Senate Dem: Number of acting secretaries in Trump Cabinet 'striking'

Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Buttigieg: Biden will have 'open mind' toward changes to infrastructure bill Five takeaways from Biden's first budget proposal MORE (D-Del.) said Monday that the number of acting secretaries in President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE's Cabinet is "striking" following the resignation of Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenLeft-leaning group to track which companies hire former top Trump aides Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' House Republican condemns anti-Trump celebrities during impeachment hearing MORE at the Department of Homeland Security.

“It's striking how many of the secretaries of the largest departments of this government are acting at this point,” Coons said on CNN's "New Day."


Coons also said Nielsen would be remembered for her role in the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which resulted in children being separated from their families at the border, rather than her background in cybersecurity.

“It has to raise the question for anyone who is offered a Cabinet opportunity with President Trump whether their reputation will survive.”

When Trump announced Nielsen's resignation Sunday, he appointed Kevin McAleenan as acting Department of Homeland Security secretary.

McAleenan joins acting White House chief of Staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyHeadhunters having hard time finding jobs for former Trump officials: report Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans Mulvaney calls Trump's comments on Capitol riot 'manifestly false' MORE, acting Ambassador to the United Nations Jonathan Cohen, acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and acting Defense Secretary Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanOvernight Defense: National Guard boosts DC presence ahead of inauguration | Lawmakers demand probes into troops' role in Capitol riot | Financial disclosures released for Biden Pentagon nominee Biden Pentagon pick could make up to .7M from leaving Raytheon Lloyd Austin can lead — as a civilian MORE as major administration officials in acting roles.