So far it’s looking like a mix of good and bad. His national security adviser, Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, isn’t too bad, but the AG (Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions) and CIA director (Republican congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas) suck.
The AG is anti-pot and the CIA Director is pro-domestic surveillance. I think Sessions is a racist, a term I don’t use lightly; and Pompeo actually said Snowden should be put to death.
In 1986, Sessions became only the second nominee in 50 years to be denied confirmation as a federal judge (by a republican committee) after allegations that he had made racist remarks. Citing DemocracyNow, two Republicans, including Arlen Specter, voted against him. His fellow senator from Alabama, Howell Heflin, also voted against him, citing, quote, “reasonable doubts” over Sessions’ ability to be “fair and impartial.”
Thomas Figures, a black Assistant U.S. Attorney, testified that Sessions said he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “OK until I found out they smoked pot.” Sessions later said that the comment was not serious, and apologized for it – but still, I think that joke shows you where his mind is at.
I’ll try and update this post as more nominations become public.