The second cabinet meeting for the Trump administration was held Monday, but it was the first time President Trump’s full Cabinet was all together for a meeting.
President Trump opened the meeting with remarks of his own, before allowing each cabinet member to introduce themselves and add their own remarks. The meeting then went behind closed doors, away from the media.
However, many members of the media are condemning the way the meeting began, with the cabinet members each thanking the President.
Vice President Mike Pence said in his introductory comments, “This is the greatest privilege of my life is to serve as vice president to a president who’s keeping his word to the American people.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, “It’s great to be here and celebrate this group.” He said law enforcement all over America are so thrilled that we are going to support them and work together to fight the rising crime. “It’s an honor to be able to serve you in that regard and to send the exact right message, and the response is fabulous around the country,” he concluded.
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, said, “Mr. President, I’m privileged to be here, and deeply honored, and I want to thank you for your commitment to the American workers.”
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “It’s a new day at the United Nations, we now have a very strong voice… the international community knows we’re back.”
On it went around the table as each cabinet member made their opening statements on the focus of their agenda and their appreciation to be a part of the administration.
Defense Secretary James Mattis said it’s an honor to represent the men and women of the Department of Defense, and “we are grateful for the sacrifices our people are making in order to strengthen our military.”
Reince Priebus state, “On behalf of the entire senior staff around you, Mr. President, we thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people, and we’re continuing to work very hard every day to accomplish those goals.”
CIA Director Mike Pompeo drew laughter when he stated, “It’s an honor to serve as your CIA Director, and it’s an incredible privilege to lead the men and women who are providing intelligence so we can do the national security mission, and in the finest tradition of the CIA, I’m not gonna say a damn thing in front of the media.”
Cabinet QOTD: “In the finest tradition of the CIA, I’m not gonna say a damn thing in front of the media.” -CIA Dir Mike Pompeo.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 12, 2017
Members of the media mocked the cabinet members for paying tribute to Trump.
Priebus just thanked Trump for the “blessing” of being able to work for him.
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 12, 2017
Trump is inviting his Cabinet members to go around the table praising him
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) June 12, 2017
This is deeply weird & screwed up. Trump’s cabinet takes turns talking about how great he is while he smiles & nods https://t.co/qx9pu3KPcM
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 12, 2017
Trump’s cabinet out here like… pic.twitter.com/6IN3kpiV7e
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 12, 2017
Never have seen a Cabinet meeting photo op quite like that one. Each member took turns praising Trump as he sat & nodded approvingly
— Julie Davis (@juliehdavis) June 12, 2017
I’ve never seen a Cabinet meeting like this one before.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 12, 2017
This interminable cabinet spray, where everybody pays tribute to Trump, is one of the most exquisitely awkward public events I’ve ever seen.
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 12, 2017
The public airing of praise from every one of Trump’s Cabinet members is the president as TV producer. He knows cables will cover.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) June 12, 2017
Below is a full video of the introductions and tributes from each member of the Trump administration.
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