Trump Watch 2nd December: Stein Calls for recount, Trump fills his Cabinet.

Every week we look at the goings on in the world of the now President Elect Donald Trump.

Cabinet (so far)

Every president appoints 15 people to cabinet positions, these senior officers of the administrative branch of the American Government oversee and will shape the country for the next 4 years. Many positions are yet to be filled but here’s who we have so far. These Nominees must be confirmed by the Senate.

 

Secretary of the Treasury – Steven Mnuchin.

 

Concerned primarily with financial and monetary matters of the state, analogous to the minister of finance in New Zealand or Grand Exchequer in the United Kingdom. The Secretary of the Treasury is the principal economic advisor to the President and plays a critical role in policy-making by bringing an economic and government financial policy perspective to issues facing the government. The Secretary is responsible for formulating and recommending domestic and international financial, economic, and tax policy, participating in the formulation of broad fiscal policies that have general significance for the economy, and managing the public debt. Mnuchin is the third Goldman Sachs alumnus in a row to get the post.

Mnuchin is a Banker, Film Producer and former partner and Goldman Sachs, he is worth an estimated $40 Million, he served as the finance chair of Trumps Presidential Campaign.

 

Attorney General – Jeff Sessions.

 

The Attorney General is the head of the American department of justice, the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer for the Unites States. The Current Attorney General is Loretta Lynch, confirmed in 2015. This position is of importance, if trump is to peruse promised legal action against Hillary Clinton he will need the Attorney General to appoint a special persecutor.

Sessions was the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1981-1993, the 44th Attorney General of Alabama from 1995-1997 and a Capitan in the United States Army, serving from 1973 – 1977. He was an early supporter of the Trump campaign and was even considered to be Trump’s Vice Presidential pick. He supported the Bush Administration’s 2001 and 2003 tax cut packages, the Iraq war and proposed a national amendment to ban same-sex marriage. He is a very controversial pick his racism accusations denied him a federal judgeship (by a republican senate) in the 1980s.

 

Secretary of Commerce – Wilbur Ross.

 

The Secretary of Commerce is responsible for the success and promotion of American businesses and industries, according the department states that its mission is “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce”.

Ross is famous for restructuring failed companies in the Coal and Telecommunications industries, with a net worth of $2.9 Billion. He has served under President Bill Clinton and Rudy Giuliani as a member of the board of U.S. – Russia investment fund and privatization adviser respectively. Ross had been a registered democrat in his earlier years he was also an early supporter of Trump.

 

Secretary of Health and Human Services – Tom Price.

 

Formerly named the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, the Secretary is concerned primarily with the health matters. After the Affordable care act (which is often referred to as Obamacare) was passed, the role was greatly expanded. The Secretary will likely help Trump shape the future the Affordable Care Act, which Trump promised to repeal.

Price is the chair of the House Budget Committee and the member of the house from Georgia’s 6th district, and previously A member of the Georgia Senate from the 56th district from 1997-2005 when he moved to his current position. Price is a member of the controversial Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a politically conservative non-profit association founded in 1943 to “fight socialised medicine and to fight the government takeover of medicine.” He ran an orthopaedic clinic in Atlanta for 20 years before returning to Emory as assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery. Price also was the director of the orthopaedic clinic at Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital.

 

Secretary of Transportation – Elaine Chao

 

The Secretary of Transportation is charged with the development and coordination of an effect and economical national transportation system. The secretary oversees agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration and the Federal Highway Administration

Chao was the United States Secretary of Labor from 2001-2009 serving under George W. Bush, Director of the Peace Corps from 1991-1992 and Deputy Secretary of Transportation from 1989-1991 under George H. W. Bush. she was the first Asian American woman and the first Taiwanese American in U.S. history to be appointed to a U.S. president’s cabinet. She is also Married to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

 

Secretary of Education – Betsy DeVos

 

The Secretary of Education deals with the federal influence over the American Education system, such duties include the accreditation of institutions of higher education, with much of the Education legislature determined at the state level.

DeVos is another billionaire joining the Trump cabinet, DeVos is chairwoman of the Windquest Group, a privately held operating group that invests in technology, manufacturing, and clean energy. DeVos and her husband founded it in 1989. She was the chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 2003-2005. DeVos has been praised by conservatives such as Jeb Bush, who described her as an “Outstanding pick”.

 

Positions yet to be filled

 

Secretary of State

Secretary of Defence

Secretary of the Interior

Secretary of Agriculture

Sectary of Labor

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Secretary of Homeland Security

 

Keep Updated on Trump-Watch every week as Trump continues to fill these positions

 

Swing State Recounts

 

Green Party Candidate Jill Stein has filed for a recount in several crucial Swing States. In her request for a hand re-count in the State of Michigan (Which went to Donald Trump), she stated “I and the undersigned members of my slate of electors are aggrieved on account of fraud or mistake in the canvass of the votes by the inspectors of election, and/or the returns made by the inspectors and/or by the Board of County Canvassers and/or by the Board of State Canvassers,” “I request that all of the precincts and absent voter counting board precincts within the state of Michigan be recounted by hand count.” She has also filed for recounts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin (Which were also won by Trump). This follows various allegations of hacking and tampering. Stein has raised more the $6 Million U.S Dollars to pay for the recount.

Although even many democrats have conceded that it is unlikely that the recount will have any meaningful impact on the states, in theory, if all three states were to turn to Clinton she would have 278 Electoral college votes, 7 more than she needs to claim the Presidency.  The Median change following recounts is only about 219 votes, which is well below Trump’s lead in all three states. He leads in Wisconsin by 27,257 votes, in Pennsylvania by 68,236 and in Michigan by 11,612. If there is to be some change it will possibly be among the most significant events in U.S. political history.

Although Clinton herself has remained silent on the issue, her most senior campaign attorney, Marc Elias said that the campaign would participate in the recounts “to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides”.

Trump has come out swinging against the Clinton Campaign’s involvement in the recount. He attacked the Clinton camp for joining the efforts saying “Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in,” he said. “Nothing will change.” Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former Campaign manager, accused the Clinton Camp of being “a bunch of cry-babies and sore losers about an election that they can’t turn around”. Trump rounded off his responses with a claim that he had in fact one not only the electoral college but only lost the popular vote due to “Millions” of people who had voted illegally. This Claim is yet to be backed by any form of factual evidence and has been met by wide scale criticism.

 

Popular Vote

Hillary Clinton has extended her lead in the popular vote with the latest numbers, here’s where it currently stands.

Clinton: 64,902,584

Trump: 62,536,347

That’s approximately 1.8 percentage point lead, which seems small but in the context of American elections is very large. Larger than John F Kennedy’s Margin in 1960 and Richard Nixon’s Margin in 1968. Despite this, the President is elected based on the electoral college, meaning that although the popular vote often aligns with the Electoral College, it doesn’t need to.

Come Back every Friday for the weekly Trump-Watch

Jack Comer-Hudson, Capital HardTalk.

 

 

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