Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he didn't understand why furloughed federal workers, or those working without pay, might struggle or need to visit food banks. Democrats called him out of touch.
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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (center left) and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (center right) walk through a hotel lobby as they head to a state guest house to meet Chinese officials in Beijing on Friday. The talks included a "thorough exchange of views," Chinese media report.
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Wilbur Ross arriving for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee in January. Ross was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Monday night.
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Federal conflict-of-interest laws require officials like commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross (right) to divest holdings, but President Trump is not covered by those requirements.
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's attorney general and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the EPA, earlier this month.
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