President-elect Donald Trump's full Cabinet may not be in place until well after he takes the oath of office on Friday, perhaps taking the longest since President George H.W. Bush in 1989, according to an analysis by Politico.
Though Trump's own party controls 52 Senate seats, a few nominees, including secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson have possible Republican detractors. Others have ethics concerns, such as Rep. Tom Price, the Health and Human Services secretary nominee who is reported to have introduced legislation that would help a company he was invested in.
"We were presented with the problem that the Trump administration was basically unprepared for presenting a Cabinet," Democratic Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse told Politico. "They compounded that problem by picking both billionaires with enormously complicated financial situations, and people who have enormous conflicts of interests."
The national security team is likely to be largely in place on Friday, which would fill the positions of defense secretary, CIA director and Homeland Security secretary. Transportation secretary nominee Elaine Chao and Housing and Urban Development nominee Ben Carson also are expected to see smooth sailing.
But others, like Education pick Betsy DeVoss, whose confirmation hearing turned contentious early on Tuesday, might take a while.
"We feel very strongly there ought to be another hearing [for DeVos]," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told the website. "This will affect how the rest of the nominees will go forward."
Senate Majority White John Cornyn of Texas vowed not to let Democrats slow down the process.
In Bush's case, some nominees weren't confirmed until March. However, Bush was taking over from fellow Republican Ronald Reagan and could keep Reagan's Cabinet members during the process.
Trump will be keeping none of Democrat President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
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