Donald Trump is remodeling the right and based on his latest cabinet picks, the conservative President seems to be gutting the entire government to perhaps “Make America Great Again” – a campaign promise that have yet to see the its full effects.
Here are his latest CONFIRMED cabinet picks and their net worth:
Secretary of State: Rex W. Tillerson – Former CEO of Exxon Mobil, has ties with President Vladmir Putin of Russia. They have been associates since Tillerson represented Exxon’s interests in Russia. In 2011, on behalf of ExxonMobil, Tillerson signed an agreement with Russia for drilling in the Arctic that could be valued at up to 300 Billion. Tillerson was then awarded the Order of Friendship two years later by Putin for his contributions to developing cooperation in the energy sector. Net Worth: $245 Million.
Treasury: Steven Mnuchin – Graduated from Yale in 1985 and started working for Goldman Sachs where he started the mortgage department and became partner in 1994. Left Goldman in 2002 after 17 years of employment with an estimated $46 million in stock plus $12 million received in the months prior to his departure. Mnuchin then led a group of investors to purchase IndyMac which was later renamed OneWest Bank. In the collapse of the housing market, OneWest was publicly criticized for aggressively foreclosing on homeowners. The New York Times claimed that OneWest was involved in a string of lawsuits over questionable foreclosures and settled several cases for millions of dollars. Because of the foreclosures, around 100 protesters of Occupy Los Angeles gathered outside Mnuchin’s home in October 2011 and held signs that read, “Make Banks Pay.” Estimated Net Worth: $500 Million (as a side business, he founded RatPac-Dune Entertainment and produced over 30 notable movies. American Sniper, Suicide Squad, Dawn of Justice to name a few).
Secretary of Defense: James N. Mattis – There is no better cabinet pick for the Secretary of Defense other than General James. N. Mattis at the moment. On November 20, 2016, then-President-elect Trump met with Mattis for a little over one hour in New Jersey. Trump later announced on Twitter: “General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!” The Senate confirmed his nomination 98-1. The whole country can stand behind Mattis, he stated in 2005 that he believed Russian President Putin’s intent is to break NATO apart. He spoke out against what he perceives as Russia’s bellicose policies in Syria, Ukraine, and the Baltic States. In January 2017, Mattis said that the world order is under it’s biggest attacks since World War II from Russia, terrorist groups, and China’s actions in the South China Sea. Estimated Net Worth: Irrelevant.
Attorney General: Jeff Sessions – Born in Selma, Alabama in 1946 Sessions started his political career as the Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama in 1975. In 1986, Reagan nominated Sessions to be a judge of the District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. The NAACP strongly opposed the nomination. According to the Center for Responsible Politics, between 1995 and 2016, Session’s largest donors came from the legal, retired, health, real estate and insurance industries. The corporations who gave the most to his campaigns were the Southern Company utility firm, Balch & Bingham law firm, Drummond Company coal mining firm, Collazo Enterprises, and Vulcan Materials. What really makes Jeff Sessions a controversial cabinet pick is that he was an early supporter of the presidencial candidacy of Donald Trump and was a major policy adviser to the Trump campaign especially in regard to immigration and national security. On November 18, 2016 president-elect trump announced the nomination and more than 1,400 law school professors wrote a letter urging the Senate to reject the nomination. Six NAACP activists including NAACP President Cornell William Brooks were arrested at a January 2017 sit-in protesting the nomination. On February 7, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped Senator Elizabeth Warren who was reading out statements opposing Session’s nomination as federal judge that had been made by Ted Kennedy and Coretta Scott King. Warren was then officially rebuked for “impugning a fellow senator’s character.” Senator Jeff Merkley read the same letters Senator Warren had attempted to read without interruption. Thus the birth of one of the greatest memes of all time: “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” This was spoken by Mitch McConnell explaining his senatorial effort at silencing Elizabeth Warren. Net Worth: Unverified but several sources puts it between $50 and $60 Million.
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Tom Price –
Transportation: Elaine L. Chao –
Education: Betsy DeVos –
Veterans: David J. Shulkin –
Homeland Security: John F. Kelly –
C.I.A: Mike Pompeo –
U.N: Nikki R. Haley –
Environmental Protection Agency: Scott Pruitt –
Small Business: Linda McMahon –
O.M.B: Mick Mulvaney –
Here are the appointees that have not yet been confirmed by the Senate:
Interior: Ryan Zinke –
Agriculture: Sonny Perdue –
Commerce: Wilbur Ross –
Labor: R. Alexander Acosta –
Housing: Ben Carson –
Energy: Rick Perry –
D.N.I: Dan Coats –
U.S. Trade Rep: Robert Lighthizer –
“CONSERVATISM can and does mean different things to those who call themselves conservatives,” said Ronald Reagan soothingly, in an address to the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1977. He referred to social conservatism and economic conservatism, tendrils that then seemed disparate, but which he, speaking shortly after Jimmy Carter’s inauguration, would soon unite. “What I envision is not simple a melding together of the two branches of American conservatism into a temporary uneasy alliance,” he said “But the creation of a new, lasting majority.”
It was tempting to wonder whether the speech Donald Trump delivered on February 24th to CPAC, an annual gathering for conservatives held on a Maryland bank of the Potomac river, signalled the end of that Reaganite consensus.
Mr Trump, who had been explicitly compared to Reagan by his loyal deputy, Mike Pence, the previous day, did sound a few familiar notes. “It’s time for all Americans to get off welfare and get back to work,” he said, adding, “You’re going to love it, you’re going to love it, you’re going to love it.” Also like Reagan, he extolled the need for strong armed forces:…Continue reading