One by one, they praised President Trump, taking turns complimenting his integrity, his message, his strength, his policies.
The White House's Cabinet consisted of a collection of secretaries, directors and senior staff that Trump had appointed and hired to execute his America First vision. Not only did they heap praise on their leader but many of them could not thank Donald Trump enough for the privilege to serve under him. "We have been about as active as you can possibly be at just about a record-setting pace". You saw Mattis there as the only person who really didn't join in that and made clear this is about something broader.
"I want to thank you for getting this country moving again, and working again", said Elaine Chao, the secretary of Transportation.
"Mr. President, what an honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services", Tom Price said to his boss, who definitely knew that already.
Trump used Monday's meeting to try to make a public case that - despite multiple investigations into election meddling by Russian Federation and other distractions - his administration is racking up accomplishments at a record clip. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said, "I want to congratulate you on the men and women you've placed around this table".
Trump's first Cabinet meeting panned as 'bizarre', members emphatically praise US President
"Michelle, how'd my hair look coming out of the gym this morning?"
"You have great hair". It's honestly pretty uncomfortable to watch - don't say we didn't warn you.
Trump got what he wanted on Monday - favorable words from his #cabinet members.
Unsurprisingly, everybody in the world has caught on to how pathetic that whole show was, but U.S. Senator from New York Chuck Schumer quickly jumped at the chance to poke fun at Trump's sad need for approval. Even Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who reportedly angered the president when he recused himself from the Russian investigation, considered it an honor to serve Trump, The Washington Post reported. And they see us in a new way across the board.
Trump's national security efforts were praised later in the meeting by his Cabinet secretaries, including Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency.