the U.S. Army effective this summer; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Stars.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that former United Nations Amb. John Bolton will replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser effective April 9 -- the latest in a growing list of White House staff shakeups over the past year.

“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9,” Trump tweeted.

The president’s announcement came after months of speculation over whether McMaster would resign or be fired.
 
Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.

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Bolton told Fox News' “The Story” Thursday evening, “I didn't really expect that announcement this afternoon, but it's obviously a great honor. It's always an honor to serve our country and I think particularly in these times internationally, it's a particular honor.”

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John Bolton

@AmbJohnBolton
My official statement on accepting @POTUS' request to become the next National Security Advisor.

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But on Thursday evening, a White House official said that the president and McMaster “mutually agreed” that he would resign. The two have been discussing this for some time, the official said, noting that the timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have a new team in place, instead of constant speculation.

Trump tweeted that John Bolton will be the new national security adviser; the former ambassador shares his reaction to his new job on 'The Story with Martha MacCallum.'
A White House official said the decision was not related to any one moment or incident, but rather the result of ongoing conversations between the two.

The official told Fox News that the move has been contemplated for some time, and was just about the “worst-kept secret” in Washington.

The president took his time to find a replacement for McMaster because he wanted the “right person.”

While Trump spoke to Bolton many times about the job, the deal was cemented in an Oval Office meeting between the two Thursday afternoon.

National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin and chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge on President Trump tapping the Fox News contributor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser.
Bolton told Fox News' Martha MacCallum that the process of his hiring “came to a conclusion this afternoon, but ... there's still a transition. I look forward to working with H.R. and his team and the other senior members of the president's team on national security and I have no doubt there's a lot of work to do.”

Bolton has previously served as a Fox News contributor, as well as in the Republican administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and served as a Bush lawyer during the 2000 Florida recount.

A strong supporter of the Iraq war and an advocate for aggressive use of American power in foreign policy, Bolton was unable to win Senate confirmation after his nomination to the U.N. post alienated many Democrats and even some Republicans. He resigned after serving 17 months as a Bush “recess appointment,” which allowed him to hold the job on a temporary basis without Senate confirmation. The position of White House national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized Bolton's appointment.

“Mr. Bolton’s tendency to try to solve every geopolitical problem with the American military first is a troubling one,” Schumer said. “I hope he will temper his instinct to commit the men and women of our armed forces to conflicts around the globe, when we need to be focused on building the middle class here at home.”

Bernie Sanders

@SenSanders
John Bolton was part of the effort to mislead the US into the disastrous Iraq war and has supported military action against North Korea and Iran. He was too extreme to be confirmed as UN ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor now.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted that Bolton “was too extreme to be confirmed as UN ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor now.”

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was “deeply concerned” by Bolton's positions and said he hoped Bolton would “moderate his positions and work closely with our military, diplomatic, intelligence, and development professionals before rushing into armed conflict.”

Nikki Haley

@nikkihaley
Thank you to Lieutenant General HR McMaster for your service and loyalty to our country. Your selfless courage and leadership has inspired all of us. Most of all, thank you for your friendship. 🇺🇸

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In a statement, McMaster said he was “thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security adviser. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests.”

McMaster said he was “especially proud” to have served with National Security Council staff, who he said “established a strong foundation for protecting the American people, promoting American prosperity, achieving peace through strength, and advancing American influence.

“I know that these patriots will continue to serve our President and our nation with distinction,” McMaster said.

White House chief of staff John Kelly said McMaster is “a fine American and Military officer.”

“He has served with distinction and honor throughout his career in the U.S. Army and as the National Security Advisor,” Kelly said Thursday. “He brought and maintained discipline and energy to our vital interagency processes. He helped develop options for the president and ensured that those options were presented fully and fairly. A true solider-scholar, his impact on his country and this government will be felt for years to come.”

Bolton, who served as U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 and as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security from 2001 to 2005, will take over for McMaster next month.

“Thank you to Lieutenant General HR McMaster for your service and loyalty to our country. Your selfless courage and leadership has inspired all of us. Most of all, thank you for your friendship,” current U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley tweeted.

A White House official said Bolton is one of the strongest voices and experts on the full range of national security issues and challenges facing the U.S.

McMaster’s retirement comes just one week after the president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Twitter, and after other high-profile administration departures. Earlier this month, Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn resigned amid disagreements over a round of steel and aluminum tariffs, which Trump supported.

