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President Moon holds luncheon meeting to hear views of holdover cabinet

President Moon holds luncheon meeting to hear views of holdover cabinet


We start with the luncheon President Moon
held today at the presidential office for current members of the cabinet. Our Hwang Ho-jun is standing by at the Presidential
office. Hojun, first tell us who’s come to Cheong
Wa Dae for lunch. Right, Devin. President Moon has been holding a luncheon
with his cabinet members since noon. Now just to clarify, as you said, these are
the *sitting* cabinet ministers — holdovers from the previous Park Geun-hye administration
— not the ‘prospetive members’ of a new Cabinet that President Moon will be nominating. Sixteen of the current members of the total
eighteen cabinet members have attended — the ministries of culture and justice being vacant
for now. The chairmen of the Financial Services Commission
and the Fair Trade Commission, both considered to be of Cabinet Rank are also joining, along
with several Presidential staff. So you might be wondering what this get together
is all about. Well, we don’t know for sure on everything
the lunch entails… But as a matter of fact, Park Su-hyun, the
Blue House spokesperson, will give a press briefing on how the luncheon went very soon. According to a Cheong Wa Dae official this
morning, President Moon had said he wanted to use the luncheon as an opportunity to listen
closely to the sincere advice of those currently holding the posts. He had also said he would like to give them
some encouragement… since they’re likely to work with the President at least for a
while until he fills the posts with new officials,… To refresh your memory, as of now, President
Moon has made only two nominations — Kim Dong-yeon for finance minister and Kang Kyung-hwa
foreign minister — their confirmation hearings to be held in the days to come. So to make this very clear:
Though the nomination process is taking a while, this luncheon does not suggest that
President Moon plans to keep the incumbent ministers for good. In fact, Cheong Wa Dae, time and time again,
explained why the nomination process is taking so long,… saying they’re taking the ‘better
safe than sorry’ approach, emphasizing that a legitimate and appropriate selection trumps
speed. I’ll make sure to bring you more details later
today. Devin.

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