Wednesday, November 22, 2017
 
Cabinet Nominations Suggest Trump Administration Will Have Contradictory Goals

WASHINGTON, D.C. Dec. 12 (DPI) – Donald Trump wants Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon with close relations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, as his Secretary of State, another out-of-left-field nomination by a president-elect who has already named free-marketeers to his economic team and strident hawks to his national security and defense posts.

All of that suggests that Trump is setting up a willfully chaotic team of rivals – cabinet officials who are likely to conflict on basic approaches to policy and on-the-ground action, especially overseas.

With such a lack of coherence – will Trump challenge Putin military in Ukraine and the Baltics, or will he employ his administration’s top diplomat, an apparent Russophile? – it’s almost impossible to determine Trump’s broader objectives, that is, if he has any.  What’s more, Trump has lined up powerful Wall Streeters like Jamie Dimon, Steve Schwartzman and Gary Cohn as economic advisers, almost all of whom will push for business deregulation of all kinds as a mechanism to spur growth.

One thing is certain: Trump seems to revel in his unpredictability, and his ability to cultivate controversy. And we are still six weeks from his inauguration.

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