Trump Cabinet Taking Shape

Orry Phillips

Since President Donald Trump took office in January, he has made moves that have been seen as smart by the right, while the left is less than impressed with Trump. Probably his most controversial moves are the ones to his cabinet and his policies on immigration.

His first major appointment was selecting Mike Pence as vice president. When considering his cabinet, his earliest appointments included former senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general, replacing Loretta Lynch, and former Kansas representative Mike Pompeo as CIA director, replacing the controversial James Comey.

His other appointed cabinet members are Betsy DeVos (Secretary of Education), former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao (Secretary of Transportation), former Georgia representative Tom Price (Secretary of Health and Human Services), Wilbur Ross (Secretary of Commerce), Steven Mnuchin (Secretary of Treasury), retired General James Mattis (Secretary of Defense), Ben Carson (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development), retired General John F. Kelly (Secretary of Homeland Security), ex-ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (Secretary of State), former Texas governor Rick Perry (Secretary of Energy), former Montana representative Ryan Zinke (Secretary of the Interior), former Under Secretary David Shulkin (Secretary of Veteran Affairs), former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue (Secretary of Agriculture), and Alexander Acosta (Secretary of Labor).

Rex Tillerson undergoes his confirmation hearings before the US Senate. He took office February 1.

At the moment, none of the nominees were rejected, but that doesn’t mean that they all had an easy road in. Tillerson only won the Senate Committee vote by one vote, but won the confirmation vote by thirteen votes. Meanwhile, Mnuchin won his Senate Committee vote unanimously, but only won the confirmation vote by six.

Others, like Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos, had it even tougher. Attorney General Sessions barely pulled out a two-vote win in the Senate Committee vote and won the confirmation vote by only five. DeVos had it the toughest, though. DeVos is largely unpopular with the Democrat party for her policies that many see harmful to public education. DeVos won her confirmation by only one vote in both the Committee and the overall confirmation votes. However, that one vote in her confirmation was from Vice President Mike Pence, who made history by casting the tiebreaking vote.

Perdue and Acosta are the only ones who have yet to be confirmed, though it would be shocking to see them not go through. Their confirmation dates are still undetermined.