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 WatersPelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Omar invokes father's death from coronavirus in reaction to Woodward book Business groups increasingly worried about death of filibuster MORE (D-Calif.), a vocal opponent of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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 DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosFormer DeVos chief of staff joins anti-Trump group Ex-Pence aide throws support behind Biden, citing Trump's virus response OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' 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 CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBiden cannot keep letting Trump set the agenda The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech Five takeaways on GOP's norm-breaking convention 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.”