COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 62 DAYS
- President-elect Trump’s most high-profile agenda item today at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., was a meeting with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Romney and Trump bitterly attacked each other during the contentious primary season. Now, though, speculation is Romney is a candidate for Secretary of State. Romney did not answer questions after the meeting ended, only saying: “We had a far-reaching conversation with regard to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance. We discussed those areas and exchanged our views on those topics.”
- President-elect Trump earlier tweeted a demand for an apology from the cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton. The offense? The cast read a prepared statement last night after a performance attended by Vice President-elect Mike pence. The statement expressed concern about respect for diversity, among other issues, in a Trump administration.
- Also today, the president-elect is meeting with school reformer, Michelle Rhee, a Democrat. Rhee could be under consideration for U.S. Education Secretary.
- Another source of intrigue this weekend in Bedminster: Will Chris Christie join Trump? Having been passed over for the White House chief of staff and attorney general posts, it’s unclear whether Christie is in Trump’s plans.
Appointments and nominations made by the Donald Trump administration
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Reince Priebus
CHIEF STRATEGIST AND SENIOR COUNSELOR: Stephen K. Bannon
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions
LABOR SECRETARY: Victoria A. Lipnic
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jeff Miller
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn
CIA DIRECTOR:Mike Pompeo
Senior White House leadership team, listed on Donald Trump’s official presidential transition website: Vice President-Elect Mike Pence as team chair, with Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Newt Gingrich, Michael T. Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Sessions as vice chairs. The following have also been announced as joining the team’s executive committee: Lou Barletta, Marsha Blackburn, Pam Bondi (currently Florida’s Attorney General), Chris Collins, Jared Kushner, Tom Marino, Rebekah Mercer, Steven Mnuchin, Devin Nunes, Anthony Scaramucci, Peter Thiel, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, and Ivanka Trump.
POSITIONS THAT REMAIN TO BE FILLED: Secretary of State, Treasury Secretary, Defense Secretary, Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretary, Energy Secretary, Homeland Security Secretary, EPA Administrator, UN Ambassador.
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