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Trump's Cabinet picks aren't on board with all of his campaign promises.

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Trump's Cabinet picks aren't on board with all of his campaign promises.

WATCH | Several of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees had "job interviews," a.k.a. hearings on Capitol Hill this week. During the hearings, some of the nominees broke with Trump's campaign promises. Here's five examples where Trump and his potential Cabinet are out of sync. 

1. Banning Muslims 

Following a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif. in December 2015, Trump called for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the U.S. He has since walked back that position, but still wants "extreme vetting" for immigrants coming from countries that have a record with terrorism.

When asked about a possible ban, both Sen. Jeff Sessions and Rex Tillerson, Trump's nominees for Attorney General and Secretary of State, said they would not support a blanket ban on a religious group. 

2. Torture and war crimes 

During his campaign, Trump said that he would instruct the Department of Defense and intelligence agencies to use enhanced interrogation methods like waterboarding on suspected terrorists and "go after" their families, which is a war crime under international laws laid out at the Geneva Convention. 

When asked about whether or not soldiers should waterboard captives, Trump's pick for Secretary of Homeland Security Gen. John Kelly said the U.S. should not cross that line. 

Trump has said the U.S. should waterboard terrorists. 

Sessions also said that the U.S. should not torture its enemies. 

"Congress has taken action now that makes it absolutely improper and illegal to use waterboarding and any other form of torture," Sessions told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Rep. Mike Pompeo, Trump's pick to lead the CIA said he would "absolutely not" comply with any order to torture captives. 

Gen. James Mattis, Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense, was not asked about the policy.

3. Climate change 

Trump has made it clear that protecting the environment and reversing the effects of climate change are low on his priority list. He once tweeted that climate change was a hoax devised by the Chinese.  

However, Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil admitted to the Senate Foreign Relations committee this week that he believes "that the risk of climate change does exist and that the consequences of it could be serious enough that action should be taken," though he didn't specify what action.

4. Border wall 

Item number one on Trump's immigration agenda is to build a wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it. 

The details of the wall are still fuzzy, but already Kelly, who would be tasked with managing border patrol operations as head of DHS, is breaking from Trump's agenda. 

"A physical barrier in and of itself will not do the job, it has to be really a layered defense," he told members of the Homeland Security Committee.  

Trump is bent on building the wall, but has not specified a plan to pay for it. 

5. Relations with Russia 

Although Trump has now admitted he does think Russia was behind cyber attacks on the DNC during the 2016 election, he doesn't seem to be too concerned about it. During a news conference on Wednesday, Trump said he considered a friendly relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin an "asset, not a liability." 

However, many Republican members of Congress disagree with Trump's rosy view. Kremlin, Tillerson, Mattis, and Pompeo signaled they are willing to take a more muscular approach to combat Russian aggression. 

Mattis said the U.S. government must "recognize the reality of what we deal with," when it comes to Putin.  Meanwhile, Tillerson, who has close ties to Putin, said: "Russia must be held accountable for its actions." 


Trump's team isn't worried about the Cabinet nominees breaking from Trump's campaign message. 

Trump's press secretary Sean Spricer told reporters on Thursday that "at the end of the day, each one of them is going to pursue a Trump agenda." 

He said their statements were in response to questions about their personal views on policy and said Trump chose them for Cabinet positions so that they could share those views and their expertise with him. 

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