This was supposed to be the week President-elect Trump’s nominees endured tough grilling and determined opposition in Senate confirmation hearings. “Trump Cabinet picks face extreme vetting ahead of confirmation,” USA Today reported last month, predicting that several Trump picks could face a very difficult time on Capitol Hill, according to Byron York of the Washington Examiner.
Now Week One is ending, and the tough grilling mostly didn’t materialize. And all of Trump’s first week of nominees seem headed toward confirmation.
Seven Trump picks — Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary-designate John Kelly, Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao, Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis, Housing and Urban Development Secretary-designate Ben Carson, and CIA Director-designate Mike Pompeo — faced Senate committees this week. The number included three of the so-called Big Four Cabinet positions — attorney general, secretary of state, and secretary of defense.