Trump Appointments  (Page 2)

Dems’ Nuclear Option will allow Trump to fill over 100 court vacancies quickly

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 26, 2016 at 8:30am 12/26/2016 at 8:30am

We’ve written many times about the Democrats’ destruction in 2013, under the leadership of Harry Reid, of the filibuster for judicial nominees below the Supreme Court level.

Most of the columns written recently, including by us, discuss whether Republicans will extend that “Nuclear Option” to the current Supreme Court vacancy.

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Kellyanne Conway Joins Trump Administration as Counselor to the President

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 22, 2016 at 4:30pm 12/22/2016 at 4:30pm
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Trump’s Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway will join the Trump administration in a new role — Counselor to the President.

Conway turned down an offer to function as Press Secretary but will work closely with that individual who will be announced soon. As counselor to the president, Conway will still have a hand...

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Larry Kudlow to Chair the White House Council of Economic Advisers

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 5:30pm 12/15/2016 at 5:30pm
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Thursday, a Trump Advisor confirmed CNBC business analyst Larry Kudlow has been chosen to lead the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Kudlow served as an advisor to Trump’s campaign.

Reports suggest the announcement will be official sometime in the next two days.

The Detroit News reports:

Conservative economist Stephen Moore, who advised Trump’s...

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Trump Chooses Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke to Lead Interior

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 6:30pm 12/14/2016 at 6:30pm

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke as his Secretary of the Interior. The former U.S. Navy SEAL commander has often found himself at odds with environmentalists, which means he could possibly “reverse environmental policies the Obama administration has pursued over the past eight years.” The Washington...

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Trump Chooses Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 11:30am 12/13/2016 at 11:30am

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Texas Governor Rick Perry as his Secretary of Energy.

Perry served as agriculture commissioner in Texas before he became governor in 2000. His term ended in 2015. He ran for president in 2012 and 2016.

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Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson Picked for Secretary of State

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10:00am 12/13/2016 at 10:00am

President-elect Donald Trump has selected Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. Trump said:

“His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for Secretary of State,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “He will promote regional stability and focus on the core national security...

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Mitt Romney Will Not Be Secretary of State

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 12, 2016 at 10:15pm 12/12/2016 at 10:15pm

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has confirmed President-elect Donald Trump will not choose him to serve as Secretary of State.

CNN reported:

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President-elect Trump Talks Efficient Government, His Cabinet, and Trade

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 3:00pm 12/11/2016 at 3:00pm
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President-elect Trump sat down with Chris Wallace this morning and discussed a range of topics from the latest on Russia’s purported hacking or influence in the election to his decisions on making government more efficient to his choices for his cabinet to trade.

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Rudy Giuliani Withdraws From Secretary of State Horserace

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, December 9, 2016 at 5:00pm 12/9/2016 at 5:00pm
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Friday afternoon, former New York City Mayor and Trump supporter, Rudy Giuliana announced he no longer wished to be considered for Secretary of State.

“This is not about me; it is about what is best for the country and the new administration. Before I joined the campaign I was very involved...

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Trump Chooses Fast Food Owner Andy Puzder for Labor Secretary

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 4:00pm 12/8/2016 at 4:00pm

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, as his Secretary of Labor. His company owns Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.

Puzder has long criticized the Affordable Care Act and workplace regulations, which he claims “have stifled growth in the restaurant industry.” He also pushed back against raising the minimum...

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Dem Senator Threatens: Pruitt-EPA Confirmation Hearings Will Have ‘Razor-blade Sharp Edges’

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 2:30pm 12/8/2016 at 2:30pm

My, my: such a violent metaphor. Aren’t the Dems the peace ‘n love party? On MSNBC today, regarding the nomination of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator, Dem Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts threatened “a confirmation hearing that has razor-blade sharp edges.”

To which guest-host Peter Alexander stunningly responded: “as the Sierra Club...

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Scarborough: Never Trumpers Saying ‘Wow,’ Wouldn’t Have Gotten These Nominations with Jeb or Marco

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 10:00am 12/8/2016 at 10:00am

Donald Trump’s nominations have turned out to be a pleasant surprise for some of his biggest conservative critics. That was Joe Scarborough’s take on today’s Morning Joe. From James Mattis at Defense, to John Kelly at DHS, and now to EPA foe Scott Pruitt . . . at EPA, the President-elect...

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Trump Nominates Fossil Fuel Advocate to Head EPA

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 6:00pm 12/7/2016 at 6:00pm
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When Donald Trump makes his final cabinet nomination, it will be hard to pick out which of the bold selections is most golden.

Retired Marine General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense was in the running for my top choice. However, it appears that Myron Ebell, the climate change “criminal” who is...

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Trump Names Gen. John F. Kelly to Lead Homeland Security

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 3:00pm 12/7/2016 at 3:00pm

President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security, who has become well known for his bluntness. Trump has now picked three generals for positions within his administration:

General Kelly, 66, who led...

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Think Progress Editor: Trump China Ambassador from “landlocked state full of white people”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:00pm 12/7/2016 at 12:00pm

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as Ambassador to China, who has a strong relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Ian Millhiser at Think Progress took a shot at the decision because, you know, no matter what Trump does the liberals will hate it.

Millhiser responded to Trump’s pick...

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Ben Carson Picked to Head HUD

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:36am 12/5/2016 at 9:36am

Former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon, Dr. Ben Carson, has been tapped to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Earlier reports indicated Carson had turned down administrative offers.

From the NYT:

Ben Carson, who took Donald J. Trump on a tour of blighted neighborhoods in Detroit during the presidential campaign, including...

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Reports: Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Defense is Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 4:36pm 12/1/2016 at 4:36pm
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According to the Washington Post, Trump has make his pick for Secretary of Defense — Retired Marine General James Mattis. Neither the Trump transition team nor Mattis have commented not the announcement expected early next week.

Mattis retired less than four years ago.

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