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A look at Trump’s controversial cabinet picks

What people like and don’t like about the President-elect’s appointments

Citizens across the U.S. have been divided about President Elect Donald Trump’s picks for his White House Cabinet. Depending on the selection folks have either been delighted or disgruntled. To keep you up to date The Lasso will be breaking down some of Trump’s most controversial appointments.

Stephen Bannon: Chief Strategist

Why are people happy with his appointment? Americans involved in the “Alt-right” movement have praised Bannon’s appointment, including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke who said on CNN “I think that’s excellent. I think that anyone that helps complete the program and the policies that President-elect Trump has developed during the campaign is a very good thing, obviously.” Having never dabbled in politics before Bannon is also a “Washington outsider,” which many Trump supporters see as an advantage.

Why are people unhappy with his appointment? Before acting as an advisor to Trump’s campaign and then working on Trump’s transition team Bannon ran Breitbart News, a “news site” primarily promoting white supremacy, patriarchal, anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-Muslim views. Many Americans and government officials have expressed concern that Bannon’s views will influence Trump’s politics in these ways.    

General James Mattis: Secretary of Defense

Why are people happy with his appointment? Affectionately nicknamed “Mad Dog” by the troops he commanded, Mattis is seen as an experienced and well picked leader for this role.

Why are people unhappy with his appointment? Trump cannot legally appoint Mattis as the Secretary of Defense because of a law set in place prohibiting military personal from holding that position unless they have been retired for a minimum of seven years, Mattis has been retired for only four years. Congress and the Senate will most likely give special permission to bypass this law. Mattis has also made controversial statements in the past about groups of people the U.S. has been at war with.

Dr. Ben Carson: Secretary of Urban Housing and Development

Why are people happy with his appointment? Folks who voted for Dr. Carson in the primaries when he ran against the President-elect of the United States (PEOTUS) can be pleased to see he will still have a place in the White House.

Why are people unhappy with his appointment? As a retired surgeon Dr. Carson has never worked in the housing industry or at any point of his life lived in government housing. Dr. Carson also turned down an appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services, according to Armstrong Williams because, “Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”

Dr. Tom Price: Secretary of Health and Human Services

Why are people happy with his appointment? The doctor and former Georgia congressman is a republican ready to repeal Obama Care, which many republicans strongly support. Dr. Price also opposes abortion and believes birth control is affordable and easy for women to obtain.

Why are people unhappy with his appointment? For many of the same reasons some Americans are happy with Dr. Price’s appointment, some Americans oppose his appointment. After the Roe. Vs. Wade case in 1973 abortion became a national right for women, something Mattis wishes to overlook. Mattis also believes insurance companies should have the right to deny customers coverage based on pre-existing conditions, something Obama Care prevents.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry: Secretary of the Department of Energy

Why are people happy with his appointment? Some Texans are happy to see their former governor in the White House. Trump cited Perry’s work in Texas as reason for his appointment. In a speech Trump explained “as the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry created a business climate that produced millions of new jobs and lower energy prices in his state, and he will bring that same approach to our entire country as Secretary of Energy.”

Why are people unhappy with his appointment? One of the more ironic appointments Trump has made, during his 2012 campaign for the Presidency Perry explained his wish to abolish the Department of Energy, which he has now been appointed to run. Perry has also been an avid climate change denier and has ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline.   

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