Trump’s Controversial Cabinet

Picks from the President Elect's cabinet choices


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President Elect Trump addressing a crowd.

KaeT, Staff Reporter

Now that it’s January, President Obama’s term is drawing to a close as the former members get ready to leave. On January 20th, Donald Trump will officially become the United State’s 45th president.

As the day draws nearer, Trump has already picked his selections for the cabinet that will accompany him for his term. Some choices have been accepted by the people, while others have been questioned and scrutinized.

One position is the choice for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Known popularly as the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, his interactions with Russia and ties with Vladimir Putin have some Americans questioning whether he is fit to be in the position.

Another choice that has people scratching their heads is former Texas governor Rick Perry, who has been chosen for Energy Secretary. In 2011, Perry brought up the idea of getting rid of the energy department altogether while running for president. The choice has left many worrying that Perry will be the undoing of the department.

For the Labor Secretary position, Trump has chosen Andrew Puzder. Puzder, like Trump, is a fellow critic of Obama’s policies. As chief executive of CKE restaurants, he has openly opposed many regulations of the Labor department, such as the overtime rule.

For Education, Trump has selected Betsy DeVos. DeVos is the former chairwoman of the Michigan republican party, and is passionate about education. It is unclear about advancements in this department, as Trump has spoken before about shifting attention from the education department to state and local governments.

Trump has picked other members for cabinets that have been questioned by the public, such as Steven Mnuchin who has little experience in government, and Ben Carson, the former presidential nominee who had previously said he didn’t want to be involved in the government. These officials have yet to be appointed, and still need to be confirmed by the Senate.