Fusfoo Five: Politics (Post Picks)

HEAD THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: TOM PRICE 

President-elect Donald Trump has named Georgia Representative Tom Price as his pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, an agency trusted with an annual budget of more than $100 trillion dollars. Price, a long-time opponent of the Affordable Care Act, who has openly condemned the policy as a product of “a stifling and oppressive federal government,” is certainly no fan of the man who designed the policy. In 2009, when approached by a Huffington Post news crew, Price refused to answer a question regarding his stance on a conspiracy theory questioning President Barack Obama’s citizenship. Subsequently, a writer from The New Yorker claimed Price openly made comments to him questioning Barack Obama’s citizenship.

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2014 Tom Price Interview

#DHHS #AtWhatPrice #TrumpCabinet

 

UN AMBASSADOR: NIKKI HALEY

The Trump transition team has announced that current South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will serve as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Once a rumored vice presidential candidate, Haley was widely viewed as a Trump opponent during the recent campaign season. During a January 2016 speech that served as the GOP reply to President Obama’s State of the Union address, Haley suggested the nation’s Republicans consider ignoring the party’s “angriest voices,” a comment interpreted as a condemnation of Trump. The President-elect subsequently accused Haley of possessing a “very weak” stance on immigration, and last Spring, openly criticized the governor on Twitter.

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Nikki Haley Addresses Trump Comments

 #USUN #GOPVIP #TrumpCabinet

 

 ATTORNEY GENERAL: JEFF SESSIONS

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, an outspoken critic of illegal immigration and foreign workers long before the Donald Trump era, has been appointed as the President-elect’s new Attorney General. As the nation’s top law enforcement figure, Sessions will design all U.S. immigration reform, including new prosecution and deportation policies. Sessions’ appointment has raised immediate concern amongst immigration advocates, including Greg Chen of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, who said, “Sen. Sessions’ public statements and history on immigration give us a real reason to be concerned.” Chen went on to express doubt that Sessions’ values match those “embodied in the Constitution to protect due process and fairness.”

 Senator Jeff Sessions’ State of the Union Reply

#ImmigrationReform #SessionsQuestions #TrumpCabinet

 

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: BETSY DEVOS

Michigan billionaire and conservative activist Betsy DeVos has been appointed President-elect Donald Trump’s new Secretary of Education. DeVos is best known for her furtherance of American school voucher programs, systems that guarantee families funds to pay for their children’s religious and private school enrollment. While school choice advocates are elated, Democrats and teachers unions fear DeVos’ appointment may initiate a breakdown of the nation’s public school system. Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, recently echoed this sentiment, commenting that Trump’s choice “makes it loud and clear that his education policy will focus on privatizing, defunding and destroying public education in America.” Having branded America’s public education system as a “government-run monopoly,” Trump plans to seek a $20 billion allowance to finance school choice initiatives.

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Betsy DeVos Interview

#SchoolChoice #NationOfEducation #TrumpCabinet

 

 SECRETARY OF STATE: BIG QUESTION MARK? GUILIANI/ROMNEY/PETRAEUS

While the majority of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet appointments seem to have come without debate, the selection process for Secretary of State has become an extended and secretive one. As November ends, three candidates remain—former New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former CIA Director David Petraeus. Guiliani, a long-time Trump supporter, is rumored to be the current top pick. Petraeus, an accomplished military vet and intelligence strategist, is a late addition to the pool. Romney, who once labeled the President-elect “very, very not smart,” is perhaps the least favorite amongst top Republicans, including Trump campaign strategist Kellyanne Conway, who has criticized Romney on both the talk show circuit and Twitter.

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Wall Street Journal Secretary of State Summary

#Rudy? #Mitt? #David?

 

 

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