Trump's cabinet trouble

It’s quite hard to go a day without having a news alert pop up on your phone, referring to somethingabout President Donald Trump. Regardless of political party, the country has been increasingly occupied with the recent stories about his frequently changing administration and how this could affect the American people. As a result, many Americans have developed strong opinions on the matter.

Many view these changes as markers of Trump’s incompetence. “The rapid turnover and the instability in personnel impacts the average person’s feeling of legitimacy toward the government. Furthermore, it’s probably going to impact how they view electability in the future, and that in turn will impact President Trump’s credibility,” AP Government and Politics teacher John Carmichael said.

However, some approve of these changes. “One benefit that may come from [the changing cabinet members] is that he may find somebody who is more well liked. It may be an opportunity to win over some people,” US History teacher Jesse Tierney said.

An interview attempt was conducted to Pat Tiberi, Republican US Representative for Ohio’s 12th

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Congressional District, but was directed to one of his helpful representative’s Olivia Hnat, who did not offer information that was helpful for this story.

Betsy DeVos was appointed Secretary of Education on Feb. 7. Many were upset with her appointment because she had never taught in a public school, been on a public school board, or sent her children to public school. She is also an activist of school choice, which includes charter schools, magnet schools, education savings accounts and tax deductions for private school related expenses.

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Jeff Sessions was appoint- ed attorney general on Feb. 13. Many Democrats cited Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter in opposition to his ap- pointment as a federal judge as a reason why he should not be attorney general. King felt that he would only work to reverse the achievements that her husband, Martin Luther King Jr, had made, according to LA Times.

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Michael T. Flynn resigned Feb. 13, less than a month into his term, after it was revealed that he had phone conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak before he was in office. He did not reveal this until after he was appointed and allegedly misled then Vice President-Elect Mike Pence about the extent of these conversations. Flynn was replaced by H.R. McMaster, who took office on Feb. 20, according to New York Times.

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On March 22, Trump picked former GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson to be the secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Some view Carson as fitting for the role because he grew up in the inner city and was able to get out of poverty. Yet others take issue with his more conservative political views particularly after he stated that “... poverty to a large extent is a state of mind.”

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

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resigned July 21 after the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci, who he felt was not qualified for the position. He was later replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders on July 26, according to the Washington Post.

Former Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon left his position to go back to Breitbart (a far right

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conservative news outlet) “If there’s any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media and in corporate America,” he said according New York Times.


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