A country for old(ish) white men

2017-02-05 06:16
Steve Bannon. Picture: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/

Steve Bannon. Picture: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/

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Washington - Donald Trump has the distinction of nominating the whitest, most male Cabinet since Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Cabinet picks.

Here is a selection of his more controversial choices:

. STATE DEPARTMENT:

Rex Tillerson (64). Climate change sceptic and outgoing chairman of ExxonMobil, close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

. DEFENCE:

James N Mattis (66). Retired Marine Corps general, was greatly at odds with the Obama administration. Nicknamed Mad Dog.

. CIA DIRECTOR:

Mike Pompeo (52). He falsely claimed that US Muslim organisations and religious leaders had not condemned terrorism after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Opponent of closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, a vocal critic of the Iran nuclear deal.

. TREASURY:

Steven Mnuchin (53). Former Goldman Sachs hedge funder and Hollywood producer. Announced he would oversee “the largest tax change since Reagan” and said his “No 1 priority is tax reform”.

. ATTORNEY GENERAL:

Jeff Sessions (69). An immigration hardliner.

Former colleagues testified that he used the n-word, called a black assistant US attorney “boy” and joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan were “okay until I found out they smoked pot”.

. LABOUR:

Andrew F Puzder (66). Restaurant executive operating fast food chains. Fervent critic of government regulation and staunch opponent of minimum wage laws.

Blames Obamacare for increased labour costs and has diagnosed a “government-mandated restaurant recession”.

. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:

Tom Price (62). Orthopaedic surgeon staunchly opposed to Obamacare. Attempted to defund Planned Parenthood in 2015 through a budget manoeuvre.

Seen as an opponent of women’s health programmes. Described as having “a 100% pro-life record”.

. ENERGY:

Rick Perry (66). Longest-serving governor in Texas history, former two-time presidential candidate and Dancing with the Stars contestant. Climate change sceptic.

. HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT:

Ben Carson (65). The only black man in the cabinet. He ran the department of paediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins for 30 years, but has no government experience.

Vehement lover of bizarre conspiracy theories – compares abortion to slavery and same-sex marriage to paedophilia.

. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY:

Scott Pruitt (48). A climate change denier and longtime enemy of the Environmental Protection Agency.

. CHIEF STRATEGIST:

Steve Bannon (63). Trump campaign chief executive, former chairman of Breitbart News.

Harvard, Goldman Sachs, documentary film maker. He is also the architect of Trump’s executive orders.

Bannon’s website was a clearing house for hate speech of all kinds including white nationalism, anti-Semitism, immigrant-hatred and misogyny.

He published news headlines like “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy” and “There’s No Hiring Bias Against Women in Tech, They Just Suck at Interviews”.

He’s been charged with domestic abuse by his ex-wife, although the charges were later dropped.

Compiled by Liezl Kritzinger. Sources: The Atlantic, The Guardian, NPR

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