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Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs: Who Is Mari Carmen Aponte?

In 1998, President Clinton nominated Aponte to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic, but Republicans killed the nomination, using rumors, later debunked, that she'd been recruited by Cuban intelligence. Aponte caused a stir in El Salvador in 2011 when she wrote in a local newspaper, “No one should be subjected to aggression because of who he is or who he loves. Homophobia and brutal hostility are often based on lack of understanding about what it truly means to be gay or transgender."   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science (OES): Who Is Judith Garber?

Garber oversaw bilateral relations with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Slovenia. She later served as ambassador to Latvia, the first career diplomat to the small Baltic nation since Brian E. Carlson served in Riga from 2001 to 2004. Garber’s two immediate predecessors, Catherine Todd Bailey and Chuck. Larson, Jr., were non-career appointees who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the 2004 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.   read more

National Security Advisor: Who Is H.R. McMaster?

McMaster has said that rather than taking an anti-Muslim stance, the U.S. should join forces with Muslim-majority countries to fight the Islamic State. Another contrast with Trump’s philosophy was outlined in an April 2015 speech at the University of South Florida, when McMaster said “the military-industrial complex may represent a greater threat to us than at any time in history.” McMaster also warned about military strategy think tanks that are actually funded by defense contractors.   read more

Vice President of the United States: Who Is Mike Pence?

Pence became the first sitting VP to speak at Washington's annual anti-abortion march, and later said, "America's Obamacare nightmare is about to end.” In December 2015, after candidate Trump called for a temporary halt to Muslims entering the U.S., Pence tweeted, “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.” Yet, when Trump, as president, signed an order banning the entry of Muslims from seven countries, Pence stood behind him, smiling and nodding approval.   read more

Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Who Is Victoria Lipnic?

As assistant secretary for employment standards in the George W. Bush administration, Lipnic backed employers’ calls to weaken the Family and Medical Leave Act and pushed through a change in overtime policy that allowed employers to exempt more of their workers from earning overtime pay. As an EEOC member, she dissented in a decision that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sexual discrimination. She also voted against pay data requirements to curb discrimination.   read more

Secretary of Labor: Who Is Alex Acosta?

Acosta's cases included lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy in a casino deal; and Jose Padilla, accused of planning a “dirty bomb” attack. Acosta also cut a deal with Palm Beach financier Jeffrey Epstein, a social acquaintance of Donald Trump, who was accused of operating an international sex ring involving underage girls. In the deal, Acosta turned prosecution over to the state of Florida, which charged Epstein with a relatively minor offense.   read more

Acting Solicitor General: Who Is Noel Francisco?

Francisco represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in its successful First Amendment challenge to a federal regulation requiring cigarette manufacturers to display graphic warning images on cigarette packages. Francisco also won the appeal of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who’d been convicted of taking bribes. He recently found himself in the midst of a prominent case as acting solicitor general when he had to argue that Trump’s travel ban should be implemented.   read more

Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel: Who Is Steven A. Engel?

In the Bush Justice Dept's Office of Legal Counsel, Engel worked on Guantánamo detainee issues. Later as a partner at the Dechart law firm in Washington, he represented Republican governors in U.S. vs. Texas, in which those governors fought the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, an Obama program to delay some deportations of undocumented immigrants. He also represented those challenging the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act.   read more

Secretary of the Navy: Who Is Philip Bilden?

Bilden remained in Hong Kong for 20 years, becoming a major player in bringing private equity investment to Asia. He opened HarboutVest offices in Tokyo in 2010 and Beijing in 2012. Back in the U.S. in 2016, he he sat on the board of the Naval Academy Foundation and the Naval War College Foundation, where he was the inaugural chairman of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies Task Force. Bilden's nomination was a surprise, as Trump adviser Randy Forbes was the expected choice.   read more

Chief of U.S. Border Patrol: Who Is Ron Vitiello?

While Vitiello was in the Rio Grande Valley, the George W. Bush administration was working to complete a border fence in the region. The planned fence would have cut through the campus of the University of Texas-Brownsville, whose charter has a bi-national mission. School officials met with Vitiello to try to get some accommodation on the fence, but Vitiello told them the meeting was a waste of time. “He wanted to stop the conversation instantly,” said university consultant Putegnat.   read more

Secretary of Agriculture: Who Is Sonny Perdue?

Perdue has a grasp on the Agriculture Dept, but the form it takes remains to be seen. While he was governor of Georgia, the state food safety budget was slashed by 29%. In 2006, Perdue paid $2 million for land near Disney World to a developer he’d put on Georgia’s economic development board. Perdue then got a bill passed, backdated to save him $100,000 in capital gains taxes on the land sale. During his re-election campaign, he pretended he didn’t know he'd benefit from the tax break.   read more

Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Who Is Thomas Homan?

