A Look Into Trump’s Cabinet

By: Melissa Wang

I’ll tell you what. We have, by far, the highest IQ of any cabinet ever.
-Donald Trump

Jeff Sessions


When Jeff Sessions, Trump’s Attorney General, was a Republican senator from Alabama, he continually argued that the separation of church and state was unconstitutional. Sessions’ record is further complicated by the many racist accusations made against him. In 1986, Sessions was denied a federal judgeship when former colleagues testified that he frequently used the n-word and joked about the KKK. During his tenure, he is expected to take a harder approach to LGBTQ+ rights, as well as take more of an interest in religious freedom issues.

Rex Tillerson


Secretary of State Tillerson was formerly CEO of energy giant Exxon Mobil. While praised for his business acumen, Tillerson came under fire during his confirmation hearing for his close ties to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Tillerson’s Russian business interests stretch back to the 1990s, and in 2013, he received the Order of Friendship from Putin. Despite Trump’s inflammatory comments about leaving NATO, Tillerson has been quick to reassure the international community of America’s commitment. His major obstacles will include improving relations with both China and Russia.

Betsy DeVos


One of Trump’s most controversial picks, Secretary of Education DeVos came under fire for her lack of experience with the public school system as she was unable to answer several basic questions during her confirmation hearing, including a remark she made that guns should be allowed in public schools to fend off “potential grizzlies.” DeVos is also a strident activist for government voucher programs, where federal money would go toward paying tuition for private and religious education, as well as charter schools. In Michigan, she and her billionaire husband Dick DeVos significantly shaped the education landscape through the spread of charter schools, most of which are performing under state standards. Out of the three Republican “no” votes from the twelve confirmations so far, two were against DeVos.

Rick Perry

Energy Secretary Perry is one of Trump’s more ironic picks. During his 2012 presidential campaign, he said he would eliminate three departments: “Commerce, education, and the — What’s the third one?” It was the Energy Department. He recently released a statement saying that, under further review, the department was actually necessary.


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