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TRUMP'S CABINET


STEVE DUSTCIRCLE



TRUMP'S CABINET


STEVE DUSTCIRCLE









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© 2018 aLife Beyond Books

Columbus, Ohio






COPYRIGHT © 2018 aLife Beyond Books


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ISBN-13: 978-1544769196

ISBN-10: 1544769199


Cover art by Steve Dustcircle

Cover photo by Gage Skidmorea, Visualhunt


File under nonfiction, not comedy or horror.






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Author: Steve Dustcircle

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For she who persisted


Other books by Steve Dustcircle:


Before Your First Gig

Deadpool 101

Harley Quinn 101

Help! I'm of Voting Age …

Napkins

Politics for the Disinterested

Ramblin' Man

Transport


Unchristianed Nation

Citing Atheists

The Frightful Fifty (in 2 volumes)

Mangasarian, Volume One

Poetry: The Dead Language, Vols. 1-3

The Quotable Dissenting Heretic

No, I Won't Buy Your eBook (2 versions)


CONTENTS:


Introduction


01. MIKE PENCE – VICE PRESIDENT

02. REX TILLERSON – STATE

03. STEVEN MNUCHIN – TREASURY

04. JAMES MATTIS – DEFENSE

05. JEFF SESSIONS – JUSTICE

06. RYAN ZINKE – INTERIOR

07. SONNY PERDUE – AGRICULTURE

08. WILBUR ROSS – COMMERCE

09. ALEXANDER ACOSTA – LABOR

10. BEN CARSON – HOUSING

11. ELAINE CHAO – TRANSPORTATION

12. RICK PERRY – ENERGY

13. BETSY DEVOS – EDUCATION

14. DAVID SHULKIN – VETERANS

15. JOHN F. KELLY – CHIEF OF STAFF

16. DAN COATS – INTELLIGENCE

17. NIKKI HALEY – U.N. AMBASSADOR

18. ROBERT LIGHTHIZER – TRADE

19. MICK MULVANEY – BUDGET

20. MIKE POMPEO – CIA DIRECTOR

21. SCOTT PRUITT – ENVIRONMENT

22. LINDA MCMAHON – SMALL BUSINESS

23. KIRSTJEN NIELSEN – SECURITY

24. ALEX AZAR – HEALTH


About the Author














INTRODUCTION


2016 saw quite an election. Three parties lost; one had won.


But in reality, was it really the party that had won? Well, perhaps that might be great for another book to explore. That book would lean more towards Political Philosophy.


This one, however, is more like Politicos Biography. It sounds more dull and less complicated, but I assure you that if you have an interest in who has control over your life and your kids' or grandkids' lives, this book is a necessity in your library.


This book has taken a little more than a year to complete, not because I was keeping current score of each cabinet member in the current administration, but rather because the cabinet itself kept changing. It seemed that every other week, a high-ranking official in the White House would walk off his job and quit, or President Donald Trump would lose his temper and fire the individual. It was happening so frequently, I almost considered writing two books: one about the original cabinet members and one about the last men and women standing.


Many chapters have been deleted from the first draft of this book—some of which became Medium.com articles—and the same amount of chapters had to be either rewritten to reflect the new post (like in the case of Flynn), or drafted afresh to reflect a new replacement.


I've joked with my friends when they asked what I was working on this year that while I was working on a book about Donald Trump's confirmed nominees to cabinet positions, I assured them that I wasn't writing a comedy or a horror. This is indeed a work of non-fiction, though I can see how one could refuse to accept this reality: it can truly be called a comedic horror based on true events.


Every single claim in this book is considered to be true, at lease from y research. Every biographical statement can be located in an article written elsewhere: in journals, newspapers, and magazines. The citations are categorized alphabetically by the publication's URL and should be clickable in this book's ebook format. I trusted in journalist integrity and responsible source material for each chapter.


Any information that is futuristically found to be false, I would gladly recant and update the book to reflect corrected errors, provided that the error is significant and comes with substanciated proof.


In closing, I'd like to give credit to my awesome wife, Cynthia, for reading through the first draft with her searching, beautiful eyes. I appreciate that you're such an encouraging teammate.


No matter which party you vote under the banner as, may the following chapters make us realize the type of person the American people can ignorantly elect—someone who would put many persons in high-ranking offices who are mostly not qualified to hold their positions. And no matter what party you claim to be, we still have some scary years ahead for us.


