An Anthology of Donald J. Trump's Presidency (updated 12/3/16)

Introduction

THIS HUB WILL BE SIMILAR TO THE ONE I WROTE about President Obama. While I didn't include his appointments and nominations because they weren't particularly controversial in the larger scheme of things (they probably were the far-Right, but not to moderates and Leftwards). I do include them here because many, if not most, of Donald Trump's nominations and appointments ARE controversial, e.g. Steve Bannon, in the full meaning of that word.

While my brief introductions of each of them may seem biased, they aren't really because what I say is how most of America perceives them. This is who a minority of voters, but majority of electoral college votes wanted; it is the latter, of course, that counts (and properly so in my opinion). With each one is a link to a news article from a more-or-less unbiased source that talks about them.

So, here we go.


(In full-disclosure, I am a liberal Republican by orientation (yes, we still exist), but registered Democrat so I can vote in primaries. I have voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagan, H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Obama, and now Hillary Clinton. My bias is to sensible fiscal conservationism and social liberalism. This translates to a believe that the gov't has a roll in helping its citizens but shouldn't break the bank doing it. While I do not personally like Donald Trump nor most of his policies, I will take a wait-and-see attitude toward his performance as President.)

The Donor Class - "Pay to Play"

Author's note - Donald Trump, Bernie supporters. and other Clinton opponents made a very Big deal about the access donors to the Clinton Foundation gained to the State Department. I argued there as no smoking gun there. In fact there was no gun at all because what went on between donors and access to government is the NORM, at all levels of government. It only crosses the line if some government official received some type of reward that had personal value; and in Clinton's case that never happened. Another no, no is if the requester got anything of value other than access.

To further that argument, I underlined those Trump picks, or those under consideration, who made huge contributions to Trump's campaign or the Republican Party. This is unadulterated Pay-To-Play; I give you lots of money to be elected and you give me a cabinet slot or ambassadorship, plain and simple.

Having said that, and while I disagree with the practice in general, I refuse to condemn someone for doing what has been done in politics since politics became a "thing". Trump (and Clinton) is doing nothing different than EVERY president-elect before him.

Your President-Elect Donald Trump

What Has President-Elect Trump Done

12/3/16 - Nominated Dr. Ben Carson to head-up HUD (Department for Housing and Urban Development). Carson has no experience in government, real estate, or anything else to do with HUD. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Carson, Carson has stated he feels unqualified to hold any cabinet position

12/1/16 - Nominated Retired Gen. James Mattis for Defense Secretary. Mattis well thought of on both sides of the aisle. He surprised Trump by telling him waterboarding, torture, was useless; that he, Mattis, could do better with a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers.

11/29/16 - Nominated Elaine Chao, wife of Sen. Mitch McConnell, to be Secretary of Transportation, a position she held under President G. H. Bush. She was also Secretary of Labor under President G. W. Bush. In her tenure in these jobs did not necessarily go smoothly. Her in between time was spent her time being on many corporate boards and a fellow to far-right institutes such as the Heritage Foundation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elaine_Cha

11/29/16 - Nominated Wilbur Ross, a Republican billionaire from investing and a generous contributor to the Trump campaign, for Commerce Secretary. Ross is known as the "King of Bankruptcy" for his penchant of buying distressed businesses and successfully, but not always, turning them around; he is also a leveraged buyouts specialist.

11/29/16 - Nominated Steve Mnuchin, of IndyMac and OneWest fame (subprime lenders who spectacularly failed during the lead-up to the Great Recession of 2008), is rumored to be the favorite for Secretary of Treasury. Mnuchin was a major fundraiser for Trump.

11/28/16 - Nominated Rep Tom Price (R-GA), a long time critic of Obamacare and is one of a couple of Rs that have come up with a partial replacement, to oversee the demise of Obamacare, as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

11/25/16 - Chose Don McGahn to be White House Counsel. He has deep roots to D.C., was Chairman of the FEC, and counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee where he worked to loosen campaign finance rules and laws.

