SIO2: Trump’s Cabinet: Filling the Swamp

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In this episode, we start taking a look Trump’s picks for his cabinet members; beginning with his choices for Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury. Just to be sure we have some perspective, we go over the job descriptions and look at some of the individuals that held these positions during the Obama and G.W. Bush administrations. You might say we have some concerns…

Will ‘drain the swamp’ be Trump’s first broken promise?- Politco

Rex Tillerson, an Aggressive Dealmaker Whose Ties With Russia May Prompt Scrutiny- NY Times

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick is a Lucky Man. Very Lucky. -ProPublica


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Interesting discussion of Tillerson. A couple weeks ago, Rachel Maddow did a segment on Tillerson and some of his “coporate diplomacy” around the world…it is an interesting look at how he has spent a portion of career directly opposed to American foreign policy.

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Some Guy

I remember hearing Kellyanne Conway defending Tillerson from criticism that he’s too financially enmeshed with Russian interests by responding “it’s not like they’re friends.” As if that was the concern, as if we were worried that Tillerson would struggle to choose between his best good friend Putin and America’s interests, as if a member of Trump’s inner circle would hesitate to sell out any of their loved ones for some meager financial gain. The whole thing is just some humiliating clown show endurance test. Reporters are shouting policy questions about deteriorating relationships with foreign nations as he shuffles in and… Read more »