President Donald Trump had filled his administration with many of his own friends and donors. But nearly a month into his presidency, his cabinet looks like a giant mess. Despite facing criticism from Democrats and the public, Betsy DeVos was confirmed as the secretary of education. DeVos was totally unqualified for the position for a plethora of reasons; one of them being her support for guns in schools for protection from grizzly bears — was met with strong public opposition in her first visit to a public school.
Jeff Sessions was appointed as the head of the Justice Department, despite the fact he was once deemed to racist for becoming a federal judge. He thinks that civil rights groups are "un-American" and is deeply anti- immigrant.
David Friedman, a Jewish lawyer from Long Island, who had no diplomatic experience and had extremely divisive views for the “two-state” solution to the Middle East crisis, was confirmed as US ambassador to Israel. He was met with severe protests from young Jewish and Palestinian activists at his confirmation.
Senior Trump adviser, Stephen Miller, also stirred controversies with his anti-judiciary comments. A lot like most of the controversial people in Trump’s cabinet, Miller has suspected ties to white nationalism. He has become an influential voice in the West Wing. Miller had a leading role in drafting the controversial travel ban restricting people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.
White House chief strategist, Stephen Bannon ordered the media to “keep its mouth shut,” thereby challenging freedom of speech in the country. Bannon is also a notorious holy warmonger. Nearly three years ago, he called for the formation of a “Christian militia.”
Former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned following controversies of his alleged contacts with Russians before Trump took office. The announcement came shortly after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested the president was “evaluating” his options after learning that Flynn allegedly lied about his secret communications with Kremlin and misled Vice President Mike Pence —and potentially, the FBI.
Flynn was also the first White House aide to be investigated by U.S. counterintelligence.
With all this chaos, Trump’s promise of making America great again, looks like a far-off dream.
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