Donald Trump has made some incredible accomplishments within the last few days that should be leaving a good taste in the mouths of the American people. Along with having his “Day One” cabinet officials, Trump has chosen Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.
These last few decisions have made his entire cabinet complete. The transition duties will now fall on White House personnel to sort through the over 80,000 resumes for 4,000 positions. Mike Pence made a statement thanking the transition team saying, “One thing you know when you see a box turtle on a fence post is he had help getting there.”
Pence also noted an incredible fact about Trump’s transition. The transition was finished on schedule AND under budget by 20 percent. That money is headed back to the U.S. Treasury. Seems like a positive precursor of what’s to come.
However, Trump’s decision about bringing Perdue onboard has caused some controversy despite his clear achievement in finances and time. The New York Times address Perdue’s situation perfectly saying:
“He’s a one time veterinarian who was elected in 2003 as Georgia’s first Republican governor since Reconstruction, campaigned heavily for Mr. Trump in the final months of the presidential race, although he had initially backed a rival, former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.”
“Mr. Perdue, who once ran a grain and fertilizer business, was among the first candidates Mr. Trump interviewed for the post. But the process dragged on for weeks as the president-elect’s team debated whether it would be better off choosing someone from a different part of the country or selecting an ethnic minority to balance out an overwhelmingly white, male and wealthy cabinet.”
“Environmental activists condemned Mr. Trump’s choice, saying that Mr. Perdue had received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies that help chemical companies and large agricultural conglomerates at the expense of small farmers and the environment.”
“It’s certainly hard to imagine that a former fertilizer salesman will tackle the unregulated farm pollution that poisons our drinking water, turns Lake Erie green, and fouls the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico,” said Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs at EWG, an environmental research group.”
There are many true concerns here, but many of these seem ridiculous as well. What are your thoughts about the Trump administration placing Sonny Perdue in the seat of Secretary of Agriculture? Let us know in the comments below!