To everyone else: Enjoy the read.


Steve Dustcircle, January 2018


P.S. A few errors were discovered in the first chapter by a reader. They have been corrected in this revised copy. If you had purchased the digital copy, this edition's corrected.














MIKE PENCE


VICE PRESIDENT




The Vice President of the United States of America is the highest officer in the Legislative Branch and is a member of the National Security Council and would replace the President if he or she were removed from office either by impeachment or death.


The “Veep” is considered the president of the United States Senate and only casts votes in Congress if there is a tie between parties. His or her office usually takes a more moderate or radical position on issues from the President, to help balance views and actions.


The Vice President with the elected President Donald Trump currently is childhood altar boy Mike Pence, the former Republican Governor of Indiana.


Michael Richard Pence was born and raised in Indiana with five siblings. His grandparents on both sides were Irish immigrants. His father fought in the Korean War.


In his young adult years, Mike Pence was a Catholic Democrat, being motivated to get into politics by watching John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King's leadership.


In college, he converted to evangelicalism, and began to lean more right-wing, adopting then-president Ronald Reagan's policies. His mother was not amused.


He earned a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. It was then that Mike Pence practiced law in his own firm.


In 1991, Pence was president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation, which helps promote free market capitalism with almost no government oversight. This Libertarian non-profit organization is a part of the State Policy Network, which has branches in other states.


Pence attempted to become a congressman twice—quitting his job the second time around—before settling into a position as a right-wing radio talk show host from 1994 to 1999. He lost either because of (or in spite of?) portraying his opponent's supporters in a commercial as grateful Middle Eastern extremists.


In 2000, Mike Pence finally got his foot in the door as a congressman in 2001, and stayed a representative for about twelve years. In Congress, he belonged to the Tea Party Caucus, founded by Minnesota flake and Oral Roberts University graduate Michelle Bachmann. The caucus is defunct at the time of this writing.


In 2001 and 2002, Pence was against President George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind proposal and his Medicare prescription expansion policy.


In 2006, Mike Pence ran for minority leader in the House of Representatives using Newt Gingrich's catchy “return to the values” phrase, but lost to John Boehner 168-27.


Even with this loss, two years later, Esquire named Pence as one of the ten best members of Congress, not because of his effectiveness but because of his staunch right-wing conservatism.


From 2009 to 2011, Mike Pence was the chairman for the HRC (House Republican Conference), and showed “Christian” support for the Tea Party Movement, an alt-right offshoot of the Republican Party that supported Libertarians and Glenn Beck politics, and opposed universal healthcare and tax increases.


It has been said of him that he doesn't just wear his faith on his sleeve, but instead “he wears the entire Jesus jersey.” We will soon get to see how Jesus apparently would have acted as a politician, if Pence is indeed “cloaked in Christ.”


During this time, he introduced 90 bills, mostly to hinder or trample upon other Indiana residents' lifes and rights and scientific growth—including criticizing the stopping the spread of HIV, condom use, living wages, stem-cell research, and LGBTQ equality.


In 2013, Mike Pence assumed the office of Governor of the state of Indiana, where he pushed for tax cuts and education spending. Not a bad thing in itself, but it's his other stances that garnered him notoriety.


When people spoke out against Pence and his leadership in 2013 on the Facebook page for his office, he was caught deleting comments of critique, ridicule, and interrogation.


Pence inherited the state of Indiana at a $2 billion deficit and was able to swing the state into a $2 billion surplus. However, he did it by cutting millions of dollars in the double-digits from the budgets of education, social services, and from the department of corrections.


Regarding education, the cuts were to higher education, but not to pre-schoolers. They received bonus funding, as did voucher programs and charter (mostly, religious) schools. The statistically better education of public schooling suffered and Pence was met with much protesting. The annual voucher cost was over $53 million, about twice what he cut from the Family and Social Service Association.


The statistics within the state reflected its losses. Indiana's job growth went below the national average, economically was one of the slowest growers, had dragging manufacturing fields, and two major companies cut over 2,000 of its employment force and moved to Mexico.


Pence bewilderingly approved $24 million in incentives to companies that ended up moving their job outsourcing overseas. Coincidentally, this is the exact same amount he had cut from the college and university budget.


