Maxine Waters slams Trump for ‘most incompetent staff,’ Cabinet appointments

Maxine Waters slams Trump for ‘most incompetent staff,’ Cabinet appointments
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SAN DIEGO — Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersAdvocates call on top Democrats for 0B in housing investments Cori Bush hits her stride by drawing on activist past Cawthorn to introduce resolution condemning political violence after warning of 'bloodshed' if elections are 'rigged' MORE (D-Calif.), a vocal opponent of President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE, bashed him for hiring the “most incompetent” staff and appointing the “most ridiculous” Cabinet officials.

In a rousing speech at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention, Waters called the administration a “never-ending circus” and took aim specifically at White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE.

Waters recently called on Kelly to resign over his handling of domestic abuse allegations against ex-White House aide Rob Porter. Kelly initially defended Porter and said he was "shocked" by the claims. But when FBI Director Christopher Wray testified in the Senate earlier this month, he said the agency completed the investigation into Porter in July and contradicted the White House’s timeline of his background check.

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“This self-centered president with his 3 a.m. tweeting is presiding over a chaotic administration with John Kelly who can’t get his lies straight,” Waters said during her Saturday keynote address in San Diego.

“This president has managed to hire the most incompetent staff and he’s made the most ridiculous appointments to his Cabinet.”

Waters also ticked through several of Trump’s Cabinet secretaries and argued why they are unfit to serve in the administration.

"Give me a break, Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVosGOP lawmakers urge Cardona against executive student loan wipeout More insidious power grab than one attempted Jan. 6? Betsy DeVos not running for Michigan governor MORE?” Waters said of the Education secretary. “This woman has never seen the inside of a classroom. She’s never served on an elected school board. All of her efforts have been to work on the elimination of public education in favor of privatization."

She also took aim at “sorry” Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Government indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong MORE, who was a presidential candidate before endorsing Trump and a retired neurosurgeon.

“Those skills do not qualify him to lead and manage HUD,” Waters said to roaring applause. “We must send Ben Carson back to the hospital where he can do some operating and get him out of HUD. He has no business being there.”