New Cabinet additions.
Last week we looked at Donald Trump’s nominees for the cabinet that will serve him for the next four years, for the positions as of then, check out last week’s Trump watch. Here’s who has been added over the last week.
Secretary of Defence -James Mattis
Overseeing much of the United States impressive military might including the Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines and occasionally coastguard (Depending on the circumstances). The Secretary of defence is responsible for overseeing these branches of the military and broadly overseeing the defence of the nation. It is one of the most important positions in the Cabinet and has power over the military second only to the President who is commander and chief.
Commonly known as “Mad dog Mattis” he previously commanded United States Joint Forces Command from November 9, 2007 to August 2010 and served concurrently as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation from November 9, 2007 to September 8, 2009. Prior to that, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force, United States Marine Forces Central Command, and 1st Marine Division during the Iraq War. Donald trump has previously described him as “A General’s General” and “Very impressive” Mattis has been known to have controversial views including on Iran and ISIS when he said “I consider ISIS nothing more than an excuse for Iran to continue its mischief. Iran is not an enemy of ISIS. They have a lot to gain from the turmoil in the region that ISIS creates.” Mattis’ views on Iran were speculated to have been the reason he was removed by President Obama from the positions he occupied.
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Dr. Ben Carson
The Secretary oversees the department of Housing and Urban Development, whose mission is “to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination.” Robert C. Weaver became the first African American Cabinet member by being appointed to the position. The department was also the first Cabinet department to be headed by an African American woman, Patricia Roberts Harris, in 1977.
Ben Carson is the retired Paediatric Neurosurgeon and republican Presidential nominee hopeful whose calm and composed demeanour pushed him to the top of the race momentarily before falling to Trump. as it stands he is the only Republican nominee former opponent that has been given a position on the cabinet. After dropping out of the race he endorsed Donald Trump and continued to be involved in the campaign. He’s a controversial pick based on comments made by Armstrong Williams, which said, “Dr Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency,”. That was made weeks ago amid speculation of Dr. Carson being appointed to the cabinet, many took this as acceptance that Carson himself admitted he was unfit to lead a federal agency, and so now are concerned about him changing his mind and leading one.
Secretary of Homeland Security – John Kelly
The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the U.S. and the safety of U.S. citizens. The position was created by the Homeland Security Act following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Under the command of the Secretary is also the U.S boarder control. This position is likely to be one to watch over the next four years, one of Donald Trump’s key policy areas is a ‘crack down’ on illegal immigration which includes the controversial boarder wall along the Mexican border to the United States.
John Kelly is a retired United States Marine Corps general and the former commander of United States Southern Command. General Kelly is the highest ranking U.S. military officer to have lost a child in combat operations in Southwest Asia. His youngest son, 1st Lieutenant Robert Michael Kelly, was killed in action in Sangin, Afghanistan on November 9, 2010.
Positions yet to be appointed
Secretary of State
Secretary of the Interior
Secretary of Agriculture
Sectary of Labor
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Michigan recount stopped.
Jill Stein, Green party nominee for President, filed for recounts in several key swing states last week including in Pennsylvania and Michigan, but that isn’t likely to happen says a federal judge. Judge Mark Goldsmith said “Because there is no basis for this court to ignore the Michigan court’s ruling and make an independent judgment regarding what the Michigan legislature intended by the term ‘aggrieved’, plaintiffs have not shown an entitlement to a recount,”. This in effect secures Donald Trump’s narrow victory in the state. A court hearing will be held Friday on a possible recount in Pennsylvania, it is unclear yet if that will have the same outcome. Regardless many of the most in support of the recounts are admitting that Trump’s victory is final.
Controversy over Air Force one.
Not long ago, Donald Trump tweeted “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” sparking a fierce debate about the Presidential plane of the United States. The New Aircraft would be developed by Boeing, who have built planes for U.S Presidents since 1943. “We are currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States,” the company said in a statement. The Aircraft aren’t due for completion anytime soon so any cost’s will only be rough estimates and the true costs will likely be unknown for some years. The two Custom Boeing 747-8 aircraft are due to be completed by 2024, that is, unless President elect Donald Trump cancels the order as he hinted at in his tweet.
Come back next week for a new addition to Trump Watch.
– Jack Comer-Hudson, Capital HardTalk.