Trump Showered With Praise in First Cabinet Meeting

'We've achieved tremendous success,' he says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2017 2:26 AM CDT
President Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – "We've achieved tremendous success," President Trump declared at his first formal Cabinet meeting on Monday, and he certainly wasn't the only one praising his administration: Asked by Trump to introduce themselves, the group took it in turns to flatter the president before reporters were ushered from the White House's Cabinet Room, the Guardian reports. Chief of Staff Reince Priebus was among the most effusive, saying, "We thank you for the opportunity and the blessing that you've given us to serve your agenda and the American people," reports the Telegraph. "It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president," said Mike Pence. "The president is keeping his word to the American people."

"Never has there been a president, with few exceptions, the case of FDR—he had a major Depression to handle—who's passed more legislation, who's done more things than what we've done," Trump said, claiming to have delivered on campaign promises at "record-setting pace," NBC News reports. Some Cabinet members gave brief updates on the work of their departments, while others stuck to praise. "Mr. President, what an incredible honor it is to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this time under your leadership," said Tom Price. The tone of the meeting was mocked by Trump critics including Chuck Schumer, who tweeted a mock video in which aides showered him with compliments, Reuters reports. (Read more Trump Cabinet stories.)

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