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Duckworth Criticizes Trump for Appointing Generals to Cabinet

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By    |   Monday, 19 Dec 2016 12:04 PM

Rep. Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill., is criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for picking too many retired military generals for his Cabinet.

"We're the greatest nation on the face of the Earth, and the greatest democracy, because we're not a military junta," Duckworth, an incoming senator, told David Axelrod on "The Axe Files" podcast, produced by the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.

"So we shouldn't be starting on that slippery slope towards it."

The Hill notes Trump has picked a number of retired military generals to fill various posts in his new administration, including retired Lt. General Michael Flynn for national security adviser, retired Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary and retired Gen. John Kelly for secretary of Homeland Security.

Duckworth, an Iraq war combat veteran who lost both legs when her helicopter was shot down, told Axelrod public hearings are necessary for "the American people to know what the dangers are and what's at stake."

But Duckworth added she would look at each nominee's qualifications.

"If they're qualified to do the job, they're qualified to do the job … even if I disagree with their philosophy," she told Axelrod.

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Rep. Tammy Duckworth. D-Ill., is criticizing President-elect Donald Trump for picking too many retired military generals for his Cabinet.
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