Mike Pence signed into law a mandate that kept any businesses within the state of Indiana from having to keep a minimum wage (other than what was required by the national law). “Prevailing wages,” well, prevailed in Pence's Indiana.


In 2015, unemployment insurance payments spiked in Indiana, which required a federal loan of quarter of a million dollars.


This same year, Pence stepped up his efforts to kick renewable energy options out of his state, staking that “Indiana is a pro-coal state.” He claimed that the EPA was at war against coal and filed a lawsuit against President Obama. He declared that if Indiana lost the case, they would proceed to break the federal law and never obey the Clean Power Plan, though coal is finite, and air/solar isn't.


In 2015, Pence had talked about forming his own news television channel, JustIN, funded by tax-payer money. However, he was met with much backlash about how he and his office may spin the local, “independent” news, espeically if he were to run for President of the United States the following year.


Mike Pence stands strong against the LGBTQ community for standing for Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a piece of legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against anyone, if they claimed it was in the name of their religion. Only after strong opposition did Pence feel forced to give in to protecting others.


You might also recall his clashing in 2017 with local educational leader, Glenda Ritz, about his preoccupation with transgender students and restroom stall use.


Strangely, Pence was against students knowing the bare minimum of English and math, otherwise known as the Common Core. At the end of every grade, a student should be able to pass a standard test of word usage, reading, and arithmetic. It might be assumed that the vouchers for religious schools and home-schools might not teach their students well enough in adding, subtracting, and spelling.


Pence is not a fan of foreigners. He dislikes Muslim immigrants and tried to ban refugees from distraught countries from moving into Indiana. A federal judge ruled that this was unconstitutional.


Mike Pence is staunchly against abortion, even in the case of fetal deformation and Down syndrome. This means, he is against Planned Parenthood Foundation of America, even though 97% of PPFA's services include other health care necessities like pregnancy testing, cancer screenings, birth control, fertility care, HIV testing, and many other services.


Some counties in Indiana have no other healthcare for younger people besides PP, which Pence was sucessful in getting removed by defunding it. Without the clean needle exchange and HIV testing, southern Indiana had a huge increase in AIDS infections and heroin abuse. While he eventually let some counties return to doing needle exchange programs, he refused to let it be funded by the state.


However, for the 3% of Planned Parenthood's services that include abortion, Pence signed into law that the undesired fetus to be buried or cremated, something no other state required.


Even while claiming to be “pro-life,” Mike Pence is quite pro-gun. He's almost fanatical about them. After the 2015 mass shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he questionably employed the National Rifle Association—a civilian organization—to train the Indiana National Guard, a military branch.


Additionally, while a lawsuit was delayed and still pending in Gary against gun manufacturers and sellers, Pence pushed through a bill that would limit who can sue gun and ammo dealers and makers. A supporter of this bill, Jim Tomes, who promised gun dealers and developers work space in Indiana.


Pence also legalized “captive hunting,” where you can seek, maim and kill your own home-raised deer, or rent time on someone's farm who raised the deer.


Indiana has one of the worst rankings for smoking problems, but Pence voted against the FDA being able to regulate tobacco. He literally claimed, “smoking doesn't kill.”


Mike Pence continously denied requests for public information, despite the Freedom of Information Act while in the governor's office. After Pence left office to follow President Trump around, the state released information to the media outlets that made public records requests. This disclosed that Pence had used private emails and servers to secretly conduct political business.


Ironic, considering this was Pence's and other Republicans' harshest critiques about then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. In the 2016 election primaries, Pence had openly supported Ted Cruz, saying that he had strong oppositional feelings about candidate Donald Trump's vulgarity.


When he was brought on to team up with Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign, Mike Pence removed himself from re-election to the governor office.


Pence has strong financial connection to the notorious Koch brothers and is a huge supported for the “Mexican-funded” border wall in the United States.


Recently, Mike Pence started the PAC, Great America Committee, the only time a political action committee had ever been formed by a vice president while he or she was still in office. It's been spectulated that he might be eyeing something for 2020, if not for himself, for a friend of his.


Some other stamces that Pence has that the reader might be curious to know about:


  • He is very proud of being white—Irish particularly.

  • He wanted to privatize Social Security, at least in part.

  • He is for the PATRIOT Act, a law that violates the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

  • He is all-in regarding the war in Iraq.

  • He is pro-Israel and is anti-Palestine.

