A retired general comes back to run Defense, if he gets the waiver from Congress to allow a military man into the post, which he probably will. Mattis believes Iran is dangerous. He also believes that Israeli policies are turning it into an apartheid state. He also said that he has never found torture to be useful, and that his preferred tools for getting answers are “a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers.”
Another retired general, John Kelley, is picked to run the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly is apparently a liberal voice on the matter of undocumented immigration. So there seems to be some hope from the generals.
Luckily Oklahoma governor ‘drill-baby-drill’ Mary Fallin has been passed over for Interior secretary. Instead ex-Navy Seal Montana republican congressman Ryan Zinke has been chosen.
But Trump is also surrounding himself with CEOs to run the US, and its foreign policy. The appointment of Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, confirms his insistence on a pro-Russian foreign policy stance.
If Trump’s cabinet is so far worth $14.5bn that’s largely because Wilbur Ross becomes secretary of commerce, Rod Rickets deputy secretary of commerce, Betsy De Vos secretary of education, and Linda MacMahon secretary of education.
The main worry is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt who is going to run the Environmental Protection Agency. He threatens to erase much of President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda.
However, Zinke as a representative of the hunting and fishing lobby, holds out hope for protection of America’s wild spaces.