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AirTalk politics: What Trump’s new cabinet appointees bring to the White House




(L to R) President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club.
(L to R) President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club.
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It’s been a busy week for President-elect Trump and his transition team as the days tick down until his inauguration as President of the United States.

Last Thursday, Trump announced during a post-election rally that he’d be naming retired Marine General James Mattis as his Secretary of Defense. Then, on Monday, Trump named his former GOP presidential rival Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing. We’ll look at the qualifications of each and what policies might change in their respective departments.

As President-elect Trump continues to fill his cabinet with millionaires and billionaires, we’ll take a look at what it could mean to have a cabinet full of very rich people with little to no government experience.

Plus, the effect Mr. Trump’s Friday call to the president of Taiwan may have on U.S.-China relations and why some are concerned about other calls he’s made to controversial world leaders, including Kazakhstan and Pakistan.

Guests:

Pete Peterson, dean of the School of Public Policy and executive director of The Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University

Bill Burton, Democratic political strategist with SKD Knickerbocker and former deputy White House press secretary in the Obama Administration; he tweets @billburton