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Don’t take my word for it.
Barely nine months into President Donald Trump’s term, prominent figures on both sides of the political divide are already wondering whether the administration could be historically incompetent.
Bruce Bartlett, economic historian and former adviser to President Ronald Reagan, took to Twitter and suggested that Trump’s cabinet picks may end up being viewed as the worst ever, singling out Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and recently-resigned former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price:
Every member of Trump's cabinet may go down in history as the worst secretary of that department in history. Price & DeVos already are.
— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) September 30, 2017
Alan Krueger, ex-head of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, responded without skipping a beat, referring to Mick Mulvaney, head of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin:
@pdacosta True of Mulvaney and Mnuchin too.
— Alan B. Krueger (@Alan_Krueger) October 2, 2017
Mnuchin and his wife have come under fire for being among the many Trump cabinet members that appear to be living lavishly on the taxpayer dime – and bragging about it on social media. More broadly, many in Washington see him as a policy dilettante generally disliked by Republicans and Democrats alike.
Brad DeLong, a Berkeley economist and former Treasury official under President Bill Clinton, shared Krueger’s brutal assessment of the Treasury Secretary:
who was worse than Mnuchin?
— Brad DeLong ???????? (@delong) October 2, 2017
That Mnuchin is one of the primary architects of Trump’s tax cut plan should give little comfort to Wall Street, where repeated stock market records this year have been predicated on the legislation’s passage.