Axelrod mocks Trump’s ‘diverse Cabinet’

Axelrod mocks Trump’s ‘diverse Cabinet’
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"So far, give [Trump] credit for assembling a diverse Cabinet, mixing billionaires with just plain multi-millionaires," Axelrod wrote on Twitter Wednesday.


Axelrod is a former senior adviser to President Obama who also served as chief strategist for both of his presidential campaigns. He is now a CNN commentator.

Steven Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross earlier Wednesday confirmed that Trump had selected them to lead the Treasury and Commerce departments, respectively. Both men previously worked on Trump’s campaign and will help shape his economic policies.

Mnuchin and Ross are each new to government, however, and critics are already pouncing on their private fortunes and ties to wealthy Wall Street firms.

Ross, for example, is a billionaire investor who filled his coffers rebooting failed steel companies before launching a private equity firm.

Mnuchin, meanwhile, worked for Goldman Sachs for 17 years before founding the investment firm Dune Capital Management in 2004 and OneWest Bank Group LLC in 2009. He also has experience in Hollywood’s move industry, having helped bankroll films like "Batman v Superman" and "Suicide Squad."

Ross served as an economic adviser to Trump on the campaign trail, while Mnuchin was finance director for the future president-elect’s team.

Democrats immediately blasted both men earlier Wednesday over their warmth toward the financial industry.

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“This is not the type of change that Donald Trump promised to bring to Washington — that is hypocrisy at its worst,” they said of Mnuchin. "This pick makes clear that Donald Trump wants to cater to the same Wall Street executives that have hurt working families time and again.”

Trump has laid out an ambitious economic agenda for Mnuchin and Ross should they formally join his administration.

The president-elect wants tax code reform, infrastructure investments, renegotiated trade deals and eased financial regulations upon entering office.

Trump's Cabinet picks have been fairly diverse in the traditional sense. He has selected several women so far: Betsy DeVos for Education secretary; Elaine Chao, who is also Asian-American, for Transportation; and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), the daughter of Indian immigrants, for ambassador to the United Nations.