McMaster was brought in after Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was dismissed after less than a month in office. White House officials said he was ousted because he did not tell top advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the full extent of his contacts with Russian officials.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/23/john-bolton-to-replace-h-r-mcmaster-as-white-house-national-security-adviser-trump-says.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on March 23, 2018, 01:27:08 PM
I like this guy.  A little to hawkish, but very smart and tough.  Great addition. 

Me too. Great pick. Trump is doing well with his international team, imo. Finally has a group that seems to be on the same page in relation to the Iran deal, etc.

He is going to be called a neocon, etc. but he isn't. That phrase is tossed around way too much now for basically anyone who isn't completely of the mindset of walling yourself completely off as a country. Shapiro had a good podcast today that went over direct quotes, interviews, etc. of his various thoughts on different aspects. Solid guy it seems.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on March 23, 2018, 04:56:39 PM
I like this guy.  A little to hawkish, but very smart and tough.  Great addition. 

John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as White House national security adviser, Trump says
Brooke Singman By Brooke Singman   | Fox News

President Trump thanks H.R. McMaster for his service, McMaster to retire from the U.S. Army effective this summer; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Stars.

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that former United Nations Amb. John Bolton will replace Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser effective April 9 -- the latest in a growing list of White House staff shakeups over the past year.

“I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9,” Trump tweeted.

The president’s announcement came after months of speculation over whether McMaster would resign or be fired.
 
Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.

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Bolton told Fox News' “The Story” Thursday evening, “I didn't really expect that announcement this afternoon, but it's obviously a great honor. It's always an honor to serve our country and I think particularly in these times internationally, it's a particular honor.”

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John Bolton

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My official statement on accepting @POTUS' request to become the next National Security Advisor.

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But on Thursday evening, a White House official said that the president and McMaster “mutually agreed” that he would resign. The two have been discussing this for some time, the official said, noting that the timeline was expedited as they both felt it was important to have a new team in place, instead of constant speculation.

Trump tweeted that John Bolton will be the new national security adviser; the former ambassador shares his reaction to his new job on 'The Story with Martha MacCallum.'
A White House official said the decision was not related to any one moment or incident, but rather the result of ongoing conversations between the two.

The official told Fox News that the move has been contemplated for some time, and was just about the “worst-kept secret” in Washington.

The president took his time to find a replacement for McMaster because he wanted the “right person.”

While Trump spoke to Bolton many times about the job, the deal was cemented in an Oval Office meeting between the two Thursday afternoon.

National security correspondent Jennifer Griffin and chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge on President Trump tapping the Fox News contributor and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser.
Bolton told Fox News' Martha MacCallum that the process of his hiring “came to a conclusion this afternoon, but ... there's still a transition. I look forward to working with H.R. and his team and the other senior members of the president's team on national security and I have no doubt there's a lot of work to do.”

Bolton has previously served as a Fox News contributor, as well as in the Republican administrations of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and served as a Bush lawyer during the 2000 Florida recount.

A strong supporter of the Iraq war and an advocate for aggressive use of American power in foreign policy, Bolton was unable to win Senate confirmation after his nomination to the U.N. post alienated many Democrats and even some Republicans. He resigned after serving 17 months as a Bush “recess appointment,” which allowed him to hold the job on a temporary basis without Senate confirmation. The position of White House national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., criticized Bolton's appointment.

“Mr. Bolton’s tendency to try to solve every geopolitical problem with the American military first is a troubling one,” Schumer said. “I hope he will temper his instinct to commit the men and women of our armed forces to conflicts around the globe, when we need to be focused on building the middle class here at home.”

Bernie Sanders

@SenSanders
John Bolton was part of the effort to mislead the US into the disastrous Iraq war and has supported military action against North Korea and Iran. He was too extreme to be confirmed as UN ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor now.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted that Bolton “was too extreme to be confirmed as UN ambassador in 2005 and is absolutely the wrong person to be national security advisor now.”

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he was “deeply concerned” by Bolton's positions and said he hoped Bolton would “moderate his positions and work closely with our military, diplomatic, intelligence, and development professionals before rushing into armed conflict.”

Nikki Haley

@nikkihaley
Thank you to Lieutenant General HR McMaster for your service and loyalty to our country. Your selfless courage and leadership has inspired all of us. Most of all, thank you for your friendship. 🇺🇸

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In a statement, McMaster said he was “thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security adviser. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests.”

McMaster said he was “especially proud” to have served with National Security Council staff, who he said “established a strong foundation for protecting the American people, promoting American prosperity, achieving peace through strength, and advancing American influence.

“I know that these patriots will continue to serve our President and our nation with distinction,” McMaster said.

White House chief of staff John Kelly said McMaster is “a fine American and Military officer.”

