• Matt Berlin

A Quick Look at Trump's Non-Political Nominees

Hey Freedomists!

With the election of our new Commander and Chief, Donald Trump, we have seen a lot of press on just about everything possible. One of the hottest topics we have seen is the cabinet of our new president. A major worry is the concentration of non-political nominees and selections.

Though Trump has made many obvious choices such as Mike Pompeo, Elaine Chao, and John Kelly. Some of the more controversial picks were Rex Tillerson and Steve Bannon. Purely for time’s sake I will avoid the pending appointees and the Trump’s recent appointment of Neil Gorsuch in the Court of Appeals (that could be article by itself).

Some rookies to actual political offices include Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon, and Jared Kushner. I want to simply give an overview to a few of these selections.

The Good

Firstly, we will look at Mrs. Conway. She is a Counselor of the President, in short, an advisor. She went to law school at George Washington University, graduating with honors, and was a judicial clerk in Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

She later went on to work for the Wirthlin Group, a polling group that tends toward the Republican party. In her past, she has had a strong voice in politics with some experience, but unfortunately, not a lot of hands-on work; she has worked under congressmen and also, unsuccessfully, with a few presidential candidates, until she landed a job with, then, candidate Trump.

She is a conservative through and through, and has even opposed Trump in the past, during some of our Presidents less than savory monologues and campaign tactics. She shows a lot of qualities that she will be a valuable advisor in tandem with our President.

The Not-as-Good

Another controversial pick was Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Married to the oldest daughter, Ivanka, he has proven in the recent campaign to be a powerful asset in Trump’s pocket.

Jared grew up in the real estate business, Kushner Companies, started by his father, and grew the company after taking over in 2008. At age 25, he purchased the New York Observer, a weekly paper for a lump sum of $10 million, and expanded its horizons as well.

From day one, Mr. Kushner was the social media manager for his father-in-law’s campaign and also head of fundraising. Eventually he was bumped up to campaign manager. He has now been appointed as the Senior White House Advisor to President Trump.

The Ugly

Lastly, the most controversial choice in regards to cabinet appointments, Steve Bannon.

Mr. Bannon began in the investment banking industry with Goldman Sachs, but eventually broke off, creating his own firm, Bannon and Co.

After having his fill of banking, he moved to environmentalism and filmmaking. In his time as a producer, he put out 18 movies including a documentary on the former president, Ronald Reagan.

Not long after his engagement with movie making, he co-founded Breitbart News. This website has created a lot of noise, but rarely positive (is there any noise that is positive now-a-days?) The central goal of the website was to provide a non-apologetic, pro-Semitic voice amidst the overwhelming liberal parade of coverage.

Unfortunately, when you tick off or voice out against public media, you tend to have false claims thrown at you. He has been diagnosed as racist, sexist, xenophobic, and anti-Semitic, but in reading through article after article, I have yet to find evidence, unless one were to be a very confused individual.

My personal say is that he is very much like Trump. Says a lot that will aggravate people, but ultimately well meaning, and strong standing on conservative values. This is the main attribute that influenced Trump in choosing him as Chief Strategist.

Wrap Up

Although some of President Trumps selections were as randomly picked as the targets Trump will aim for in his Twitter attacks without someone campaigning against him, there are keys to each that serve their purpose in the making of the president’s board of advisors.

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