Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Donald Trump Has Only Filled 28 Of His 690 Cabinet Positions... What Could Go Wrong?

We are under two days away from Trump's inauguration but apparently a lot longer than that from having a fully staffed Trump administration.

Overall, out of 690 positions requiring Senate confirmation tracked by the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service, Trump has only "announced" 28 people so far.

The nearly 700 unfilled executive branch appointments include Cabinet secretaries, deputy and assistant secretaries, chief financial officers, general counsel, heads of agencies, ambassadors and other critical leadership positions. All require Senate confirmation.

There is no Trump appointee for any of the top State Department jobs below secretary nominee Rex Tillerson. There is no Trump appointee for any of the top Department of Defense jobs below retired general James Mattis. There is no Trump appointee for any of the top Department of Treasury. There is no Trump appointee for any of the top Department of Justice? And there is no Trump appointee for  solicitor general, no one at civil rights, no one in the civil division and no one for the national security division.

Not to mention agencies that have yet to have anyone nominated by the president-elect at all.

Since Jan. 5th Trump has only added two nominations of the aforementioned 28 cabinet positions so for those doing the math, at this pace, there won't be 100 nominees by the end of February.

To give you an idea of just what a frightening situation this is here is the opening paragraph from a New York Times article entitled: Trump National Security Team Gets a Slow Start...

"The Obama administration has written 275 briefing papers for the incoming Trump administration: nearly 1,000 pages of classified material on North Korea’s nuclear program, the military campaign against the Islamic State, tensions in the South China Sea, and every other kind of threat the new team could face in its first weeks in office. 
Nobody in the current administration knows whether anyone in the next has read any of it."

The only possible explanation, besides complete incompetence is that Trump intends to just bypass the executive branch and run the nation, including its foreign policy, out of the White House.

My money is placed on complete incompetence.

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