President-Elect Donald Trump has been interviewing and selecting candidates to be chosen for his cabinet. His selection of people will indicate how he will manage the federal government during his presidency. Trump is filling his cabinet with more current and former members of the military than any other previous president. Donald Trump claimed that he is more knowledgeable on the subject of ISIS than U.S. generals during his campaign, but then he surrounds himself with former military members. Trump selected General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense. General Mattis led the United States Central Command from 2010 to 2013. He served more than four decades in the Marine Corps and is well known for his aggressive talk and for his nickname, Mad Dog Mattis. Aside from the General’s service, however, Mattis’ language has gotten him into some trouble. The reason Mattis received his nickname is because of his off-color remarks. Mattis said, “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys that slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil,” he said in 2005. “So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.” Why are we letting people with such negative attitudes and opinions have some of the most important jobs in our country? Trump also selected the next Housing and Urban Development Secretary for his cabinet: Dr. Ben Carson. Carson is a retired neurosurgeon but for some reason Trump found him qualified to run Housing and Urban Development, and not something more logical like Health and Human Services. Carson has no experience in government or in running a large bureaucracy, but he will oversee the agency with a $47 million budget. Trump’s cabinet will not only be filled with more former military members than any other previous cabinet, but it will also be the wealthiest. Marge Baker, Executive Vice-President of the liberal pressure group People for the American Way said, “It’s alarming that the president-elect said he believes what’s good for his business is good for America. That’s not how you want the leader of your country to be making decisions.” Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury, is worth $46 million and he is not even the wealthiest selected for the cabinet. Wealth would not be a problem, in my opinion, but it will become one because there will be nobody to advocate for the middle and lower income Americans. The Washington Post wrote, “Both the Trump administration and our national security will suffer if his appointments undermine the institutional integrity of the military and corrupt its leadership in service of political ends.” Trump is stockpiling his cabinet with wealthy elites that will not take into account the opinions and needs of lower income Americans. On top of this, his jab at the U.S. generals only points to Trump’s desire to be the smartest man in the room. Whether he’ll be top gun still remains unanswered, but he’ll definitely have some competition for being the richest.
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