http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gar ... 5aded3962aThat’s pretty much how Trump’s Cabinet is shaping up: a bit of populist rhetoric that fails to conceal a large concentration of the wealthy, well-connected people Trump claimed he was running against.
Trump’s latest pick continues that trend, with the president-elect choosing Gary Cohn, the president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs, to head the National Economic Council, NBC News reports. The NEC advises the president on economic policy, and its director works in the White House.
Trump has already nominated Steven Mnuchin ― a second-generation Goldman Sachs partner, former George Soros employee and co-investor, “foreclosure machine” and hedge fund manager ― to be treasury secretary. He also named billionaire private equity investor Wilbur Ross as his choice for secretary of commerce. Ross owned a coal mine that was cited for more than two hundred safety violations before an accident killed a dozen workers, and is a member of a secret Wall Street fraternity, where, clad in velvet slippers, he sang show tunes mocking poor people. Then Trump picked a wealthy donor to run the Department of Education and a billionaire with almost no qualifications beyond being a billionaire as deputy secretary of commerce. And then there’s Steve Bannon, whom Trump named his senior White House counselor. Bannon began his investment banking career at Goldman Sachs and left the firm in 1990, eventually going on to run Breitbart News, a platform for white nationalist views.
Trump surrogate Anthony Scaramucci, an omnipresent financial industry booster and hedge fund salesman, gamely tried to spin the latest appointment as unifying. “The cabal against the bankers is over,” he said. Stocking the Cabinet with Goldman Sachs bankers would help “bring country together,” he said.
Lloyd Blankfein CEO Goldman Sachs is singing "its a wonderful day in the neighborhood"
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/12/ ... nald-trumpBack in September, Goldman Sachs C.E.O. Lloyd Blankfein said that the idea of Donald Trump having his “finger on the button blows my mind.” Strangely—and we don’t want to suggest the bank’s shares rising to $235.91 yesterday before closing at $235.56, or the president-elect loading up on Goldman alums as advisers has anything to do with it—Blankfein now has downright lovely things to say about a guy he apparently once feared might start a nuclear war:
Asked whether Trump will pose a threat, Blankfein responded “I don’t think so,” and called him a “smart guy.” [..] “Mr. Trump may turn out to be a much better president than anyone else might have been in that place,’’ said Blankfein, 62, chairman and chief executive officer of the New York-based investment bank. “He’s just less of a known quantity as a politician.”
We have found the criteria Trunip is using for his appointments to various posts.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tru ... 9c3dfc2065President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday defended his decision to nominate at least five billionaires to serve in his Cabinet, and he compared billionaires to great athletes.
“A newspaper criticized me and said, ‘Why can’t they have people of modest means?’” Trump said to a rally crowd in Des Moines, Iowa. “Because I want people that made a fortune! Because now they are negotiating [for] you, OK?”
“It’s no different than a great baseball player or a great golfer,” Trump added. “I mean, we want the people that are going to bring....” he said, before losing his train of thought.
When will Orange Turnip channel Calvin Coolidge telling the Americans "The Business of America is Business." ?