While the President of the United States heads up the Executive Branch, he has a cabinet to help keep items in order. Established in Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, the Cabinet’s role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member’s respective office. The original cabinet, under George Washington, had four members. Today, twenty members make up the cabinet. This includes the Vice President, the heads of all the executive departments, and the directors of a few federal departments. Apart from the Vice President, all these positions are appointed by the President after he assumes office. Each member must then be voted in by the Senate’s confirmation. Just as a President appoints members, he may remove them as well. Usually, the cabinet will consist of members who have ideas similar to the President. However, he may appoint whomever, even someone that shocks the nation. Recently, President Trump announced that he would be appointing Hillary Clinton to Secretary of State.
Clinton, former opposition to President Trump in the 2016 election, could be the next Secretary of State. Regarding this unprecedented move, President Trump said: “We need to make bold moves. Enough is enough. Hillary has experience working under the Obama administration and she’d be a good addition to the team.” Clinton would be replacing current Secretary Mike Pompeo. “I love Mike, he’s done a phenomenal job. America is indebted to his wonderful work. We’re going to keep him on staff by moving him to another position. However, I think this is the right decision going forward, both at a national and international level” the President added in a recent White House press conference. When asked about his previous name-calling and accusations against Clinton, President Trump responded: “I acknowledge what I said before about Mrs. Clinton, including ‘crooked Hillary’ and ‘nasty woman’. However I rescind those former comments. Melania and I have gotten to know the Clintons pretty well and they are very delightful people.” Meanwhile, in a CNN exclusive with Mrs. Clinton, she said: “I am very happy to be offered the position. I accomplished a lot under President Obama, and will continue to do so now. Our President has made a lot of advancements so far, including meeting with leaders like Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un. We need to take the next step by establishing peaceful relations.” Her goals seem to line up with the President’s, who seemed hopeful to continue building trust with North Korea, despite walking out early on a summit with Kim Jong-Un a few weeks ago. Clinton also expressed her hopes for progress on home territory: “No doubt people will be shocked by this unusual move. But it is a good thing because we have had a lot of partisan disagreement recently, especially in Congress. I hope that they can take a look at what we will accomplish here in the Executive Branch despite our differences and implement that for themselves.” Whether the new appointment will have a positive effect on Congress can only be determined if Clinton gets appointed.
While President Trump and Mrs. Clinton seem optimistic, many people both in politics and in the news oppose the move. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell charged senators of both sides to “avoid this impending mayhem and do not approve Mrs. Clinton. Vote not for your party’s numbers, but for your country’s well-being.” Generally, a cabinet member will be approved by the Senate. Only nine members have been officially rejected, with the last one being John Tower under George H.W. Bush. However, with such an unusual appointment, Hillary may be the newest reject. In the media, reporters have represented the people well with their shock. On Twitter, Jim Acosta simply said “What have we come to?” Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC sounded confused on air: “Has Trump cracked? No one can believe this.” Even though many are critical or skeptical, President Trump always seems to be confident in his decisions.
Even if Clinton lands a top executive seat, the fight will far be from over. Robert Mueller found no collusion with Russia during the 2016 election, yet Democrats are still searching for a shred of evidence. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue to clash over hot-button topics while freshmen members of Congress try to implement new ideas. While the next election is more than eighteen months away, several Democrats have planned and announced their run for a ticket bid. They will all be looking to unseat President Trump, who will seek another 4 years in office. While an unusual appointment like this might temporarily relieve some party disagreements, unity will never be achieved among our leaders.