The cabinet President-Elect Donald Trump has assembled has been called the wealthiest in modern American history.
It includes billionaires like ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson (worth$2.5 billion) for Secretary of State, to Ben Carson (worth $29 million) for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The combined net worth of Trump’s cabinet picks is about 5 times greater than President Obama’s Cabinet and 34 times greater than the one in place for the second term of George W. Bush’s presidency.
Vetting these individuals, particularly ones with complex business ties, might take some time, though. On Thursday, Senate Democrats said in a statement that they would not move forward with the confirmation process until all the nominees disclose certain financial information.
Timothy Naftali, Clinical Associate Professor of Public Service at NYU