Donald Trump: ‘Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies…’

Donald Trump, wife Melania and son Barron on New Year's Eve at Mar-a-Lago last year. (Debbie Schatz/Palm Beach Daily News)
Donald Trump, wife Melania and son Barron on New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago last year. (Debbie Schatz/Palm Beach Daily News)

PALM BEACH — As he wraps up a holiday stay at Mar-a-Lago, President-elect Donald Trump extended New Year’s wishes via Twitter this morning “to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do.”

 

New Year's greetings from the president-elect.
New Year’s greetings from the president-elect.

His tweet ends in signature Trumpian exclamatory style: “Love!”

 

Trump plans to ring in 2017 tonight at his Mar-a-Lago Club with Sylvester Stallone and more than 800 others.

 

Trump’s latest tweet is a reminder that he enjoys winning — and offering barbed magnanimity to those he has defeated.

 

Less than three weeks away from being inaugurated as America’s 45th president, however, Trump’s latest New Year’s tweet is slightly toned down from his classic New Year’s tweet from two years ago.

 

Trump wished "all haters and losers" a happy 2015.
Trump wished “all haters and losers” a happy 2015.

With 2014 in its waning hours, Trump looked to 2015 and tweeted: “To EVERYONE, including all haters and losers, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Work hard, be smart and always remember,  WINNING TAKES CARE OF EVERYTHING!”

 

Trump in 2013 and 2014 also wished “haters and losers” a happy Father’s Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving and Memorial Day.

 

But he has largely retired the phrase since becoming a presidential candidate in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Palm Beach County residents will perform in President-elect Trump’s Jan. 20 inaugural parade. John Fischer of Delray Beach will play the bagpipes with the Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, he told The Palm Beach Post earlier this month. J.T. Kavanagh of Delray Beach Fire Rescue also will perform with the group, playing the snare drum. The Presidential Inaugural Committee on Friday announced an initial lineup of groups set to perform the inaugural parade next month.

Former Texas Congressman Henry Bonilla met with Trump on Friday afternoon. He told reporters he discussed the role of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture with the president-elect and said he believed a decision was close. The Agriculture Dept. post is one of a couple cabinet posts still to be filled. Texas agricultural commissioner Sid Miller also met with Trump to discuss agriculture.

Trump applauded Russia’s show of restraint following the Obama administration sanctions and expulsions of officials. Trump tweeted of Putin:  “I always knew he was very smart!”

And he tweeted support for a pre-inaugural party hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown and former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddy DeBartolo.

This evening, Trump hosts a New Year’s Eve party with 800 guests at Mar-a-Lago.

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WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Reince Priebus

CHIEF STRATEGIST AND SENIOR COUNSELOR: Stephen K. Bannon

SECRETARY OF STATE: Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF TREASURY: Steve Mnuchin

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: James Mattis

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross

Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon

SECRETARY OF LABOR: Andrew Puzder

SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Tom Price

SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Ben Carson

SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: Elaine Chao

SECRETARY OF ENERGY: Rick Perry

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: John Kelly

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

EPA ADMINISTRATOR: Scott Pruitt

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HEAD: Linda McMahon

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.

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Palm Beach County men to perform in Donald Trump’s inaugural parade

The Presidential Inaugural Committee on Friday announced an initial lineup of groups set to perform in President-elect Donald Trump’s inaugural parade on Jan. 20.

From marching bands to dance groups, there are more 40 organizations composed of more than 8,000 people on the list, the committee said in a news release. No Palm Beach County groups are on the initial list, but one group slated to perform does include two Palm Beach County residents.

Employees of the Architect of the Capitol put up a fence at the West Front of the Capitol as construction of the 2017 presidential inaugural platform continues December 8, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Employees of the Architect of the Capitol put up a fence at the West Front of the Capitol as construction of the 2017 presidential inaugural platform continues December 8, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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John Fischer of Delray Beach will play the bagpipes with the Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums, he told The Palm Beach Post earlier this month. J.T. Kavanagh of Delray Beach Fire Rescue also will perform with the group, playing the snare drum.

“I’m very patriotic and I love my country,” Fischer previously told The Post. “This is definitely a bucket-list item.”

Read more about Fischer from The Post’s Lulu Ramadan.

Here’s the full list of groups set to perform in the parade. In addition to these groups, the committee said each branch of the military also will be represented.

