February 01, 2017

Trump cabinet: Democrats boycott health and treasury picks

Senate Democrats
US Senate Democrats are boycotting confirmation votes for two of President Donald Trump's key cabinet nominees, forcing the votes to be postponed.
Senate committees had been expected to approve several candidates, in the second week of Mr Trump's presidency.
Democrats said they wanted more information about the financial activities of health nominee Tom Price and treasury pick Stephen Mnuchin.
Mr Trump had earlier said the Democrats were obstructing the political process.
A vote on attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions was also postponed.
On Monday the acting attorney general was sacked for questioning the legality of Mr Trump's immigration directive.
It imposes a temporary travel ban on seven mainly-Muslim countries.
Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had been appointed by President Barack Obama.

'Acting like idiots'

Democratic Senators from the Finance Committee told reporters outside the hearing for health and treasury nominees that they were seeking more information about Tom Price's trading in health company stock.
The Georgia Congressman has been nominated for the post of health and human services secretary in the new administration.
The senators said they were also concerned by reports of financier Stephen Mnuchin's behaviour involving foreclosures at his former bank OneWest.