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Trump Wants Cabinet Nominees to ‘Express Their Own Thoughts’

Trump Wants Cabinet Nominees to ‘Express Their Own Thoughts’

Nominees spoke against Muslim registries and banning people based on religion.

The media has gone ballistic during the first week of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees since the most of them have different views than Trump.

Trump has shown thin skin with those who disagree with him so of course the press has attempted to stir the pot even more, but it has not worked.

Unlike the rest of the media, I found the differences refreshing and eased my mind a little about having Trump as president. They all promised to stand up to Trump when they view him as wrong and will not give into his demands if they find them unconstitutional.

On the campaign trail, Trump caused a stir when he suggested Muslim registries and very strict immigration reform. He has since softened his view, but the media refuses to acknowledge that.

The media expressed shock when his Cabinet nominations came out against the idea of a Muslim registry. Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) pledged over and over that he will protect a Muslim’s Constitutional rights and opposed any sort of registry:

He said he did not support an outright ban on Muslim immigration, as Mr. Trump frequently suggested during the presidential campaign. “I have no belief and do not support the idea that Muslims as a religious group should be denied admission to the United States,” Mr. Sessions said. But he noted that Mr. Trump has since clarified that restrictions should be placed on immigration from countries that support terrorism, which Mr. Sessions said was lawful.

General John Kelly, nominee for Department of Homeland Secretary, told his committee that quite a few “of Trump’s campaign proposals targeted at Muslims would likely be unconstitutional and said he disagreed with the idea of targeting individuals on the sole basis of their religion.”

Kelly also agreed that securing America’s border with Mexico remains important, but stressed that the real problem begins south of Mexico.

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson does not approve of a full rejection of all people from one faith, but said that those who come from countries with a higher terror risk should receive more vetting. He could even fathom how a Muslim registry would even work.

General James Mattis, nominee for Secretary of Defense, referred to Tel Aviv as the capitol of Isreal. Trump has emphasized his desire to move the U.S embassy to Jerusalem, but Mattis said America “should continue treating Tel Aviv as Israel’s capitol” because “that’s where all the government people are.”

So instead of bitching and trying to cause more problems, maybe the media should embrace the fact that Trump has surrounded himself with people who hold their own thoughts and will not conform to his. I know, I know. That’s asking a lot from the media and the left.


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The Left is not used to dealing with people who think for themselves and have a track record of success. Perhaps Trumpcould get Democratic support if he left the current occupant at State.

As I pointed out to someone yesterday, smart management does not surround themselves with yes-men who do nothing but parrot the opinions of the CEO and toe some party line. When you do that you stifle innovation and new ideas while demeaning the ability of your “advisers” to exercise their own authority and talents.

The funny thing? If Donald Trump had surrounded himself with this sort of yes-men the “media” would be screaming every bit as loudly.

They all promised to stand up to Trump when they view him as wrong and will not give into his demands if they find them unconstitutional.

Cabinet secretaries don’t “find” things unconstitutional. They’re not courts. Secretaries can think that things are unconstitutional … but big deal, we all can; nobody needs Senate confirmation to do that.

He could even fathom how a Muslim registry would even work.

Huh? Is this one of those Guardian-style typos?

Henry Hawkins | January 13, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Poor leftists. Liars are ever suspicious that everyone else is lying too. This makes them nuts over time. Reminds me of the poison scene from Princess Bride between Westley and Vizzini.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    (If everything were reversed, the Democrats would have all their Cabinet nominees simply lie to get past hearings and confirmations, ergo, they just ‘know’ that Trump’s nominees must be lying).

The reason why President Trump expects his picks to use their own judgement is because he had no intention to keep his campaign promises as in the example of torture, Muslim American registry, or moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

As President you pick the cabinet members to push the your agenda, not theirs, especially weird these policies are what he promised Americans when running for office.

    …or instead of this being some sort of intricate conspiracy, it could be just exactly what it looks like: nominees are human beings and can have different opinions than the nominator.

A good CEO has a bunch of people with differing ideas that can get hashed out during discussions. But he does expect that once a final decision is made that his people accept that decision and work for the agreed to goal.

    Barry in reply to rabidfox. | January 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Not just the “CEO”. Any good manager wants to hear the various opinions, especially those that are contrary. In the end, a decision is made and the support is expected. I’ve been on both sides, top and under, and it works well.

Gen Patton once commented that “If everyone is thinking alike, then someone is not thinking.” It appears The Donald adheres to the same principle. This is good. It leads to good staff work, as long as, once the Old Man makes the decision, it is final and all the staff adopt his plan as if it were their own. That is the essence of good staff work.