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President-elect Trump’s Cabinet

“Mad Dog” isn’t normally what one would refer to as the appointed Secretary of Defense of the United States of America. However, in President-elect Donald Trump’s reality, unfortunately ours too, it is.

Donald Trump has begun to add his own share of Cabinet appointees in light of the transition. Currently, 7 out of 15 Cabinet department positions have been filled, with the seven appointees awaiting Senate confirmation. Steve Bannon, Steven Mnuchin, and James “Mad Dog” Mattis are just a few of his latest selections. Old political rivals such as Ben Carson, Mitt Romney and a close ally of Trump, Rudolph W. Giuliani, are in Trump’s deep consideration of positions of Secretary of State and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

On the campaign trail, one of Trump’s main messages was to “drain the swamp” and overthrow the establishment. However, with these cabinet choices of his, it seems that Trump is once again breaking his promises and displaying his incompetency to lead the nation.

As a man of contentious actions and ideals, Trump’s Cabinet does not fail to represent his short-sided values. Bannon, appointed chief strategist, has made derogatory remarks against Muslims and women. Bannon currently serves as chairman of Breitbart News, infamously known for its white supremacist, alt-right, and racial views. He has also expressed his dislike in the CEO’s of leading technological companies because of their race. Mnuchin has been appointed as Secretary of Treasury, as a man of no government background. Although he has served as Trump’s finance chairman for his campaign, he follows in Trump’s footsteps of acquiring a government position without having any government experience.

Former Governor of Massachusetts Romney is the presumed appointee for Secretary of State. Despite starting off with a rocky relationship, both sides have come to terms on how they will unite and work together to create a unified government and party.

When considering Carson for Secretary of Education, Carson has expressed his concern about not being fit for a government job despite running for president during the primaries. Then, Carson was considered as a choice for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. When asked in an interview about what he knew about housing and urban development, the only answer Carson was able to find was “growing up in an inner city.”

Mattis has been appointed as Secretary of Defense. Mattis is a retired United States Marine Corps general and has served in the Marines for over four decades. He may be an admirable figure in the military, but his aggressive character may cause serious consequences when negotiating in military affairs.

“You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them. Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people. I’ll be right up there with you. I like brawling.” These inflammatory words are not the only controversial ones that have been spoken by Mattis. However, because of his past actions in Iraq by overruling senior generals and calling for more bomb-proof vehicles when it was not part of the budget plan, Democrats in Congress are working to vote against the waiver that signs Mattis into the position.

Trump’s Cabinet is not yet completed, but it is bound to be filled with people of foolish values, considering his early selections for department heads that play a crucial role in the country’s economic development, security and foreign affairs. A dangerous man reciprocates with a dangerous cabinet. The future of the United States has never looked so unpredictable.

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