11/25/16 - Chose K.T. MacFarland to be his Deputy National Security Adviser. She is well qualified from previous experience on Henry Kissinger's National Security Staff and other White House and Defense Department jobs. She once ran for Republican Senator for New York, but lost. (The person who beat her lost handily to Hillary Clinton.)

11/24/16 - Nominated billionaire Betsy DeVos, a top Republican donor, charter school, and school voucher advocate as Secretary of Education. She has many ties to organizations and PACs that promote vouchers and charter schools. Devos has been dedicated to all things education for most of her life. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betsy_DeVos

11/23/16 - Nominated Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) to be the US Ambassador to the United Nations. Haley appears to be a reform-minded (in the old meaning of the word), reasonable, yet strong Conservative voice in the GOP. Haley and Trump traded a few insults during his campaign. Haley has virtually no foreign policy experience. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_Haley

11/18/16 - Nominated Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an extreme conservative who is known to be anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, anti-LGBT, to be Attorney General. Sessions has extensive experience in this area but, because of his background of being unsupportive of minorities, his appointment to a Federal judgeship was denied by the Republican Senate in 1986. His views have not changed, based on statements he has made, in the subsequent 30 years. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/us/politics/jeff-sessions-donald-trump-attorney-general.html

11/17/16 - Nominated firebrand Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to be Director of the CIA. Known to be very pro-large scale surveillance, pro-"enhanced interrogation techniques (torture), anti-Muslim, and anti-Iraq Nuclear deal. He has no known experience in intelligence beyond being on the House Intelligence Committe http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-taps-kansas-congressman-mike-pompeo-cia/

11/17/16 - Appointed firebrand Lt General Michael Flynn (Ret) to highest level security post that doesn't require Senate confirmation, the National Security Adviser. He is an extreme Islamaphobist and has a history of a very abrasive management style. In fact, he lost his position as Director of DIA partly because of his abrasive style. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/michael-flynn-national-security-adviser-donald-trump.html?_r=0

11/13/16 - President-elect Trump appointed a firebrand, alt-Right Conservative, Steve Bannon, as his special adviser to share power with his Chief Adviser. Bannon has no governmental experience. http://www.dailywire.com/news/8441/i-know-trumps-new-campaign-chairman-steve-bannon-ben-shapiro

11/13/16 - President-elect Trump appointed former RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. Priebus is the establishment-type to counter the anti-establishment Bannon.'s scorched earth methods. Priebus has a lot of political experience.

Demographics of Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks

NOMINEE or APPOINTEE
POSITION
POLITICIAN
REGION
POLITICS
WEALTH
BACKGROUND
COMMENTS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elaine Chao
Dept of Transpotion Secretary
No
Mid-Atlantic
Conservative
Unknown
Sec Labor under Bush 43 & Sec DOT under Bush 41
Her service in cabinet position is checkered
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steven Mnuchin
Treasury Secretary
No
NorthEast
Conservative
$40 Million
Investment Banker, Film Producer
Major Fund Raiser for Trump
Tom Price
HHS Secretary
Yes
South
Tea Party
Unknown
Physician & Representative
Anti-ACA, Choice, Gay Rights & Pro-Gun
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wilbur Ross
Commerce Secretary
No
NorthEast
Republican (former D)
$2.4 Billion
Specialty - Leveraged Buyouts & Distressed Businesses
Helped Trump out in bankruptcy
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Possibilities

CURRENTLY RUMORED FOR SECRETARY OF STATE is Gov Mitt Romney. Not likely, but in my opinion, even though I didn't vote for him, Romney would probably be a very smart choice and a very good Secretary..

Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NYC) is also rumored for the Secretary of State job. Giuliani is much more to the Right of Romney and extremely volatile. He would be a better fit with Trump, but worse at Sec State than Romney.


Todd Ricketts, a Republican megadonor who is an owner of the Chicago Cubs, to be the deputy commerce secretary,


Donald Trump Lays Out His First 100-Day Plan

Donald Trump's First 100-Day Plan

PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP HAS LAID OUT in a the broad strokes of what he intends to do in his first 100 days in office. They are, in no particular order:

  • Withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
  • Cancel restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal; which means kill President Obama's Clean Power Plan which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32% by 2030
  • In order to reduce regulations on business he wants to eliminate two regulations for every one created
  • Direct the Department of Defense to develop a compreensive plan to protect vital American infrastructure from cyber and all other attacks
  • Begin investigating all abuses of the American visa system
  • Prohibit Executive branch officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave so that they can't enrich themselves from government service

How Is President-Elect Doing?

