Trump’s choices for Cabinet are troubling

Let’s take a closer look at the (mostly) white men that President-elect Donald Trump has tapped to fill his Cabinet.

He has chosen Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of Exxon Mobil, to be his secretary of state. Mr. Tillerson has an understandably fossil fuel-centric view of the world but, more to the point, has a $500 billion conflict of interest due to his oil deals with Russia.

Trump wants Scott Pruitt, an anti-clean water, anti-renewable energy, climate-change denier currently suing the Environmental Protection Agency, to head that agency.

He’s chosen anti-gay Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, despite his having been denied a federal judgeship due to troubling accusations of racism by his colleagues.

Trump wants Tom Price, an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, for Health and Human Services and Congressman Ryan Zinke, a proponent of oil drilling on federal lands, to head Interior. He wants Rick Perry, another ally of Big Oil and a supporter of the Dakota Access pipeline, to head Energy.

Trump picked Michael Flynn for national security adviser, despite his having acknowledged passing confidential information to foreign parties without the proper authorization.

And whatever happened to our founding precept of civilian control of the military? Defense nominee Gen. James Mattis is so newly retired he will need a congressional waiver in order to be confirmed.

I know — the people have spoken (they wanted Hillary Clinton) and elections have consequences. Let’s just hope we can survive them.

Doug McBride

Makena

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