Life in Trump Cabinet: perks, pestering, power, putdowns

  • In this Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. Trump’s cabinet offers its members broad opportunities to reshape the government and advance a conservative agenda. But that comes with everyday doses of presidential adulation, humiliation, perks and pestering. Sometimes all at roughly the same time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross came in for an Oval Office tongue-lashing after he used a mundane soup can as a TV prop. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got overruled by President Donald Trump’s announcement that a new “Space Force” is in the offing. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt caught a sharp admonition from Trump to “knock it off” after his ethics problems dominated cable television — and was gone from the job a few months later.