President-elect Donald Trump says he welcomes the contrary views of Cabinet choices that have been aired in congressional hearings this week, summing up his message to his incoming team this way: “Be yourself.”
“I told them, ‘Be yourself, and say what you want to say. Don’t worry about me,” Trump told reporters in New York Friday. “I may be right, they may be right. But I said, ‘Be yourself.’ I could have said, ‘Do this, say that.’ I don’t want that.”
During confirmation hearings. senators, particularly Democrats, have been keen to illustrate the apparent daylight between the president-elect and the men and women who will lead key departments.