Donald Trump promised to deport undocumented immigrants and in Thomas Homan, now acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), he has a man who won an award for deporting thousands of people. Trump tapped Homan to lead ICE in January 2017. At about that time, as ICE appeared to step up its pace of raids and deportations, Homan agreed to sit down on February 14 with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to address its concerns about the raids. He later backed out of the meeting.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Italy: Who Is Lewis Eisenberg?

The Trump administration added another member of the Goldman Sachs alumni association to its roster when it announced that financier Lewis Eisenberg, head of the Trump Victory Fund, would be the next ambassador to Italy. A former GOP finance chairman, Eisenberg resigned from Goldman Sachs in 1989 after a civil lawsuit accused him of harassing a former assistant, Kathy Abraham, after she tried to end a seven-year extramarital affair. Abraham later received a settlement and recanted her claims.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission: Who Is Ajit Pai?

When Pai took over as FCC chairman, he couldn’t wait to roll back consumer protections enacted under the Obama administration. Many of his actions were done late on a Friday with virtually no public notice. “With these strong-arm tactics, Chairman Pai is showing his true stripes,” Matt Wood, of the consumer group Free Press, told The New York Times. “The public wants an FCC that helps people. Instead, it got one that does favors for the powerful corporations that its chairman used to work for.”   read more

Secretary of the Air Force: Who Is Heather Wilson?

Although forbidden to lobby Congress, Wilson directed Lockheed in its quest for contract renewal without competitive bidding. Her deals with Lockheed and other contractors were found to have violated government rules. In 2012, she criticized a bill to cut bullying of LGBTQ children, and voted for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Wilson was named by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as one of the 22 most corrupt members of Congress.   read more

Ambassador to the United Kingdom: Who Is Woody Johnson?

New York Jets owner Johnson sought some tax dodges and, in 2006, was brought before a Senate panel to testify about shelters in the Isle of Man that were used to offset profits from sales of investments. He eventually settled with the IRS, paying back taxes and interest. Johnson was a big donor to Sen. John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. He initially backed Jeb Bush in the 2016 contest, even serving as his finance chairman, but threw his support to Trump in May 2016.   read more
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Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs: Who Is Mari Carmen Aponte?

In 1998, President Clinton nominated Aponte to be ambassador to the Dominican Republic, but Republicans killed the nomination, using rumors, later debunked, that she'd been recruited by Cuban intelligence. Aponte caused a stir in El Salvador in 2011 when she wrote in a local newspaper, “No one should be subjected to aggression because of who he is or who he loves. Homophobia and brutal hostility are often based on lack of understanding about what it truly means to be gay or transgender."   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science (OES): Who Is Judith Garber?

Garber oversaw bilateral relations with the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, and Slovenia. She later served as ambassador to Latvia, the first career diplomat to the small Baltic nation since Brian E. Carlson served in Riga from 2001 to 2004. Garber’s two immediate predecessors, Catherine Todd Bailey and Chuck. Larson, Jr., were non-career appointees who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the 2004 presidential campaign of George W. Bush.   read more

National Security Advisor: Who Is H.R. McMaster?

McMaster has said that rather than taking an anti-Muslim stance, the U.S. should join forces with Muslim-majority countries to fight the Islamic State. Another contrast with Trump’s philosophy was outlined in an April 2015 speech at the University of South Florida, when McMaster said “the military-industrial complex may represent a greater threat to us than at any time in history.” McMaster also warned about military strategy think tanks that are actually funded by defense contractors.   read more

Vice President of the United States: Who Is Mike Pence?

Pence became the first sitting VP to speak at Washington's annual anti-abortion march, and later said, "America's Obamacare nightmare is about to end.” In December 2015, after candidate Trump called for a temporary halt to Muslims entering the U.S., Pence tweeted, “Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.” Yet, when Trump, as president, signed an order banning the entry of Muslims from seven countries, Pence stood behind him, smiling and nodding approval.   read more

Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: Who Is Victoria Lipnic?

As assistant secretary for employment standards in the George W. Bush administration, Lipnic backed employers’ calls to weaken the Family and Medical Leave Act and pushed through a change in overtime policy that allowed employers to exempt more of their workers from earning overtime pay. As an EEOC member, she dissented in a decision that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sexual discrimination. She also voted against pay data requirements to curb discrimination.   read more

Secretary of Labor: Who Is Alex Acosta?

