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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it is realistic to have a handful of cabinet nominees confirmed and ready to begin serving Donald Trump's presidential administration on day one.
After meeting with the president-elect, McConnell told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby that “everybody will be properly vetted as they have been in the past,” adding:
“I'm hopeful we'll get up to six or seven, particularly the national security team, in place on day one.”
McConnell was at Trump Tower in New York to discuss the nominees, the Affordable Care Act repeal and upcoming Senate agenda with President-elect Trump.
“The president-elect and I had a good meeting about the Senate agenda, which of course includes confirming the cabinet appointments, getting further down the road toward repealing and replacing Obamacare,” McConnell said. “We simply talked about the Senate agenda and how we're ready to get going once he gets down there.”
McConnell's comments echoed what he said on CBS' “Face the Nation” Sunday, that while he understands Democrats' frustration with the nomination process, confirming national security nominees is a priority.
“I was in Senator Schumer’s position eight years ago. I know how it feels when you are coming into a new situation that the other guys won the election. What did we do? We confirmed seven cabinet appointments the day President Obama was sworn in. We didn't like most of them either. But he won the election."
“So all of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration in having not only lost the White House but having lost the Senate,” McConnell added. "I understand that, but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that. We need to have the president's national security team in place on day one.”