“He has served with distinction and honor throughout his career in the U.S. Army and as the National Security Advisor,” Kelly said Thursday. “He brought and maintained discipline and energy to our vital interagency processes. He helped develop options for the president and ensured that those options were presented fully and fairly. A true solider-scholar, his impact on his country and this government will be felt for years to come.”

Bolton, who served as U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 and as undersecretary of state for arms control and international security from 2001 to 2005, will take over for McMaster next month.

“Thank you to Lieutenant General HR McMaster for your service and loyalty to our country. Your selfless courage and leadership has inspired all of us. Most of all, thank you for your friendship,” current U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley tweeted.

A White House official said Bolton is one of the strongest voices and experts on the full range of national security issues and challenges facing the U.S.

McMaster’s retirement comes just one week after the president fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Twitter, and after other high-profile administration departures. Earlier this month, Chief Economic Adviser Gary Cohn resigned amid disagreements over a round of steel and aluminum tariffs, which Trump supported.

McMaster was brought in after Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was dismissed after less than a month in office. White House officials said he was ousted because he did not tell top advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, about the full extent of his contacts with Russian officials.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/03/23/john-bolton-to-replace-h-r-mcmaster-as-white-house-national-security-adviser-trump-says.html

Trump goes through cabinet members like a white trash single mom in a trailer park goes through boyfriends. I'm not even going to try and remember Boltons name.. he won't be around long enough to matter


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 26, 2018, 05:39:49 AM
Trump goes through cabinet members like a white trash single mom in a trailer park goes through boyfriends. I'm not even going to try and remember Boltons name.. he won't be around long enough to matter

Hard hitting analysis right there. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on March 26, 2018, 10:26:40 AM
Hard hitting analysis right there. 

call em like I see em


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 26, 2018, 10:30:58 AM
call em like I see em

Only if it's anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-religious, etc. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on March 26, 2018, 10:35:03 AM
Only if it's anti-Trump, anti-conservative, anti-religious, etc. 

Glad you brought that up. Over the last few months I've noticed that no matter what asinine thing one of the Getbig Trumpsters post, not a single Trumpster calls them out on it or disagrees with them. Can't say the same for me. I have disagreed more than once with an anti trumpster here when the post didn't seem to match reality or the facts. So tell me again how I only call em if they are anti trump etc?  :)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 26, 2018, 11:03:46 AM
Glad you brought that up. Over the last few months I've noticed that no matter what asinine thing one of the Getbig Trumpsters post, not a single Trumpster calls them out on it or disagrees with them. Can't say the same for me. I have disagreed more than once with an anti trumpster here when the post didn't seem to match reality or the facts. So tell me again how I only call em if they are anti trump etc?  :)

I don't know what you mean by "Trumpster" or precisely who you are talking about.  I have seen conservatives disagree with Trump on the board, including Coach recently criticizing the budget bill. 

But you and the other liberals?  Please.  You folks froth at mouth over every single possible negative thing involving Trump.  It's an obsession.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on March 26, 2018, 11:29:21 AM
Did anyone watch the Stormy Daniels interview last night?  She's such a joke. Stormy, "Donald told me I was very smart." Maybe that explains why she found it important enough to repeat several times. Me, I'm not convinced.  ::)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: mazrim on March 26, 2018, 12:57:36 PM
I don't know what you mean by "Trumpster" or precisely who you are talking about.  I have seen conservatives disagree with Trump on the board, including Coach recently criticizing the budget bill. 

But you and the other liberals?  Please.  You folks froth at mouth over every single possible negative thing involving Trump.  It's an obsession.
They love it when we do have disagreements/object to what he does and get very excited over it like it validates them somehow . The funny thing is (like with this bill) things they normally would love/have no objection to if it was a democrat, etc. (huge superfluous spending) they still have meltdowns about it when they should be happy. Confusing.

They don't understand objectivity nor are able to understand that you can disagree strongly with someone in an area yet still agree on other aspects. TuHolmes seemed to be the only somewhat objective/open to other thoughts left leaning poster that I can remember on here though he and coach used to go at it quite a bit.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 26, 2018, 01:15:54 PM
They love it when we do have disagreements/object to what he does and get very excited over it like it validates them somehow . The funny thing is (like with this bill) things they normally would love/have no objection to if it was a democrat, etc. (huge superfluous spending) they still have meltdowns about it when they should be happy. Confusing.

They don't understand objectivity nor are able to understand that you can disagree strongly with someone in an area yet still agree on other aspects. TuHolmes seemed to be the only somewhat objective/open to other thoughts left leaning poster that I can remember on here though he and coach used to go at it quite a bit.

