Trump’s Cabinet Picks

President Trump

Trump’s inauguration day has passed and now it’s time to take a hard look at his new cabinet picks

Every new president picks their own cabinet members who are then approved by various senators.

Cabinet members include the Secretary of State, CIA and FBI directors, Secretary for Defence, Secretary for education and many more positions.

Here is a look at a few major and at times questionable picks:

Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson (Pending Senate Approval)

Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson was the CEO of oil giant Exxon Mobil from 2006 to 2016. Trump’s reason for electing Tillerson is because he is “A world-class player”.

Tillerson does fit the requirements of a Secretary of State, as he has the ability to negotiate deals with international players such as Canada, Nigeria and Qatar to name a few.

However, Tillerson has been scrutinised by multiple senators over his close-ties to Russia as he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship award in 2013, which has done him more bad than good.

Florida Senator and failed presidential candidate Marco Rubio grilled Tillerson during his senate approval hearing stating “Being a ‘friend of Vladimir’ is not an attribute I am hoping for from a Secretary of State.”

Tillerson’s opinion on issues such as the infamous “muslim ban” are different to Trumps. At his senate hearing Tillerson stated that he would not support any blanket ban.

Environmentalists vocally opposed Tillerson as Secretary of State due to his past as CEO of Exxon Mobil. Ultimately, Tillerson managed to secure his position by an extremely narrow margin.

Secretary of Defence: James Mattis


James Mattis

Mattis cruised through his senate hearings with an overwhelming majority and will lead the charge on Trump’s intention to annihilate ISIS.

Many close associates of Mattis state that he will encourage more military presence in conflict zones in the Middle East.

Trump picked Mattis because he is the “closest thing we have to General George Patton”.

Associates of Mattis have implied that he would seek strong relations with military allies in order to avoid any further conflict in the Middle East in regards to Iran, but that does not that he will mobilise troops.

Trump’s decision to select Mattis has raised a few eye-brows and has been met with a little resistance. Traditionally, the appointed Secretary of Defence has always been a civilian in order to avoid the possibility of the America becoming a military state.

Like Tillerson, he has a few opposing views to Trump such as a tighter stance on relations with Russia along with most of the military as opposed to Trumps praises towards Putin.

Mattis is pro NATO and has expressed support towards the Iran deal, which Trump has vowed to “tear up”.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Scott Pruitt (Pending Senate Approval)

Scott Pruitt

Pruitt is one of the most questionable picks in Trumps entire line up. He is the Attorney General of Oklahoma and has sued the EPA multiple times and is a die hard skeptic of climate change.

He has stated that the EPA’s rule as “unlawful and overreaching” and is a direct threat to Obama’s agenda to completely curb global warming.

Pruitt said that he would support Trump’s proposition to remove the United States from the Paris Agreement.

Democrats and environmentalists have been grilling Pruitt over his close relations to the fossil fuel industry.

Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos (Pending Senate Approval)

Betsy DeVos

Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVos got heavily questioned during her senate hearing by many prominent senators including Bernie Sanders.

DeVos was criticised for not providing any solid answers during her hearing and has had no experience with public schooling or financial aid issues.

Furthermore, she has been continuously criticised for attempting to privatise education.

Teachers unions have opposed DeVos as education choice as they believe she will hinder equal opportunity for students.

DeVos has not opposed Trumps idea to remove gun free zones and her plan to use government funds to pay for private and charter schools.