  • He disagrees with scientists regarding climate change.

  • He stands harsh against marijuana use and endorses heavy sentences on offenders.

  • He is against online gambling.

  • He has paid his mortgage payments with political contributions.

  • He believes that a god created the earth, but will not say he is against the reality of evolution.

  • And regarding Citizens United (in which corporations are regarded as persons and can sway elections), he said “freedom won.”


FiveThirtyEight has said that Mike Pence is one of the most controversial right-wing conservatives they have ever met.


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REX TILLERSON


SECRETARY OF STATE



If something were to befall the President of the United States and his or her Vice President, the next person who would then become the new acting POTUS would be the United States Secretary of State.


The 69th person to hold the position is former ExxonMobil CEO and former Boy Scouts president, Rex Wayne Tillerson of Texas.


Rex Tillerson was born in 1952 and named after two Hollywood cowboy actors. His father was deeply involved with the Boy Scouts of America, so it was only natural that Rex would join, rising to rank of Eagle Scout.


Tillerson's school-year jobs were as a bus boy and as a janitor, in addition to being in the school band his senior year.


He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Civil Engineering in 1975. While at college, he was involved with the band there also. He was also a member of Tejas Club, a fraternity organization with loose ties to Skull and Bones (Yale secret society) and the Machine (of the University of Alabama).


Upon graduation, he immediately started his career at the Exxon Company as an engineer. Fourteen years later—in 1989—he became a high level manager, and in 1998 he moved up to Vice President. He was also in charge of the company's holdings in Russia at this time with the state-owned oil company Rosneft.


A year later, Mobil merged with Exxon, and in 2006, Tillerson assumed the position of CEO of ExxonMobil.


Under his leadership, ExxonMobil worked closely with its oil interests in Saudi Arabia and a couple other Middle Eastern countries, mostly making deals under ExxonMobil's overseas business arm, Infineum. It's interesting to note that the name bears little resemblance to the umbrella corporation's name.


In 2009, ExxonMobil acquired “natural” gas giant, XTO Energy, and Pence suggested that ExxonMobil should be get carbon-taxed but never stepped forward on it.


About this time, he was lobbying against the Dodd-Frank reform and protections rule that allowed financial disclosures to foreign governments of interest in the said business. He is also for the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and is for free—not fair—trade.


That same year, Tillerson was inducted into the Eagle Scout Hall of Fame. He has cited that the best part of his childhood was his involvement with the BSA.


As recent as 2014, Tillerson has opposed sanctions against Russia and has made recent deals with Vladimir Putin on behalf of Exxon. In 2017, the company was sued by the United States Treasury Department for $2 million, and ExxonMobil returned a lawsuit in favor. He is quite against government regulations in safety and fairness.


Rex Tillerson had been married twice and has four children, two from each marriage. He has a home in Bartonville, Texas, as well as one in Washington, D.C.


Religiously, he is a Congregationalist, a Reformist denominational sect of Reformed churches. They believe that each member church should operate independently from the main group.


In 2015, Forbes named him as the 25th most powerful man in the world, prior to his office in the 2017 Trump cabinet.


He's a long-time contributor to Republican candidates throughout the years, giving about half of a million dollars in just over 15 years. Tillerson was not a fan of Donald Trump's 2016 election bid, giving financially instead to Jeb Bush's campaign fund.


Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice recommended Rex Tillerson instead of Mitt Romney for the position to president-elect Donald Trump. He has a hard line stance on North Korea and their treatment of its citizens and neighbors, but seems to not want to label Saudi Arabia as a human-rights-violating country. How ironic.


Tillerson accepted his nomination to the office of Secretary of State nevertheless, and promised to drop all hands-on interest in the ExxonMobil corporation. On January 3, 2017, a deal was supposedly made.


After his confirmation into the office of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson wasted no time to start meetings with foreign leaders in Russia, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.


While not having his hands in the oil industry, it does seem that he will apparently reap the huge rewards of the limited supply of Big Oil.


It was the first thing he did, was run to foster and develop those oil country relationships—right in the face of the wind and underneath the sun, which are renewable and endless. After all, he only owns about $218 million in Exxon stock.


In closing, Rex Tillerson is all for fracking and doing damage to public and private lands, but when it came to possibly happening in his own back yard, he put his foot down. Again, ironic.


