Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for his incoming administration on Wednesday during another tense day of confirmation hearings.
“This is a swamp Cabinet full of bankers of billionaires,” Schumer told a crowd of reporters on Capitol Hill, referencing Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington. “Many of them have hard-right views, some of which directly contradict promises that the president-elect campaigned on.”
The Democrat senator specifically called out Georgia Rep. Tom Price, Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services Secretary, who has been a vocal proponent of Medicare overhaul.
“Mr. Price has made it his career to privatize, destroy Medicare as we know it. President-elect Trump said he won’t touch Medicare,” Schumer said. “The views contradict each other, and many of them are far, far over, away from the American mainstream.”
Price underwent questioning from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Wednesday morning. Other Trump nominees who are facing questions on Wednesday include commerce secretary pick Wilbur Ross, Environmental Protection Agency advisor pick Scott Pruitt, and UN ambassador pick Nikki Haley.
Listen to Schumer’s comments below:
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