Trump Adds Eight Women to His Economic Team

Trump Adds Eight Women to His Economic Team
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After Hillary Clinton earlier this week mocked Donald Trump’s team of economic advisers as including “six guys named Steve,” the Republican presidential nominee expanded his stable of advisers Thursday by nine people, eight of them women.

“These new members of our team are some of the best economic minds around right now, and they will continue to bring new ideas to our campaign that will strengthen and grow our economy,” Trump said in a statement.

As Clinton suggested, the initial list of Trump’s economic team members, released last week, included only men — six of whom indeed bear names that are variants of “Steve.” Most are wealthy businessmen or investors, and few boast experience as economists or academics.

Likewise, the newest advisers bring experience not in crafting economic policy but in making money. All of them are wealthy Republican donors, and four of the additions to Trump’s economic advisory council  — Diane Hendricks (pictured, with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker), Darlene Jordan, Anthony Scaramucci and Liz Uihlein — are also state chairs for his joint fundraising committee with the Republican National Committee.

Although they diversify Trump’s team in terms of gender, their resumes as donors would seem to further fuel the narrative Clinton attempted to shape at an event in Florida earlier this week, that Trump would answer to and act in the interest of the wealthiest Americans.

“He’s got, I don’t know, a dozen or so economic advisers he just named: hedge fund guys, billionaire guys, six guys named Steve, apparently," Clinton said. "And so, they wrote him a speech and he delivered it in Detroit. Now, they tried to make his old, tired ideas sound new. But, here’s what we all know, because we all heard it again: His tax plans will give super big tax breaks to large corporations and the really wealthy, just like him and the guys who wrote the speech, right?"

Trump’s support among voters on economic issues has recently been one of few bright spots for the GOP nominee in public polling. In an NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey that showed Clinton ahead by nine percentage points nationally, Trump led her by four points on the question of who could better handle the economy.

Trump sought to press that theme this week with a speech at the Detroit Economic Club, where he sought to reset his beleaguered campaign by promising a “tax revolution” and reductions in government regulations.

The speech was hailed by his supporters, and Steve Forbes, the wealthy publisher and former presidential candidate, wrote afterward on his website: “Hillary Clinton’s addiction to higher taxes is a godsend for Donald Trump, and today he took full advantage of it. It is his best hope for positively re-seizing the election initiative.”

Rebecca Berg is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at rberg@realclearpolitics.com.

 

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