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STEVEN MNUCHIN


SECRETARY OF TREASURY



There are two positions within the United States government that have similar titles and thus are easily confused. There is the Treasurer of the United States who is essentially in charge of minting monies. This person's signature appears on financial notes and coin.


However, the office that fits within the Cabinet of the President of the United States that we wish to talk about here is the Secretary of the Treasury. This chair deals with being the primary financial adviser to the President.


The Treasury secretary is considered one of the top four positions in government under the president and vice president. The other three are Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Defense.


The most recent Secretary of the Treasury is the President Donald Trump-appointed film producer and Goldman Sachs bankster, Steven Mnuchin.


Steven Terner Mnuchin was born a couple of days before Christmas in 1962 to a Jewish family in New York City. He shares his middle name with his mother, and his paternal great-grandfather had immigrated from Russia in 1916.


Mnuchin went to Riverdale Country School in the city, and graduated from Yale University in 1985, the same year he was initiated into the Skull and Bones, the secret society written about in the Anthony Sutton secret-spilling America's Secret Establishment. The secret society is funded by the Russell Trust Association, which engages with international relations and homeland security studies, per IRS filings.


While at Yale, Mnuchin scored his first job as a bank investment trainee. Upon graduation, he went on to work for the notorious financial juggernaut, Goldman Sachs, as his father had.


He rose to the positions of VP and CIO, and after seventeen years, he left Goldman Sachs in 2002 with almost $60 million from the company in stocks and compensation.


Following his Goldman Sachs employment, he moved on to investing in and working in hedge funds, which collects finances from various companies or individuals and tries to diversify its investments in order to maximize monetary return.


In 2004, he invested in Hollywood, forming RatPac-Dune Entertainment, funding films such as X-Men and its sequels and Avatar. He was also co-chair with Relativity Media, but left the company months before it went bankrupt. The loss for him and others was about $60 million.


Mnuchin received much criticism during this time for sending his profits offshore in order to avoid paying United States federal taxes, which he denies.


The criticism doesn't end there. Steven Mnuchin also had been caught using aggressive foreclosing techniques to acquire former homeowners' homes. He had settled out of court with countless now-homeless people for millions of dollars.


In 2005, his mother—an investor with the fraudster, Bernie Madoff—had died, and Mnuchin and his brother liquidated her investments, making off with over $3 million.


This drew the attention of the Los Angeles branch of the activist movement, Occupy Wall Street. In 2011, the group gathered outside of his home and protested, as well as other groups demanding that Mnuchin and his then OneWest company be tried for racial bigotry violations against the Fair Housing Act.


It is estimated that 16,000 (39%) of all federally insured reverse mortgage foreclosures were rigged by OneWest (which were sold to CIT/Financial Freedom in 2016).


Steven Mnuchin wasn't political per se—although he wasn't a politician, though he's donated to political causes in the past. While he donated to various campaigns, he admits that most of the money he's given in the last decade were considered “favors for friends.”


During the 2016 presidential election, Mnuchin gave almost half a million to the Republican Party. As an early Trump supporter, it's no wonder that President Trump remembered Mnuchin's generosity and gave him an unqualified position of power in politics. After all, as of April 2016, he was the placed as finance chair of the RNC campaign against Hillary Clinton. Trump calls Mnuchin “world class.”


Mnuchin says that his number one priority is tax reform, which he says is in order to get the average American an increase in wages and possess better jobs.


He wants to cut corporate and middle wage taxes, deal internationally with only a select few countries, and to strip the regulations of Dodd-Frank, an Act that was to protect consumers from the exploitation of banks and corporation bail-outs. So far, based on what we are seeing versus what we are hearing, the most tax cuts will go to the rich and wealthy, however.


Mnuchin was criticized (and boycotted) by Democrats for his foreclosure practices of taking advantage of others, and he was accused of hiding undisclosed real estate, as well as offshore banking haven practices.


Speaking of voting and voters, upon investigation, it was found that Mnuchin was registered in two different states as a voter, possibly for the purpose of fraud, though it never was confirmed as such. With a grain of salt, it could be considered an oversight.


Mnuchin has a hard time telling apart his political job and his business endeavors, suggesting people to go see his endorsed investment at the theaters: The LEGO Batman Movie.


Steven Mnuchin is three times married, twice divorced. He has three children with his second marriage. Even with alimony and child support, he is worth an estimated $300 million.


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