TRUMP’S CABINET IS FINALLY FULL: Meet who he’s chosen for senior leadership positions

While President Donald Trump still has hundreds of key positions to fill that will shape his next four years in office, his Cabinet is now full.

Trump has 24 official members of his Cabinet, and 111 days after he became president, the Senate has confirmed all of them. In the months since Trump took office, multiple high-level hires have withdrawn from the confirmation process, and one senior adviser resigned.

Meet who Trump has named to counsel him for the next four years:

trump Cabinet Confirmed

US Trade Representative: Robert Lighthizer (confirmed)

Obama administration counterparts: Ron Kirk, Michael Froman

Duties: America’s main trade negotiator, develop and recommend trade policy to the president, coordinate trade policy within the government

Reactions: Lighthizer lines up with Trump’s stances on trade, particularly his harsh criticism of China, and even praised the businessman’s trade policies in a 2011 op-ed in the Washington Times. Those who support free trade and disagree with Trump’s views on the issue are therefore likely to disagree with Lighthizer, too. He does have experience serving in the executive branch, however — a characteristic many of Trump’s Cabinet picks lack. Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Ben Sasse of Nebraska voted against Lighthizer’s confirmation because of his opposition to the “North American Free Trade Agreement’s positive economic benefits.”

Labor Secretary: Alexander Acosta (confirmed)

Obama administration counterparts: Hilda L. Solis, Thomas Perez

Duties: enforce labor laws, including ones involving unions and other business-citizen relations

UPDATE 2/15: Top Republicans in the Senate encouraged the White House to withdraw Andrew Puzder’s nomination (Trump’s first labor pick), due to concerns that he wouldn’t receive the necessary votes for confirmation. Critics, notably labor unions, were concerned that Puzder would  ‘betray American workers‘ because he’s said in the past that machines are the answer to rising wages — not raising the minimum wage. Some women also expressed disgust that Puzder said he “like[s] beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis,” who star in the ads for Carl’s Jr., the fast food chain Puzder heads as CKE CEO. He dropped out of the running on February 15, a day before his confirmation hearing.

Reactions to Acosta: After Puzder’s polarizing pick, many on both sides of the aisle view Acosta as a sensible choice for the job. The AFL-CIO trade union said Acosta’s nomination deserves “serious consideration.” The Senate has confirmed him for other roles three times, so he was expected to sail through again, and did.

National Security Adviser: Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster (confirmed)

Obama administration counterparts: James Jones, Thomas Donilon, Susan Rice

Duties: Provide the president’s daily national security briefing; coordinate the administration’s foreign policy, intelligence, and military efforts

UPDATE 2/13: On February 13, Trump’s first National Security Adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, resigned after admitting that he may have discussed loosening American sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US before Trump was sworn into office, despite previously insisting he hadn’t. Flynn had been criticized for being anti-Islamic, for his questionable business ties to Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian president, for what some saw as his overly positive views toward Russia, and for promoting conspiracy theories on Twitter during Trump’s campaign. He was also accused of being too hawkish when he was DIA director, which is why a former Pentagon official alleged Flynn was forced out of the agency.

Reactions to McMaster: As a leading military scholar who’s well-respected by his troops and known for pushing back on authority, McMaster is seen as a solid choice to replace Flynn, whose appointment was mired by controversy. Even Democrats praised the pick, calling McMaster “brilliant.”

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