On Friday morning, Donald J. Trump, a walking staph infection, announced his new 13-member economic policy team, that includes several real estate investors, hedge fund managers, at least one poker player, a hot dog king, and not a single woman.
Names on the list, which the Trump campaign boasted as having “unparalleled experience and success in business” include Steve Roth, the founder and chairman of Vornado Realty Trust; oil and gas tycoon Harold Hamm; Vector Group President and CEO Howard Lorber; Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s national finance director and chairman/CEO of Dune Capital; top fundraiser Tom Barrack, the founder and chief executive at Colony Capital; Stephen M. Calk, chairman and CEO of The Federal Savings Bank; John Paulson, president and CEO of investment firm Paulson & Co.; Andy Beal, a banker, businessman and poker player; and Steve Feinberg, co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Capital Management.
Trump advisers David Malpass, Peter Navarro, Stephen Moore and Dan DiMicco are also on the list, led by Stephen Miller, the national policy director, and deputy policy director Dan Kowalski. The Trump campaign said that more names will be added at a later date.
Not only does the list boast zero women, it also boasts zero people of color and, incidentally, only one trained economist.
The list does make a lot of sense for Donald: he has a noted revulsion of women who don’t look like Playboy bunnies, and in 1991 he said, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
And in a Wednesday interview with First Coast News, he was asked to name potential women he would invite to be part of his cabinet—he was unable to name anyone but Ivanka, his daughter.
“Well, we have so many different ones to choose,” Trump said. “I can tell you everybody would say, ‘Put Ivanka in, put Ivanka in,’ you know that, right? She’s very popular, she’s done very well, and you know Ivanka very well. But there really are so many talented people...”
“I am pleased that we have such a formidable group of experienced and talented individuals that will work with me to implement real solutions for the economic issues facing our country,” Trump said of his economic team in a statement. “For too long we have watched as President Obama and Hillary Clinton have ruined our economy and decimated the middle class. I am going to be the greatest jobs President our country has ever seen.”