Acosta's cases included lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy in a casino deal; and Jose Padilla, accused of planning a “dirty bomb” attack. Acosta also cut a deal with Palm Beach financier Jeffrey Epstein, a social acquaintance of Donald Trump, who was accused of operating an international sex ring involving underage girls. In the deal, Acosta turned prosecution over to the state of Florida, which charged Epstein with a relatively minor offense.   read more

Acting Solicitor General: Who Is Noel Francisco?

Francisco represented R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in its successful First Amendment challenge to a federal regulation requiring cigarette manufacturers to display graphic warning images on cigarette packages. Francisco also won the appeal of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who’d been convicted of taking bribes. He recently found himself in the midst of a prominent case as acting solicitor general when he had to argue that Trump’s travel ban should be implemented.   read more

Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel: Who Is Steven A. Engel?

In the Bush Justice Dept's Office of Legal Counsel, Engel worked on Guantánamo detainee issues. Later as a partner at the Dechart law firm in Washington, he represented Republican governors in U.S. vs. Texas, in which those governors fought the implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, an Obama program to delay some deportations of undocumented immigrants. He also represented those challenging the individual mandate provision of the Affordable Care Act.   read more

Secretary of the Navy: Who Is Philip Bilden?

Bilden remained in Hong Kong for 20 years, becoming a major player in bringing private equity investment to Asia. He opened HarboutVest offices in Tokyo in 2010 and Beijing in 2012. Back in the U.S. in 2016, he he sat on the board of the Naval Academy Foundation and the Naval War College Foundation, where he was the inaugural chairman of the Center for Cyber Conflict Studies Task Force. Bilden's nomination was a surprise, as Trump adviser Randy Forbes was the expected choice.   read more

Chief of U.S. Border Patrol: Who Is Ron Vitiello?

While Vitiello was in the Rio Grande Valley, the George W. Bush administration was working to complete a border fence in the region. The planned fence would have cut through the campus of the University of Texas-Brownsville, whose charter has a bi-national mission. School officials met with Vitiello to try to get some accommodation on the fence, but Vitiello told them the meeting was a waste of time. “He wanted to stop the conversation instantly,” said university consultant Putegnat.   read more

Secretary of Agriculture: Who Is Sonny Perdue?

Perdue has a grasp on the Agriculture Dept, but the form it takes remains to be seen. While he was governor of Georgia, the state food safety budget was slashed by 29%. In 2006, Perdue paid $2 million for land near Disney World to a developer he’d put on Georgia’s economic development board. Perdue then got a bill passed, backdated to save him $100,000 in capital gains taxes on the land sale. During his re-election campaign, he pretended he didn’t know he'd benefit from the tax break.   read more

Acting Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: Who Is Thomas Homan?

Donald Trump promised to deport undocumented immigrants and in Thomas Homan, now acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), he has a man who won an award for deporting thousands of people. Trump tapped Homan to lead ICE in January 2017. At about that time, as ICE appeared to step up its pace of raids and deportations, Homan agreed to sit down on February 14 with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to address its concerns about the raids. He later backed out of the meeting.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Italy: Who Is Lewis Eisenberg?

The Trump administration added another member of the Goldman Sachs alumni association to its roster when it announced that financier Lewis Eisenberg, head of the Trump Victory Fund, would be the next ambassador to Italy. A former GOP finance chairman, Eisenberg resigned from Goldman Sachs in 1989 after a civil lawsuit accused him of harassing a former assistant, Kathy Abraham, after she tried to end a seven-year extramarital affair. Abraham later received a settlement and recanted her claims.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission: Who Is Ajit Pai?

When Pai took over as FCC chairman, he couldn’t wait to roll back consumer protections enacted under the Obama administration. Many of his actions were done late on a Friday with virtually no public notice. “With these strong-arm tactics, Chairman Pai is showing his true stripes,” Matt Wood, of the consumer group Free Press, told The New York Times. “The public wants an FCC that helps people. Instead, it got one that does favors for the powerful corporations that its chairman used to work for.”   read more

Secretary of the Air Force: Who Is Heather Wilson?

Although forbidden to lobby Congress, Wilson directed Lockheed in its quest for contract renewal without competitive bidding. Her deals with Lockheed and other contractors were found to have violated government rules. In 2012, she criticized a bill to cut bullying of LGBTQ children, and voted for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman. Wilson was named by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington as one of the 22 most corrupt members of Congress.   read more

Ambassador to the United Kingdom: Who Is Woody Johnson?

New York Jets owner Johnson sought some tax dodges and, in 2006, was brought before a Senate panel to testify about shelters in the Isle of Man that were used to offset profits from sales of investments. He eventually settled with the IRS, paying back taxes and interest. Johnson was a big donor to Sen. John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. He initially backed Jeb Bush in the 2016 contest, even serving as his finance chairman, but threw his support to Trump in May 2016.   read more
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