Saturday, 21 January 2017

Alt-Right America: Trump's Right Wing Worrisome Cabinet

As of January 19th, these were appointed by the now President Donald John Trump, 45th President of the United States of America. Sends shivers of worry out in every direction. The people he's appointed will boost use of fossil fuel, trample over health care, ignore global warming, encourage torture ... I don't see how his appointees to his cabinet will give control back to the people. This man is a con-man, and he's surrounded himself by many con-men and women.

And if you look at what he said to the CIA in his first visit, I feel that he is out of his depth, and winging it.

Sonny Perdue: Secretary of Agriculture, he could  prioritize the profits of big agribusiness and trade over the interests of American farmers, workers and consumers

David Shulkin: Secretary of Veterans Affairs, he's not a veteran, and Trump wants Veterans Affairs overhauled.

Jared Kushner: Senior Advisor to the President, Trump's son-in-law, lacks experience in politics., may not actually be allowed by law to take a role in his father-in-law's administration.

Dan  Coats: National Intelligence Director, supports torture and widespread government surveillance, banned from Russia.

Kellyanne Conway: Counselor to the President, plays down Trump's worst habits and excusing his bad behavior, shifting focus to worst behaviour of others..

Mick Mulvaney: Budget Director: has aggressively pursued the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the prevention of Syrian refugees from entering the United States. Would shut government down rather than reach a compromise.

Ryan Zinke: Secretary of Interior: Non-believer in climate change. Describes the overwhelming evidence behind climate change as "unsettled science" .

Rick Perry: Secretary of Energy:  Likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward oil and other fossil fuels that he championed as Texas governor.

Rex W. Tillerson: Secretary of State: no experience in the public sector, strongly in favor of free trade, Russia even awarded him Order of Friendship.

Gary Cohn: National Economic Council Director. president of Goldman Sachs and COO

Andrew Puzder: Secretary of Labor: lacks government experience, his burger chains have drawn criticism for featuring scantily clad women.

Linda McMahon: Head of the Small Business Administration, billionaire co-founder and former CEO of the wrestling franchise WWE, she and her husband donated $5 million to the Trump Foundation, according to The Washington Post.

Scott Pruitt: Head of the Environmental Protection Agency. He has been a booster of the fossil fuel industry, doesn't believe in global warming.

Gen. John F. Kelly: Secretary of Homeland Security, job will be building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

Ben Carson: Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, no experience in government, opposed an Obama administration effort to improve housing integration,  has also criticized government programs meant to combat poverty .

James Mattis: Secretary of Defense, retired Marine Corps general, shares Trump's approach against America's enemies, particularly Iran, views "political Islam" as a threat.

Steven Mnuchin: Secretary of the Treasury, career started at Goldman Sachs, hailed as a "financial expert" by Trump insiders, he has no experience in government. He purchased a bailed-out bank for pennies on the dollar and then aggressively foreclosed on tens of thousands of families

Jeff Sessions: Attorney General, hardliner on immigration, described the Ku Klux Klan as "okay until I found out they smoked pot", said a white lawyer who had black clients was "a disgrace to his race", called the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) "un-American".

Wilbur Ross: Commerce Secretary, wealth is estimated at $2.9 billion, buys troubled companies "on the cheap" and sell them for billions of dollars in profit.

Betsy DeVos: Secretary of Education, a billionaire businesswoman, has sought to steer money away from public schools and into private and parochial schools,

Elaine Chao: Secretary of Transportation, has worked in three Republican White Houses.

Tom Price: Secretary of Health and Human Services, the leading voice to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, staunchly pro-life,  opposes funding for groups like Planned Parenthood, he's against the Obamacare mandate that provides free birth control, and he's against same-sex marriage.

Reince Priebus: Chief of Staff, lacks government experience. Cozy with Republican members of congress, he doesn't necessarily know how to run a government.

Steve Bannon: Chief Strategist and Senior Adviser, holds extreme conservative positions like white supremacy, anti-immigration, and anti-feminism. has worked for Goldman Sachs, "I'm a Leninist," he once told a writer at the Daily Beast. "Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal, too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today's establishment."

Mike Pompeo: Director of the CIA, has spoken out in the favor of the CIA's use of torture, which, according to a Senate report, included "waterboarding...the use of electric shocks, dogs, nudity, hypothermia, and mock executions."

Michael Flynn: National Security Adviser, retired Army lieutenant general , comments about the Muslim faith verge on Islamophobia, led chants of "lock her up" directed at Hillary Clinton. Praises "alt-right" (extreme right wing conservatism) internet trolls.

Nikki Haley: United Nations Ambassador, surprisingly a Trump critic, but lacks foreign policy experience, and opposed the settlement of Syrian refugees in South Carolina.

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