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Even GOP senators are alarmed that Trump has ‘way too many’ vacancies in key cabinet posts

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President Donald Trump is currently relying on “acting” officials for multiple key positions in his administration, ranging from attorney general to chief of staff to secretary of defense.

While the president seemingly prefers to have officials appointed without going through Senate scrutiny, even some Republican senators are sounding the alarm about an understaffed White House.

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“It’s a lot, it’s way too many,” Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) tells the Washington Post of the multiple administration vacancies. “You want to have confirmed individuals there because they have a lot more authority to be able to make decisions and implement policy when you have a confirmed person in that spot.”

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) tells the Post that she’s been really pressing the president to name a successor to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in December after a dispute with the president over withdrawing troops from Syria.

“We absolutely need to have a permanent nominee,” she explains. “I do feel that in order to reassure allies and also to push back on our adversaries, it’s very important that we have a permanent secretary of defense.”

And Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) tells the Post that “it worries me” that the administration has so many vacancies with no permanent nominees in sight.


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Florida seniors are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus — which could hurt Trump’s reelection chances

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On Monday, The Washington Post examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on older voters' politics, and in particular how it is hurting President Donald Trump with the critical demographic in Florida — a state that is almost mandatory for the president to win for a second term.

"While Democrats have worried about Biden’s struggles to excite younger voters, older voters who are upset with the president are poised to be potentially more influential in November, especially in swing states whose populations skew their way, like Florida, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan and Wisconsin," reported Jenna Johnson and Lori Rozsa. "In Florida, more than 20 percent of those who voted in the 2016 election were over age 65, according to exit polls. In 2016, Trump won the Florida senior vote by a 17-point margin over Clinton, according to exit polls. The state ranks as one Trump must almost certainly win to insure his victory, while Biden has other paths to the White House."

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Trump adviser’s ‘repugnant’ lack of concern for human life slammed by ethics expert

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On Monday, President Donald Trump's economic adviser Kevin Hassett appeared on CNN to urge the economy to reopen, saying, "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work."

White House adviser Kevin Hassett: "Our human capital stock is ready to go back to work." #HumanCapitalStock pic.twitter.com/Yl9KwJf6KP

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 25, 2020

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Trump scorned for claiming he has ‘great reviews’ on COVID-19: ‘This is not a game show’

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On Monday, President Donald Trump complained on Twitter that he wasn't getting enough credit for his COVID-19 response, but that he was still getting "great reviews" on it all the same.

Commenters on social media were not pleased with the president's remarks.

Great reviews? Like on Rotten Tomatoes?

— Lira (@LoudmouthLira) May 25, 2020

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