President Donald Trump saw the eighth and ninth members of his Cabinet confirmed by the Senate Monday night, which leaves six remaining. More than three weeks after he took office, Trump now has at least half of his cabinet confirmed — the longest delay to reach that point in history.
The Daily Signal breaks down the numbers and finds that George Washington, the nation's first president, was the last commander-in-chief to have such a long wait to have a full Cabinet in place.
Washington, The Daily Signal notes, was inaugurated on April 30, 1789 but did not have a full cabinet until sometime in September of that year — which was understandable, given that the government was brand new.
The last president to have fewer than 10 cabinet nominees in place at this point in their first term was Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, who also had nine. Every president after him, from John F. Kennedy all the way to Barack Obama, had 10 or more cabinet nominees confirmed and sworn in.
Last week while cheering after the confirmation of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats' obstruction that has led to historic delays in getting a cabinet in place.
"We have a new president, and that president has now put forth an exceptional Supreme Court nominee and a number of well-qualified Cabinet nominees," the Kentucky Republican said.
"And yet, more than two weeks into his term, President Trump has the fewest cabinet secretaries confirmed at this point than any other incoming president since George Washington."
Trump himself has blasted the delays too.
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