Agree.  And you are right that Tu Holmes is objective.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on March 26, 2018, 01:49:42 PM
I don't know what you mean by "Trumpster" or precisely who you are talking about.  I have seen conservatives disagree with Trump on the board, including Coach recently criticizing the budget bill. 

But you and the other liberals?  Please.  You folks froth at mouth over every single possible negative thing involving Trump.  It's an obsession.

I'll rephrase it. For months.. there is zero time you or any of the "conservative" Trump fans have ever called a fellow Trump supporter out on this board when they posted something that even a trumpster should know is BS. on the other hand, I have pointed out on more than one occasion when an anti trumper has posted something that was likely not backed up by facts. And yes, Coach was recently pissed at Trumps signing of a bill. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm saying you and your cronies will sit silently by and not say anything when one of your ilk posts nonsense. You might even secretly disagree with it, but you don't seem to have the nuts to publicly point out they are wrong because they are on your side of the aisle.     


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on March 26, 2018, 01:50:43 PM
Did anyone watch the Stormy Daniels interview last night?  She's such a joke. Stormy, "Donald told me I was very smart." Maybe that explains why she found it important enough to repeat several times. Me, I'm not convinced.  ::)

so, if someone repeats many times they are smart, or a genius, they probably arent? I can see that..


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 26, 2018, 02:04:30 PM
I'll rephrase it. For months.. there is zero time you or any of the "conservative" Trump fans have ever called a fellow Trump supporter out on this board when they posted something that even a trumpster should know is BS. on the other hand, I have pointed out on more than one occasion when an anti trumper has posted something that was likely not backed up by facts. And yes, Coach was recently pissed at Trumps signing of a bill. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm saying you and your cronies will sit silently by and not say anything when one of your ilk posts nonsense. You might even secretly disagree with it, but you don't seem to have the nuts to publicly point out they are wrong because they are on your side of the aisle.     

Your qualification is still wrong and makes no sense.  Who said I have to follow anyone around pointing out things that I don't like?  When did that become the standard for anything? 

In any event, don't try and act like you aren't suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.  You are. 


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on March 26, 2018, 02:07:23 PM
Your qualification is still wrong and makes no sense.  Who said I have to follow anyone around pointing out things that I don't like?  When did that become the standard for anything? 

In any event, don't try and act like you aren't suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome.  You are. 

I think it speaks to integrity. You will not speak up when someone obviously says something stupid as long as they have a history of supporting you on the board from the conservative side. It tends to mean you are more concerned with winning an argument than what the truth is. But you aren't alone, it's quite common.


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Soul Crusher on March 26, 2018, 04:22:30 PM
so, if someone repeats many times they are smart, or a genius, they probably arent? I can see that..
:D

I see what you did there !    :D


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on March 26, 2018, 05:10:06 PM
:D

I see what you did there !    :D

 :)


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on March 26, 2018, 05:38:34 PM
I think it speaks to integrity. You will not speak up when someone obviously says something stupid as long as they have a history of supporting you on the board from the conservative side. It tends to mean you are more concerned with winning an argument than what the truth is. But you aren't alone, it's quite common.

What the heck ever.  Absolutely false.  Stop making stuff up.  

And LOL at integrity.  Take the beam out of your eye.  lol   


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Dos Equis on April 26, 2018, 12:53:09 PM
Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state; Senate OKs Germany ambassador
Alex Pappas By Alex Pappas   | Fox News

Republican Senator John Barrasso on the Senate's 57-42 vote and impact on President Trump's foreign policy.

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm CIA chief Mike Pompeo as President Trump’s next secretary of state, ending a contentious nomination battle.

Pompeo was confirmed on a 57-42 vote.

All Republicans present voted to confirm Pompeo. Seven senators who caucus with the Democrats voted yes, including several in tight re-election contests, like North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly.

After the vote, Pompeo was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, a State Department spokesman said.

. . .

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/04/26/mike-pompeo-confirmed-as-secretary-state.html


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Primemuscle on April 26, 2018, 06:01:06 PM
so, if someone repeats many times they are smart, or a genius, they probably arent? I can see that..

Modesty compliments the person who possesses it.

Jane Mansfield reportedly had an IQ of 149. This was before she lost her head (bad joke)!


Title: Re: Trump's Cabinet
Post by: Agnostic007 on April 26, 2018, 07:01:39 PM
Modesty compliments the person who possesses it.

Jane Mansfield reportedly had an IQ of 149. This was before she lost her head (bad joke)!

 >:(