With Trump’s cabinet picks coming to an end, the picture is becoming clearer. We are now able to see the patterns within the picks, and there is a clear business oriented shift with the people selected. Trump has appointed higher ups from multiple companies, as well as others with business experience, and he has even met with many executives in a meeting to discuss issues relating to businesses. According to the Wall Street Journal, “The group discussed job creation, China, tax cuts, repatriating foreign assets, education, infrastructure, and eliminating rules that prevent U.S. firms from doing business abroad, according to a release from Mr. Trump’s transition team. The group might meet as often as quarterly, the release said. Amazon.com Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, who was criticized by Mr. Trump during the campaign, said the meeting was productive. “I shared the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country, in all sectors, not just tech—agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing—everywhere.”’ This meeting has been under some scrutiny, but many of the executives in attendance have said it was very productive and worthwhile.
Rex Tillerson, the Chief Executive of Exxon Mobil is Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, a surprising pick. The Washington Post reported, “After Tillerson’s nomination was official, several Republican senators offered various degrees of support, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He said in a statement: “I look forward to supporting his nomination.” In a statement, Trump called Tillerson an “embodiment of the American Dream” and cited the oil executive’s “tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics.” Rex Tillerson is a surprising pick, especially with other choices on the table, such as Mitt Romney, David Petraeus, and Rudy Giuliani. Many people were definitely surprised by this pick, but this does make sense following the rest of the cabinet choices.
President-Elect Trump’s pick for Secretary of Labor, Andrew Puzder, is another pick that is very business-oriented. According to the New York Times, “President-elect Donald J. Trump on Thursday chose Andrew F. Puzder, chief executive of the company that franchises the fast-food outlets Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. and an outspoken critic of the worker protections enacted by the Obama administration, to be secretary of labor.
“Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. Mr. Puzder, 66, fits the profile of some of Mr. Trump’s other domestic cabinet appointments. He is a wealthy businessman and political donor and has a long record of promoting a conservative agenda that takes aim at President Obama’s legacy.” Puzder has been criticized for his opposition to minimum wage increases, and his strong conservative voice will be a big benefit for the working class and small business owners of the US.
Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury is also a business executive. “Steve Mnuchin worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years, leaving in late 2002 at age 39 with a reported $46 million stake in the bank, according to the Wall Street Journal. He then accepted a job with business magnate George Soros, one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest donors. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Dune Capital Management, a private investment firm. Trump has described Mnuchin as “a professional at the highest level with an extensive and very successful financial background.”
With the cabinet picks being decided and the available positions coming to an end, we can see the pro-business message coming out of these picks. There are many executives that Trump has picked that know firsthand about free-market success and how to effectively support businesses, big and small. Although some are worried about the lack of government experience with some of these picks, it’s important to remember that the government represents the people, and President-Elect Trump is choosing people who are actual citizens and know what we need in order to let businesses succeed and allow for more business and economic growth in the US.
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