COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 61 DAYS
- Is President-elect Trump coming to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving? The Federal Aviation Administration has imposed flight restrictions for the resort’s airapce, including Palm Beach International Airport, from Tuesday to Friday. Speculation is Trump will be in town.
- President-elect Trump started his day in Bedminster with a comment about Saturday night, as in NBC’s Saturday Night Live. He tweeted the SNL cast and show was biased in its spoof — “… nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”, although it’s doubtful Sunday can rival the drama from Saturday. That’s when Trump and Mitt Romney, bitter foes during the primary season, met as speculation swirled about a role for Romney in a Trump administration.
- President-elect Trump also tweeted he was impressed by another key Cabinet candidate, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis. Mattis met with Trump on Saturday. The Wall Street Journal reported that Army Gen. David Petraeus is another candidate.
- A third tweet lauded New York’s U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, a Democrat. “He is far smarter than Harry R and has the ability to get things done. Good news!”
- On the meeting docket today: Chris Christie and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, two leading supporters. He’s also scheduled to meet with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
No appointments or and nominations were announced by the Donald Trump transition team on Saturday. So far, though, the following have been named for top jobs.
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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