Trump Team — Energy Secretary: 10 Things to Know About Rick Perry

Dec 13, 2016, 12:00 pm EST

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rick Perry as his Trump team pick for Energy Secretary.

Here are a few things to know about the Trump team Energy Secretary pick.

    Rick Perry is the former Governor of Texas. He was one of Donald Trump’s opponents for the Republican nomination. Perry gave his support to Texas Senator Ted Cruz after dropping out of the presidential candidate race. During the primary campaign to select a presidential candidate for the Republican party, he called Trump “a cancer on conservatism.” He also ran for president in the 2012 election and named the Energy Department, which Trump has picked him to lead, as one of the Cabinet departments that shouldn’t exist. Perry has been a strong ally to oil companies and a strong opponent to claims of climate change. He has shown support for renewable energy and passed a legislation in 2005 to force Texas to use more of it, which has it being the largest producer of wind energy. Perry has held many government positions, including lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner and working as a state legislature, The former Texas Governor has also given his backing to oil projects including the Keystone XL pipeline and Dakota Access Pipeline. He was a contestant during the 23rd season of Dancing With the Stars, but was eliminated early on.

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Trump Team — Secretary of State: 10 Things to Know About Rex Tillerson

Dec 13, 2016, 11:27 am EST

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rex Tillerson as his Trump team pick for Secretary of State.

Here are a few things to know about the Trump team’s Secretary of State pick.

    Rex Tillerson is the Chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM). Russia awarded him with the Order of Friendship in 2013 and he has close ties with President Vladimir Putin. He is a former national president of the Boy Scouts of America and helped allow gays scouts and leaders into the organization. Exxon Mobil Corporation has also made donations to Planned Parenthood. The XOM CEO has also been critical of sanctions placed on Russia, which has caused some concern among Senate Republicans. Rex Tillerson’s has experience dealing with other countries due to Exxon Mobil Corporation operating in 50 different ones. He has also said that climate change could have “catastrophic” effects on the world if not properly monitored. Yury Ushakov, the Vladimir Putin’s foreign ministry advisor, said the country has had “good, businesslike relations” with him. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry also expressed interest in working with the Trump Team’s new Secretary of State pick. He said he wants to restore the United States’ foreign relations credibility and improve the “strength, security and sovereignty,” of the country.

“His tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics make him an excellent choice for secretary of state,” Donald Trump told The New York Times. “Rex knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department, and his relationships with leaders all over the world are second to none.” Read 

What Did Donald Trump Say About ‘One China’ Policy?

Dec 12, 2016, 2:16 pm EST

President-elect Donald Trump has spoken about his stance on the “One China” policy.

Donald Trump said that he understands the One China policy. However, he also claims to not understand why he has to be bound by it when it doesn’t include a deal. The whole debate about the policy came up after the next President of the United States took a call from Taiwan’s President earlier this month.

Donald Trump’s decision to take the call from the Taiwan President didn’t sit well with Beijing. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province. Geng Shuang, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, is urging Trump to stick to the current One China policy. Read 

Trump Team — Labor Secretary: 10 Things to Know About Andrew Puzder

Dec 9, 2016, 11:58 am EST

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Andrew Puzder as his pick for Labor Secretary.

Here are a few think to know about the Trump team’s pick for Labor Secretary.

    Andrew Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., which owns the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s brands. He doesn’t agree with major hikes to the minimum wage, such as President Barack Obama’s $10.10 per hour for federal employees. However, the Labor Secretary pick has said that he isn’t against “raising the minimum wage rationally.” Puzder’s argument against minimum wage increases is that it would leave many people in low-income areas jobless. He has also spoke out against Obamacare and claims the rising premiums are causing a “government-mandated restaurant recession.” Puzder is also against political correctness and says he likes his company’s ads with scantly-clad women eating burgers. He helped draft a Missouri law in 1989 that made the majority of abortions at public establishments illegal. Puzder is on the International Franchise Association’s board and stands against many of President Obama’s recent regulations. It is likely that he will work as Labor Secretary to undo some of the regulations that the Obama Administration has pushed through in the last few years. CKE Restaurants employs roughly 75,000 employees in the United States and 100,000 across the world.

“Andy Puzder has created and boosted the careers of thousands of Americans, and his extensive record fighting for workers makes him the ideal candidate to lead the Department of Labor,” President-elect Donald Trump told The New York Times. Read 

Trump Team — EPA Head: 10 Things to Know About Scott Pruitt

Dec 8, 2016, 12:09 pm EST

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is the newest Trump team pick from President-elect Donald Trump.

Scott Pruitt is the Trump to pick to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Here are 10 things to know about him.

    He is a major opponent standing against Climate Change claims. Pruitt has been a strong ally to oil and gas companies. These efforts include taking on a group of Democratic attorneys general that are investigating Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) over its approach to Climate Change. He has fought President Barack Obama on environmental regulations. His time as head of the EPA will likely see him reducing the regulations put in place by the current President of the United States. Environmentalists are already asking the Senate to deny his selection, but this is unlikely due to it being under the control of Republicans. It is possible that Pruitt’s legal background may even help Trump completely dismantle the EPA. He previously ran a legal office named Christian Legal Services that fought government for individual rights. Pruitt grew up in Kentucky, but left to go to law school in Oklahoma. He first ran for the Oklahoma Attorney General position in 2010.

“Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” Scott Pruitt said in an interview obtained by The New York Times. “That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime.” Read 

Gov. John Kasich Warns Ohio Is on Verge of Recession

Dec 7, 2016, 3:30 pm EST

Gov. John Kasich has warned his state’s citizens that Ohio is on the verge of a recession.

Recent tax receipts show that the state’s revenue has been experiencing a steady decline and they are below estimates. State revenue is 3% lower than estimates, or $259 million.

November total tax revenue came in $99 under estimates, or 5% less than expected. Income taxes were more than 10% lower than expectations, while revenue was $88 lower, or 4.7% less than expected in October. Read 

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