As we enter day three of confirmations (James Mattis, Ben Carson, and Michael Pompeo were questioned), an incredibly interesting theme has emerged. Many of the nominees have drawn clear distinctions between their views and those expressed by their future boss. Rex Tillerson indicated he did not oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. James Mattis expressed his views that America needs to be tough with Russia and described NATO as “the most successful military alliance probably in modern history, maybe ever.” Mike Pompeo said that as the head of the CIA, he would refuse to restart enhanced interrogation techniques. He also views the recent intel report on Russia’s efforts to hack the election to be “sound.”