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Q117. “How did the President’s Cabinet get its

A. Like many parts of the American political system, the idea of a cabinet
was borrowed from Great Britain. Hundreds of years ago, the word cabinet
referred to a small room, no bigger than a cabinet, that was located near the
private rooms of the king or queen. The monarch’s advisors would be brought to
the cabinet for confidential discussions about the empire. The most trusted
advisors visited the cabinet most often. They came to be called the cabinet
counsel, or simply, the cabinet (source).

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