COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 51 DAYS
President-elect Trump has filled two key financial, economic Cabinet posts today, including one with a “local.”
But first …
- Trump started the news cycle Wednesday by tweeting that he will be “leaving my great business in total” to focus on the presidency. He will explain in greater detail on Dec. 15. Read the complete set of tweets below.
- Trump also tweeted he will begin a “thank you” tour of states he won. On Thursday, he will be in Ohio.
As for appointments …
- Palm Beach billionaire businessman Wilbur Ross to join Trump Cabinet as Commerce Secretary. Todd Ricketts will be deputy secretary at Commerce.
- Trump taps ex-Goldman Sachs banker Steven Mnuchin for Treasury post.
- With two major Cabinet posts filled, question is, will Mitt Romney, who dined with Trump on Tuesday, be one of those offered a major role? Reports say there are four candidates for the Secretary of State post.
- Another news item expected today: Trump tweeted he is going to Indiana for a major announcement related to Carrier and its move of jobs to Mexico, or not.
Tuesday was an active day for the transition team, as several Cabinet seats filled, and deepening controversies over recounts and flag-burning.
- Trump early Tuesday chose Georgia congressman Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Price has been a strong critic of Obamacare. Trump also picked Elaine Chao to become transportation secretary. Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, served as labor secretary under President George W. Bush.
- Trump continued to be vocal on non-transition issues Tuesday morning, tweeting out there should be “consequences” for those who burn the U.S. flag.
Appointments and nominations made by the Donald Trump administration
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Reince Priebus
CHIEF STRATEGIST AND SENIOR COUNSELOR: Stephen K. Bannon
SECRETARY OF TREASURY: Steve Mnuchin
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross
SECRETARY OF LABOR: Victoria A. Lipnic
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Tom Price
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: Elaine Chao
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jeff Miller
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn
CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo
UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley
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, Defense Secretary, Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Energy Secretary, Homeland Security Secretary, EPA Administrator.
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