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Chart 1 - GDP (2009$) SINCE 2006Chart 2 - Employment Numbers (000) From 2006 to 2020Chart 3 - Unemployment and Participation Rates (1981 - 2020)
Chart 1 - GDP (2009$) SINCE 2006
Chart 1 - GDP (2009$) SINCE 2006 | Source
Chart 2 - Employment Numbers (000) From 2006 to 2020
Chart 2 - Employment Numbers (000) From 2006 to 2020 | Source
Chart 3 - Unemployment and Participation Rates (1981 - 2020)
Chart 3 - Unemployment and Participation Rates (1981 - 2020) | Source

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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

just read pompeo is tea party guy backed by koch bros....remember, in 2010, after repubs won congress, there was welcome home party for gabby giffords? and boehner skipped it to host party to celebrate their big win...with koch bros.

lewandowski is koch bros guy, as is scott brown. brown's senate win here in mass was a surprise. turns out afp was here going door-to-door. and what did he do???his was THE vote that allowed republicans to stop banking reform the dems were trying to push through before congress went back to red.

americans for prosperity. koch bros. still at it!


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peoplepower73 2 weeks ago from Placentia California

Trump has surrounded himself with his loyalists and people that think like he does. This can be very dangerous for our country, because it can lead to a "Group Think" mentality. This is where everybody is in agreement with the leader and there is no outside influence to provide opposing views and balance to the issues. This is what happened with the neocons and the Bush administration. They all agreed to invade Iraq and take out Saddam Hussein. Look where that got us. He is more like a king with his court and they are afraid to cross the king.


HSchneider 2 weeks ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

I have been following and examining Trump's appointments and possible appointments and I feel exactly as you do. His choices for the most part are very scary with a sprinkling of the sane to keep us somewhat happy. We all need to continue to follow this and also his conflicting business interests. I believe he wants to turn our government into an arm of Trump Inc. Very scary. Excellent Hub as always, My Esoteric.


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My Esoteric 2 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

LoveMyChris - I agree with your sentiments but the Kock's are that omnipotent, close, but not totally. The Koch's hated Trump and did not have anything to do with him. Scott is not a Libertarian, just a sort of moderate Republican; I doubt Kochs have much to do with him either.

Tea Party? Well that is a different story since they founded the Tea Party.

PeoplePower - the Group Think took hold two years ago; that is why Trump is president.

HS - I simply cannot see how he can escape the weekly onslaught of conflict of interest scandals that will come with his presidency.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

yes, like making money off foreign leaders who stay at his hotel.

he met pm of japan at his home, for god sakes! you think that was for u s of a??

and this business of his daughter and son in law at all his meetings....oh no. no one elected them!


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

according to the Hill, trump advisor says mitt romney met with trump so he could "kiss his ring"

(pause)


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My Esoteric 2 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

Romney seems to be up for Sec State. Personally, I like Romney, but I am not so hot on his politics. Nevertheless, take away running for President, he is essentially a moderate Republican and based on his history, would probably do very well in that position; better than any other person might chose.

One of Trump's many downfalls as President will be an unrelenting avalanche of conflict of interests; it could very well lead to impeachment.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

romney would set a good example. but i cant believe hes a serious choice, based on their disparate views on putin....unless romney agreed to change his.

and, is anyone going to mention that meeting in washington, ending with this group saying "hail trump", and giving the hitler salute?

rise of hate attacks against minorities and muslims?

when does HE give the big race speech like obama had to do???


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My Esoteric 2 weeks ago from Keystone Heights, FL Author

One of things Trump has said, which is driving the world crazy, is that he is going to be unpredictable. Since I don't believe any other word he says, I will have to wait to see what he does.


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lovemychris 2 weeks ago from Cape Cod, USA

well, as far as im concerned, the horrible cruelty he used to get there is unforgivable, no matter what he now says or does.

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