First Cabinet Members Swiftly Confirmed By Senate


On Friday, only hours after Donald Trump was inaugurated, the first two member of his cabinet were confirmed by the Senate.

With a 98-1 vote, Retired Marine General, James Mattis, was confirmed by the Senate to become President Trump’s Secretary of Defense.


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While he retired from the military in 2013, Congress was required to approve a waiver to bypass the law which states that a Defense Secretary must be out of uniform for at least seven years prior to being appointed.

Congress easily passed the necessary waiver last week, which allowed Trump to sign the approved waiver as his first act as president.




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The Senate also overwhelmingly confirmed retired Gen. John Kelly as President Trump’s Secretary of Homeland Security.  Officials voted 88-11 in favor of Kelly, who says he supports President Trump’s plan of building a wall on the southern border of the U.S.

The Senate is expected to vote on Monday on the nominee for CIA director, Rep. Mike Pompeo.



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