Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 62 DAYS

LATEST NEWS

  • 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.

THE SCORECARD

Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus

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

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon

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.

 

STORIES THAT MATTERED MOST

Steve Bannon: If Trump delivers, GOP will govern for 50 years

Florida scientists ask for sit down with Trump to talk climate change

Trump’s choice for national security adviser called Islam a ‘cancer’

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