President Donald Trump has appointed the first of his Cabinet picks for his administration.
Here’s what we know about the first few weeks of the Trump administration so far:1.
Betsy DeVos has a reputation for being a champion for small businesses.
DeVos is the president’s nominee for education secretary.
The daughter of billionaire and philanthropist Charles and Betsy DeVos is a longtime advocate for helping small businesses, particularly for minority-owned ones.
She was an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act.2.
The president is expected to nominate the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
She will be a leading advocate for the law and its expansion.
She also was an adviser to the administration on consumer protections and privacy.3.
Health and human services secretary nominee Dr. Ben Carson has a long history of supporting the coal industry.
He has advocated for a cap on coal emissions and coal mining jobs.4.
The administration is expected at the end of this week to nominate for secretary of state John Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations.
Bolton was once a member of Trump’s transition team.
He is an adviser and former ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa and the Balkans.5.
Trump has chosen retired Marine Corps General John Kelly to be secretary of homeland security.
Kelly was a leading voice on the right on immigration and a critic of President Barack Obama’s policies.6.
Health care secretary nominee Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) has long advocated for affordable health care coverage for low-income Americans.
He will be an ardent advocate for repealing and replacing the Affordable Health Care Act and the Affordable Cuts and Jobs Act.7.
The White House has been working on a new budget that would slash government programs and redirect money to education and infrastructure.
It is not expected to be released until March, though the budget would likely be a priority of the new administration.8.
The Senate passed a sweeping package of budget cuts and other measures to ease the economic burden of Hurricane Harvey, including a reduction in the corporate tax rate to 20 percent from 35 percent.9.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is expected in the next few weeks to release a plan to help homeowners get on their feet.
It will include an end to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military.10.
Environmental protection secretary nominee Michael McKenna is an advocate for a more diversified economy and climate change mitigation.
He opposes drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and is also against the Keystone XL pipeline.11.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is a vocal supporter of the coal-fired power plants that pollute the air and water, and has previously said that the EPA should be focused on climate change.12.
The Pentagon is expected this week in the coming weeks to make a final determination on the Pentagon’s request for a new fighter jet.
The service wants the F-35 to have a stealthier design and faster speed and range than the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and F-16 Fighting Falcon jets that have been in service for nearly a century.
The plane will be used by the United States military and will replace the aging F-15E/Fs.