The Numbers Don’t Lie: Comparing Trump’s Cabinet Confirmations With Obama’s
Donald Trump began his presidency with fewer Cabinet nominations confirmed than any other president in almost 30 years.
Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama had seven of their nominees confirmed by their first day in office in 2001 and 2009. Bill Clinton had three confirmed the day he was sworn in.
Trump had two.
By this time in 2001, Bush had his entire Cabinet confirmed. In 2009, Obama only need three more confirmations to have his Cabinet filled. Trump has been in office for 21 days, and with the confirmation of Jeff Sessions Wednesday night, now has eight of his nominees confirmed.
He still has eleven who are in limbo.
Press secretary Sean Spicer has repeatedly said that he believes Senate Democrats are purposefully slow-walking the president’s nominees.
“It’s time for Senate Democrats to stop playing political games with the core functions of government, and to allow President Trump’s unquestionably qualified and talented group of Cabinet nominees to get to work on behalf of the American people,” Spicer has said in recent weeks. (RELATED: Sean Spicer Accuses Democrats Of Delaying Cabinet Nominations)
Trump called it a disgrace.
It is a disgrace that my full Cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 8, 2017