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My Turn 2-5
Senate confirmations slog on
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Two weeks into his administration, President Donald Trump has had only five of his cabinet nominees confirmed by the Senate.Retired USMC Gen. John Kelly was confirmed by the Senate in an 88-11 vote as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security on Jan. 20, the same day President Trump was inaugurated. Compared to several nominees to come, Kelly was relatively uncontroversial, as attested to by his robust bipartisan seal of approval. Retired USMC Gen. James Mattis was also confirmed by the Senate the same day in another bipartisan 98-1 vote as Secretary of Defense.