With close to a fully confirmed cabinet, President Trump met with his highest-ranking officials Monday afternoon in his very first official “cabinet meeting.”
Trump mentioned the impending northeastern winter storm and preparations, praised Defense Secretary General Mattis and Homeland Secretary John Kelly for their early work in regards to United States security, and mentioned his ire for what is still a cabinet with empty seats.
“The entire northeast is under what seems to be a very severe winter storm warning, so let’s hope it’s not going to be as bad as some people are predicting,” said the president. Trump also conveyed the importance of federal officials to be ready to act at the expense the storm turns for the worst.
Trump also took the time to announce his frustration with not having all of his cabinet members present for the group’s first official meeting. “Unfortunately, not all of our cabinet members could join us,” Trump stated. “We have four empty seats, which is a terrible thing because the Senate Democrats are continuing to obstruct the confirmation of nominees.”
Cabinet confirmations still awaiting include Labor nominee Alexander Acosta, Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue, Director of National Intelligence selection Dan Coats, and potential U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer.
Given President Trump’s eagerness to attack the issue of trade, the Commander-in-Chief quipped he wants Lightizer in office “very badly”.
“The main victim of this very partisan obstruction is the American public,” Trump proclaimed.
Trump also discussed his optimism for Detroit’s automakers, the importance of repealing Obamacare and the amended executive order in regards to suspending the intake of immigrants.
Proud to welcome our great Cabinet this afternoon for our first meeting. Unfortunately 4 seats were empty because Senate Dems are delaying! pic.twitter.com/mykytxPkD9
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2017
— President Trump (@POTUS) March 13, 2017
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 13, 2017
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