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COVER STORY Company tax proposal just made for Trump

EDITORIAL Trump installed but the left refuses to accept it

CANBERRA OBSERVED Greens' footprints all over travel claims

U.S. POLITICS Team Trump to implement new President's agenda

INTELLIGENCE Lame report on Russian interference in U.S. poll

ENVIRONMENT The scientific myth within the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

EUTHANASIA Case for assisted suicide "not made": Daniel Mulino

OPINION Submission is the fit word, Tim, not humility

OBITUARY WA loses NCC founding member, Frank Malone

GENDER POLITICS Safe Schools Coalition versus child safe schools

RURAL LIFE Sandalwood a balm for forgotten farmers

MUSIC Swing low and deep: it don't mean a thing if it don't have that

BOOK REVIEW The tyranny of the offended

BOOK REVIEW Not quite perfect but worth a revisit

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Team Trump to implement new President's agenda

by Peter Westmore

News Weekly, January 28, 2017

Largely free from pressure from either the media or his own Republican Party since his election triumph last November, Donald Trump has appointed a team to pursue his ambitious domestic and international programs.

Mr Trump was scathing about the U.S. media in the run-up to the election, and has completely ignored their attempts to pressure him in the choice of cabinet members – much to their dismay.

Equally, having won the presidency with little help from the Republican Party machine, Mr Trump has been free to appoint people who agree with his bold agenda on both domestic and international issues, regardless of whether they follow the GOP party line or not.

Among those appointed to key posts there are few who come from the traditional background of “party official” or “government employee”.

A large number come from the corporate sector and Wall Street, while others have a military background or are long-term aides to Mr Trump.

Mr Trump has also announced a number of key personal appointments, including Reince Priebus, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, as Chief of Staff, retired Army Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, and Stephen Bannon, co-founder of the online Breitbart News, as Chief Strategist.

Not surprisingly, the Trump team has been denounced by radical environmentalists and the Democrat opposition.

More interestingly, the Chinese Government is clearly afraid that Mr Trump will actually deliver on his promise to curb China’s growing global influence, both politically and economically.

By accepting a congratulatory call from Taiwan’s President, Tsai Ing-wen, Mr Trump has indicated his unhappiness with a policy that marginalises Taiwan, a free democracy, at a time when China is flexing its power in the South China Sea. He has also called on China to rein in its rogue client state, North Korea – something China has refused to do.

By appointing critics of China’s trade policy to key positions in his administration, Mr Trump has also signalled that he will take a hard line against U.S. companies that have centred manufacturing in China and then exported manufactured goods back to the U.S.

Mr Trump’s appointments align to the policies he announced during the election campaign.

Donald Trump's key cabinet appointments

Rex Tillerson, chief executive of oil giant ExxonMobil, as Secretary of State, the U.S. foreign minister. Mr Tillerson will have a key role in reshaping America’s relationship with Russia, China and Israel.

James Mattis, a former commander of U.S. Central Command and Marine General, will become the next Secretary of Defense, with oversight of the widely deployed U.S. military and the promised build-up.

Steven Mnuchin, Mr Trump’s campaign finance chairman, and former partner with Goldman Sachs, as Treasury Secretary, with responsibility for the U.S. government budget.

Rick Perry, former governor of the oil-rich state of Texas, as Secretary of Energy, who will have a key role in encouraging an expansion of U.S. oil output.

Jeff Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, as Attorney-General. Sessions is strongly pro-life and has been a long-time supporter of President Trump.

Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma attorney-general and critic of Mr Obama’s environmental policies, as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ryan Zinke, a former Navy SEAL and Republican Congressman from Montana, as Secretary of the Interior, with responsibility for U.S. national parks and the development of energy sources on government lands.

Tom Price, an orthopaedic surgeon and Republican congressman from Georgia, and Chairman of the House Budget Committee, as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He will have responsibility for the repeal of Obamacare.

Dr Ben Carson, a former rival of Mr Trump’s for the Republican nomination, and former director of paediatric neurosurgery at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital, as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Dr Carson will have to deal with the problem of homelessness in the U.S.

Wilbur Ross, an investor and former banker, as Secretary of Commerce.

Betsy DeVos, an advocate of education vouchers and improved education standards, as Secretary of Education.

Andrew Puzder, CEO of fast-food multinational CKE Restaurants Inc, and a supporter of labour market deregulation, as Secretary of Labor.

Nikki Haley, Republican governor of South Carolina, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a key public position internationally.

John Kelly, a retired Marine general, and former commander of U.S. Southern Command, as Secretary of Homeland Security.

Elaine Chao, former labor secretary in the Bush Administration, as Secretary of Transportation, with responsibility for the development of national infrastructure in the U.S.

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