A coun­try for old(ish) white men

CityPress - - News - Com­piled by Liezl Kritzinger. Sources: The At­lantic, The Guardian, NPR

Don­ald Trump has the dis­tinc­tion of nom­i­nat­ing the whitest, most male Cab­i­net since Ron­ald Rea­gan’s 1981 Cab­i­net picks. Here is a se­lec­tion of his more con­tro­ver­sial choices:

STATE DEPART­MENT:

Rex Tiller­son (64). Cli­mate change scep­tic and out­go­ing chairman of ExxonMo­bil, close ties to Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin.

DE­FENCE:

James N Mat­tis (66). Re­tired Marine Corps gen­eral, was greatly at odds with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. Nick­named Mad Dog.

CIA DIREC­TOR:

Mike Pom­peo (52). He falsely claimed that US Mus­lim or­gan­i­sa­tions and re­li­gious lead­ers had not con­demned ter­ror­ism after the Boston Marathon bomb­ings. Op­po­nent of clos­ing the de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity at Guan­tá­namo Bay, a vo­cal critic of the Iran nu­clear deal.

TREA­SURY:

Steven Mnuchin (53). For­mer Gold­man Sachs hedge fun­der and Hol­ly­wood pro­ducer. An­nounced he would over­see “the largest tax change since Rea­gan” and said his “No 1 pri­or­ity is tax re­form”.

AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL:

Jeff Ses­sions (69). An im­mi­gra­tion hard­liner. For­mer col­leagues tes­ti­fied that he used the n-word, called a black as­sis­tant US at­tor­ney “boy” and joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan were “okay un­til I found out they smoked pot”.

LABOUR:

An­drew F Puzder (66). Restau­rant ex­ec­u­tive op­er­at­ing fast food chains. Fer­vent critic of govern­ment reg­u­la­tion and staunch op­po­nent of min­i­mum wage laws. Blames Oba­macare for in­creased labour costs and has di­ag­nosed a “govern­ment-man­dated restau­rant re­ces­sion”.

HEALTH AND HU­MAN SER­VICES:

Tom Price (62). Orthopaedic sur­geon staunchly op­posed to Oba­macare. At­tempted to de­fund Planned Par­ent­hood in 2015 through a bud­get ma­noeu­vre. Seen as an op­po­nent of women’s health pro­grammes. De­scribed as hav­ing “a 100% pro-life record”.

EN­ERGY:

Rick Perry (66). Long­est-serv­ing gov­er­nor in Texas his­tory, for­mer two-time pres­i­den­tial can­di­date and Danc­ing with the Stars con­tes­tant. Cli­mate change scep­tic.

HOUS­ING AND UR­BAN DEVEL­OP­MENT:

Ben Car­son (65). The only black man in the cab­i­net. He ran the depart­ment of pae­di­atric neu­ro­surgery at Johns Hop­kins for 30 years, but has no govern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence. Ve­he­ment lover of bizarre con­spir­acy the­o­ries – com­pares abor­tion to slav­ery and same-sex marriage to pae­dophilia.

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL PRO­TEC­TION AGENCY:

Scott Pruitt (48). A cli­mate change de­nier and long­time en­emy of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency.

CHIEF STRATE­GIST:

Steve Ban­non (63). Trump cam­paign chief ex­ec­u­tive, for­mer chairman of Bre­it­bart News. Har­vard, Gold­man Sachs, doc­u­men­tary film maker. He is also the ar­chi­tect of Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­ders.

Ban­non’s web­site was a clear­ing house for hate speech of all kinds in­clud­ing white na­tion­al­ism, anti-Semitism, im­mi­grant-ha­tred and misog­yny. He pub­lished news head­lines like “Birth Con­trol Makes Women Unattrac­tive and Crazy” and “There’s No Hir­ing Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at In­ter­views”.

He’s been charged with do­mes­tic abuse by his ex-wife, although the charges were later dropped.

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