Biden said his cabinet would “bring the Mayor Petes of the world into this administration… and even if they don’t come in, their ideas come into this administration.”
In Tom Friedman’s world, a Cabinet officer’s faithful execution of a president’s policies after private disagreement is both ‘cowardly’ and ‘slimy,’ not to mention cause for eternal damnation.
The media’s biggest target after Trump is Pruitt, the president’s most effective cabinet secretary. Ousting him would be a huge victory for Trump’s opponents.
The public’s eagerness to see a general impose order on the White House—with the president’s blessing, no less—represents a potentially dangerous bargain.
Over the course of the lengthy hearing, his testimony painted a coherent picture of what a Rex Tillerson-style American foreign policy might look like.
Unlike Obama and Kerry’s approach to diplomacy, which starts with what the people on the other side of the table want or will accept, Rex Tillerson starts with what America needs.
Trump’s Cabinet is not trained in spin and convincing people of policies that don’t work. His nominees have real-world experience, and that’s what we need.
Federal law currently bars James Mattis from taking the job of defense secretary. Congress should change that.
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