• 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment – Fort Hood, Texas
• 1st Infantry Commanding General’s Mounted Color – Ft. Riley, Kansas
• Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team – Burlington, Kentucky
• Caisson Platoon, Fort Myer – Fort Myer, Virginia
• Cleveland Police Mounted Unit – Cleveland, Ohio
• Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes & Drums – Palm Coast, Florida
• Columbus North High School Band – Columbus, Indiana
• Culver Academy Equestrian – Culver, Indiana
• First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
• Fishburne Military School Army JROTC Caissons Battalion – Fishburne, Virginia
• Frankfort High School Band – Ridgeley, West Virginia
• Franklin Regional High School Panther Marching Band – Murrysville, Pennsylvania
• Indianapolis Metro Police Motorcycle Drill Team – Indianapolis, Indiana
• Kids Overseas – Richmond Hill, Georgia
• Lil Wranglers – College Station, Texas
• Marist College Band – Poughkeepsie, New York
• Merced County Sheriff’s Posse – Hilmar, California
• Michigan Multi-Jurisdictional Mounted Police Drill Team & Color Guard – Ann Arbor, Michigan
• Mid America Cowgirls Rodeo Drill Team – New Buffalo, Michigan
• Nassau County Firefighters Pipes & Drums – East Meadow, New York
• North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association – Hillsborough, North Carolina
• NYPD Emerald Society Pipes & Drums – East Moriches, New York
• Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, Illinois
• Palmetto Ridge High School Band – Naples, Florida
• Russellville High School Band – Russellville, Arkansas
• Talladega College Band – Talladega, Alabama
• Texas State University Strutters – San Marcos, Texas
• The Citadel Regimental Band & Pipes and Summerall Guards – Charleston, South Carolina
• The Freedom Riders – Kersey, Colorado
• Tragedy Assistance Marching Unit – Arlington, Virginia
• Tupelo High School Band – Tupelo, Mississippi
• University of Tennessee Marching Band – Knoxville, Tennessee
• VMI Corps of Cadets – Lexington, Virginia
• West Monroe High School Marching Band – West Monroe, Louisiana
• American Veterans – National
• Boy Scouts of America – National
• US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations – National
• Disabled American Veterans – National
• US Border Patrol Pipes & Drums – National
• Wounded Warriors – National

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Donald Trump’s New Year’s Eve party: Stallone, other celebs to attend

New details have been released about President-elect Donald Trump’s upcoming New Year’s Eve party.

Trump has held an annual bash at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach for years, in the past drawing big names like Vanessa Williams, Regis Philbin and Rod Stewart. Among the 800 guests at this year’s event will be movie star Sylvester Stallone, Trump’s transition team said Friday in a conference call with reporters.

President-elect Donald Trump, left, stands with boxing promoter Don King as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. Could the two Dons party together for New Year's Eve? (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump, left, stands with boxing promoter Don King as he speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. Could the two Dons party together for New Year’s Eve? (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Michael and Laurie Gelman and Regis and Joy Philbin spend New Year's Eve at Mar-a-Lago in 2006. (Provided)
Michael and Laurie Gelman and Regis and Joy Philbin spend New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago in 2006. (Provided)

Trump spokesman Sean Spicer had said in the conference call that music executive Quincy Jones would attend the party, something Jones’ spokesman later refuted, telling Variety that Jones would spend the holiday at home with his family.

The Trumps will kick off the night at 7:30 with a party on Mar-a-Lago’s patio, then move inside for dancing until 1 a.m. The event is sold out, Trump’s team said.

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Jose Graterol Designs of Miami is handling decorations for the event. Steve Levine, the company’s business manager, said the decorations will have crystal and gold accessories with white and green flowers. There will be custom-designed hanging floral garlands over the dance floor, he added.

“We’re excited, we’re honored. We’ve done it for the past two years, so this year feels a little different with (Trump’s) new position,” Levine said. “It will be elegant and sophisticated, unique. We never repeat a party, so it’s always different.”

The band, Trump’s team said, will be Party on the Moon, which has performed at the Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve party for the past five years.

Trump is set to return to Trump Tower in New York City on New Year’s Day.

Get the latest on the transition with our Countdown to the Inauguration.

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President-elect Trump and President Obama played brinksmanship with Russian diplomacy.

