Well, so far President-elect Donald Trump has proceeded at breakneck speed to fill his “Day One” team of cabinet officials.
And just this morning, in an address on the transition efforts, Vice President-elect Mike Pence announced that former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue has been named as Trump’s choice for secretary of agriculture.
The entire cabinet is now complete, and the transition team’s duties will now be transferred to the White House personnel department. Pence said they’ve received more than 80,000 resumes for the 4,000 positions that need to be filled.
Pence made a particular point of thanking the transition team for its efforts and said “one thing you know when you see a box turtle on a fence post is he had help getting there.”
He also noted that in true Trump fashion, the transition was completed on schedule and under budget and will return 20 percent of budget to U.S. Treasury.
Regarding Perdue, the New York Times says, he’s a onetime veterinarian who was elected in 2003 as Georgia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction, campaigned heavily for Mr. Trump in the final months of the presidential race, although he had initially backed a rival, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.
Mr. Perdue, who once ran a grain and fertilizer business, was among the first candidates Mr. Trump interviewed for the post. But the process dragged on for weeks as the president-elect’s team debated whether it would be better off choosing someone from a different part of the country or selecting an ethnic minority to balance out an overwhelmingly white, male and wealthy cabinet.
Naturally, “Environmental activists condemned Mr. Trump’s choice, saying that Mr. Perdue had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies that help chemical companies and large agriculture conglomerates at the expense of small farmers and the environment.
“It’s certainly hard to imagine that a former fertilizer salesman will tackle the unregulated farm pollution that poisons our drinking water, turns Lake Erie green, and fouls the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at EWG, an environmental research group.”
Well, it’s going to be a fascinating four years between liberal bleating and the forward momentum of the Trump train. All aboard!
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]