Let’s take look at who’s minding the store. As Eric Lipton of The New York Times has pointed out, here are four people Donald Trump wants in cabinet level positions. Azar has been confirmed by the Senate. Others are “acting”:
Department of Defense: Patrick Shanahan (former Boeing executive)
Environmental Protection Agency: Andrew Wheeler (former coal lobbyist)
Health and Human Services: Alex Azar (former pharmaceutical lobbyist)
Department of the Interior: David Bernhardt (former oil industry lobbyist)
As of Thursday, DOD will be run by a former senior Boeing executive. EPA is run by a former coal lobbyist. HHS is run by a former pharmaceutical lobbyist. And Interior will be run by a former oil-industry lobbyist. Welcome to 2019.
— Eric Lipton (@EricLiptonNYT) January 3, 2019
Rachel Maddow peoduced an interesting segment on Trump’s cabinet becoming even “swampier.” It is worth your time.