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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. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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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. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Trade Team Leaves China Talks Without Any Big Breakthroughs

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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. T.J. Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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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. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ethics Watchdog Has Big Impact On Federal Workers, But Not On Trump

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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. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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