How Voters View Trump’s Picks for Top Administration Posts

With several of President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for top administration posts set to undergo confirmation hearings this week, Morning Consult survey data shows many of his choices, but not all, are viewed favorably by voters.

While most of Trump’s choices are generally unknown — a plurality of voters either didn’t know or had no opinion about most of the picks — the numbers show a preference for nominees with a history of public service.

170109_cabinet_appointments

Correction: The chart in a previous version of this story incorrectly characterized which posts are under consideration, and the story misstated the number of individuals with confirmation hearings scheduled for this week.

Briefings

Washington Brief: Trump Calls Naming of Special Counsel the ‘Greatest Witch Hunt of a Politician’ in U.S. History

Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was named special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to oversee the FBI’s investigation into Russian connections to President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Trump responded on Twitter by saying the naming of a special counsel is “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Washington Brief: Chaffetz Demands FBI Turn Over All Records of Comey’s Meetings With Trump

A memo written in February by now-former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey says President Donald Trump urged him to abandon an FBI investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) demanded that the FBI turn over all documents related to meetings between Trump and Comey.

Washington Brief: Trump Defends Sharing Intelligence on ISIS With Russian Officials

President Donald Trump revealed classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador during a White House meeting last week, jeopardizing a source of intelligence on the Islamic State and drawing criticism from Republicans such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker. Trump later said on Twitter that he has an “absolute right” to share “facts” with Russia.

Load More