Everything is always everyone else’s fault in the bizarre mind of President Donald Trump.
Tuesday evening he went on another Twitter rant blaming the Democrats for the delay in filling his Cabinet. He has previously claimed that he had no concerns over the confirmation of his nominees, but getting them all confirmed is proving to be quite a tedious process.
That said, it certainly isn’t the “longest such delay in the history of our country” as he so inadequately claimed in this Twitter post. For a man that is quite literally moving at lightning speed, enacting one executive order after another, it isn’t exactly surprising that he is frustrated at having to adhere to proper channels.
‘It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats!’
It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017
According to the Washington Post, the Senate confirmation has been one of the longest in recent decades. To any logical person however, this should motivate the President to consider why that might be the case instead of naively claiming “obstruction”.
Democrats have been rightfully scrutinizing his nominees because they are ridiculously underqualified or are in place to maintain or fulfill his outlandish promises and plans. To date, the Senate has only approved a handful of his selections, leaving many in America to claim “a handful too many.”
In reality, the primary reason why Donald Trump’s Cabinet is not fully assembled extends beyond this. President Trump is arguably one of the most controversial and inexperienced presidents America has ever had. The slow rate of approvals is continually plagued as a result of his inexperience, as he negligently avoided properly vetting his nominations prior to scheduling the hearings.
Walter Schaub, the Director for the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) warned Trump and his administration previously that their refusal to cooperate in finding and resolving any potential conflicts of interests would lead to such a delay, and was unprecedented. The OGE reached out to Trump’s team on numerous occasions, as was previously reported, and Donald Trump was specifically told that the Director:
‘[Was] not aware of any occasion in the four decades since OGE was established when the Senate held a confirmation hearing before the nominee had completed the ethics review process.’
If only the speed at which his nominees were confirmed was directly related to the speed at which they were vetted by the OGE. If this was the case, some would never be confirmed, as only 12 of 24 nominees have been vetted, as of Friday. Better yet would be subjecting them to the “extreme vetting” proposed for people seeking to immigrate to America under Trump.
Trump clearly hasn’t heard the old saying “[Be careful when you’re pointing fingers.] When you point one finger, there are three fingers pointing back to you.”
Feature Image via Getty Images/Darren McCollester.