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Schumer Criticizes Trump's Cabinet Nominees

| by Jordan Smith

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York has attacked President Donald Trump's nominees for a number of cabinet positions.

Schumer made the comments Feb. 13, as Senate hearings continued before confirming Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin, The Hill reported.

"The president has shown his hand by selecting the most anti-working class cabinet that we have ever seen," Schumer declared, according to The Hill. "What President Trump has done on the campaign and said on the campaign and his inaugural address is almost the exact opposite of what he's doing now."

Up to five of Trump's cabinet nominees are expected to be confirmed this week.

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Schumer described the Trump cabinet as a "bevy of billionaires and bankers and hard-right ideologues." He alleged that Trump's nominations of Mnuchin, Mick Mulvaney (to head the Office of Management and Budget) and Andy Puzder (to lead the Labor Department), proved this.

Puzder, who has admitted to employing an undocumented worker at his home and has been accused of failing to pay taxes on that employee until his nomination, is anticipated to face strong opposition from the Democrats at his hearing Feb. 16. 

Republicans have hit back with a campaign to defend Puzder, and supporters on social media have rallied around the #confirmPuzder hashtag.

"Mr. Puzder stands ready to promote and enact pro-growth policies that will benefit working Americans across the board," a letter by members of the International Franchise Association stated, according to the Associated Press. Trump's pick for Labor Secretary would "promote responsibility within the highest ranks of our government to ensure the lasting and prosperous impact of our nation's labor force," it added.

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On Feb. 9, Schumer urged Trump to withdraw Puzder’s nomination. The AP reports Schumer argued that Puzder’s business record and the issue with the undocumented worker contradicted Trump’s promises to protect U.S. workers and their jobs.

"Ever since President Trump took the oath of office, he has gone about breaking promise after promise to the working people of this country," Schumer added, according to The Hill.

The Washington Post reports that it could take Trump until summer to fill the hundreds of open deputy and senior government positions that require Senate confirmation hearings.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Post, Associated Press via CNBC / Photo credit: Glenn Fawcett/Wikimedia Commons

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