World News Wednesday: Trump’s Cabinet

With so many cabinet nominations needed from a president, it can sometimes be hard to keep up with the status of their nominations. This World News Wednesday, we are focusing on America’s current political climate through the discussion of each nominee and their current status. We will also provide official biographies and such for you to explore on your own.

NOTE: We will only be focusing on President Trump’s nominations for the federal executive departments (pictured below).

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THE CABINET

Secretary of State: Rex W. Tillerson

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Secretary of the Treasury: Steven T. Mnuchin

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Secretary of Defense: James Mattis

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Attorney General-designate: Jeff Sessions

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Secretary of the Interior-designate: Ryan Zinke

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Secretary of Agriculture-designate: Sonny Perdue

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Secretary of Commerce-designate: Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

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Secretary of Labor-designate: Alexander Acosta

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Secretary of Health and Human Services-designate: Thomas Price

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate: Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.

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Secretary of Transportation: Elaine L. Chao

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Secretary of Energy-designate: James Richard Perry

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  • Official Biography: https://rickperry.org/about
  • Status: Neither confirmed or denied. Approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on January 31st.

Secretary of Education: Elisabeth Prince DeVos

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs: David J. Shulkin

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Secretary of Homeland Security: John F. Kelly

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FURTHER READING

Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/trump-cabinet-tracker/510527/

  • Great Analysis on each individual cabinet member and other appointees of Trump. Offers a lot of background information on each candidate in an easy-to-read way, as well as their educated guess on the results of Senate hearings still to come.

NY Times’ List of Trump’s Cabinet: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/us/politics/donald-trump-administration.html?_r=0

  • Mostly visual. Easy to follow. Useful if you just want to see who has been confirmed and who still has not.

What to Know: http://www.amny.com/news/politics/senate-confirmation-hearings-for-trump-s-cabinet-picks-what-to-know-1.12789473

  • Goes beyond just the cabinet picks and their current statuses. Also talks about the ins-and-outs of the confirmation process.

Hopefully this article gave you insight on what may be seem like a confusing process. Check back here on The Performer every Wednesday for a new World News Wednesday!

Article by Mia Zappacosta.

 

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