President Trump seems to have chosen some well-qualified replacements for his original picks for Labor Secretary and National Security advisor.
After the fast-food tycoon Andrew Pudzer failed to win confirmation in the Senate, Trump has put forward Alexander Acosta, a law school dean and former assistant attorney general who has extensive expertise in labor law. Acosta, a Cuban-American, would be the first Hispanic member of Trump’s cabinet. He has already held three positions that required Senate confirmation, and the vote was unanimous each time.
Trump’s choice to replace Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned after a controversy over his leaked conversations with the Russian ambassador, is another general: Gen. H. R. McMaster (ret) is a much-praised combat veteran and military strategist. He is described as “one of the Army’s leading intellects.”
Trump needs to get his cabinet confirmed and in place. Then and only then can we know what the Trump administration is actually going to do and how well (or how poorly) it will govern the country.