Donald Trump’s Cabinet: Mostly white men and not much government experience


Donald Trump’s Cabinet is shaping up to be the least diverse in recent history, with just three people so far who are not white men.

Of the 13 people Trump has nominated for Cabinet positions, only Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development), Elaine Chao (Transportation) and Betsy DeVos (Education) are not both white and male.

There are still two Cabinet positions, Agriculture and Veterans Affairs, for which Trump has not nominated anyone. For Agriculture, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) has been mentioned as a front-runner.

As MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has noted, the line of succession to the presidency ― which includes the speaker of the House and the Senate president pro tempore ― is shaping up to consist of 12 white men unless Trump picks Heitkamp, or another woman or person of color, for agriculture secretary.

Trump’s proposed Cabinet would be far less diverse than those of the past three presidents when they first took office. Bill Clinton had eight people in his initial Cabinet who were not white men, George W. Bush had seven and Barack Obama had nine.

Huffington Post



3 responses to “Donald Trump’s Cabinet: Mostly white men and not much government experience”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Some small voice in the back of the mind says: ‘This could be a good thing’.
    Perhaps many of the problems are the people with the ‘experience’. Newbies tend to want to perform jobs better, and are willing to study what is actually needed to do them, even if that’s a little ‘rough’ on the one’s who didn’t.
    And hopefully, Trump will listen to them when they present facts – he has to learn too.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      And from a MOST wise discussion … long too … and real. With a real reporter.

  2. Donald Trump will turn the U.S. to his new business branch….

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