Trump's first cabinet meeting becomes festival of praise

President Donald Trump opened his Cabinet meeting Monday the way many might expect him to: listing the administration's accomplishments and criticizing Democratic "obstructionists" for hindering his agenda. But Trump invited the cameras to remain as he called on his senior-most advisers to "go around, name your position" and say a few words about the administration's work.

Another US federal appeals court has dealt another blow to president Donald Trump and his travel ban, which is set to be reviewed by the Supreme Court.

The 25-second video features the minority leader surrounded by his flattering staff, who are all praise for him just like Vice-President Mike Pence, U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and others were towards Trump.

The Senate's top Democrat Chuck Schumer also shared a video of the meeting in which he and staff members parodied the Trump Cabinet meeting. "I just thought we'd go 'round the room", Schumer says.

Betsy DeVos, secretary of education: "Mr. President, it's a privilege to serve the children of this country, to ensure that every child has an opportunity to get a great education, and therefore to get a great future".

"I ran 16 Cabinet meetings during Obama's 1st term", Chris Lu, former President Barack Obama's Cabinet secretary, wrote on Twitter.

Priebus was not alone in using the opportunity to praise Trump. His statement that it is a blessing to serve the president's agenda and the American people drew flak from some because of his use of the word "blessing", which made it sound like Priebus was leading a Thanksgiving prayer. Tom Price of Health and Human Services too was honoured to serve under Trump's leadership.

After that, each person at the table began their progress report with roughly the same message: Thank you, Mr. President.

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.

"My hat's off to you", Energy Secretary Rick Perry said, hailing Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

One staff member described Schumer's recent television appearance as "perfect", another suggested "you have great hair".

After CNN played clips from the meeting, Camerota said, "if you'll excuse me, I have to shower now". "They love you there".

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