Trump defends cabinet as hardline picks slammed
Donald Trump has vigorously defended his incoming cabinet against uproar from Democrats, green activists and workers unions who said his nominees for the environment and labour signalled a sharp shift to the right.
The 70-year-old president-elect, who has never previously held elective office, yesterday announced Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate skeptic, as environment chief and fast food executive Andy Puzder as labour secretary.
More than half his cabinet positions have now been filled, 43 days before the Republican is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the oldest man ever inaugurated into the office.
“I believe we’re in the process of putting together one of the great cabinets that has ever been assembled in the history of our nation,” Trump told a victory rally in Des Moines, Iowa. It was the third of his unorthodox “thank you” rallies feting his shock electoral defeat of Hillary Clinton in key swing states that have propelled him into the leadership of the most powerful democracy on earth.