Obama retaliated for suspected Russian inteference in the U.S. presidential campaign by imposing sanctions and expelling Russian government officials in the U.S. Trump then issued a statement saying it’s “time for our country to move on to bigger and better things.”

The president-elect, a spokesman said, spent most of Thursday working on his inaugural address.

Trump is going to spend just a few more days enjoying Florida’s sunshine. The part-time Palm Beach resident is expected to stay at his Mar-a-Lago Club until New Year’s Day.

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CHIEF STRATEGIST AND SENIOR COUNSELOR: Stephen K. Bannon

SECRETARY OF STATE: Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF TREASURY: Steve Mnuchin

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: James Mattis

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross

Steve Bannon Steve Bannon

SECRETARY OF LABOR: Andrew Puzder

SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Tom Price

SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Ben Carson

SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: Elaine Chao

SECRETARY OF ENERGY: Rick Perry

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: John Kelly

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

EPA ADMINISTRATOR: Scott Pruitt

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION HEAD: Linda McMahon

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.

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READ: Obama’s statement and executive order on Russian sanctions over hacking

UPDATE: Scroll down to read Russia’s response.

President Barack Obama on Thursday announced sanctions against Russia in response to what he called in a statement the “aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election.”

Obama said that in addition to the sanctions, which he imposed on Russian intelligence agencies and several Russian officials, the U.S. State Department has declared 35 Russian intelligence operatives “persona non grata” and given them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S.

President Barack Obama (Getty Images)
President Barack Obama (Getty Images)

U.S. intelligence agencies have said that Russia’s goal in the hacking of U.S. political email accounts and websites was to help Donald Trump win the presidency. However, Trump has dismissed those findings. When asked about possible sanctions on Wednesday night, the president-elect told reporters, “I think we ought to get on with our lives.” Trump’s supporters have echoed that statement, with some saying the intelligence agencies’ claims are part of a larger effort to de-legitimize Trump’s win.

Russia has denied the allegations.

Obama’s full statement

“Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior.

“All Americans should be alarmed by Russia’s actions. In October, my Administration publicized our assessment that Russia took actions intended to interfere with the U.S. election process. These data theft and disclosure activities could only have been directed by the highest levels of the Russian government. Moreover, our diplomats have experienced an unacceptable level of harassment in Moscow by Russian security services and police over the last year. Such activities have consequences. Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response.

“I have issued an executive order that provides additional authority for responding to certain cyber activity that seeks to interfere with or undermine our election processes and institutions, or those of our allies or partners. Using this new authority, I have sanctioned nine entities and individuals: the GRU and the FSB, two Russian intelligence services; four individual officers of the GRU; and three companies that provided material support to the GRU’s cyber operations. In addition, the Secretary of the Treasury is designating two Russian individuals for using cyber-enabled means to cause misappropriation of funds and personal identifying information. The State Department is also shutting down two Russian compounds, in Maryland and New York, used by Russian personnel for intelligence-related purposes, and is declaring “persona non grata” 35 Russian intelligence operatives. Finally, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are releasing declassified technical information on Russian civilian and military intelligence service cyber activity, to help network defenders in the United States and abroad identify, detect, and disrupt Russia’s global campaign of malicious cyber activities.

“These actions are not the sum total of our response to Russia’s aggressive activities. We will continue to take a variety of actions at a time and place of our choosing, some of which will not be publicized. In addition to holding Russia accountable for what it has done, the United States and friends and allies around the world must work together to oppose Russia’s efforts to undermine established international norms of behavior, and interfere with democratic governance. To that end, my Administration will be providing a report to Congress in the coming days about Russia’s efforts to interfere in our election, as well as malicious cyber activity related to our election cycle in previous elections.”

Obama’s executive order

TAKING ADDITIONAL STEPS TO ADDRESS THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO SIGNIFICANT MALICIOUS CYBER-ENABLED ACTIVITIES

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,

I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, in order to take additional steps to deal with the national emergency with respect to significant malicious cyber-enabled activities declared in Executive Order 13694 of April 1, 2015, and in view of the increasing use of such activities to undermine democratic processes or institutions, hereby order:

Section 1. Section 1(a) of Executive Order 13694 is hereby amended to read as follows:

“Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

(i) the persons listed in the Annex to this order;

(ii) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, directly or indirectly, cyber-enabled activities originating from, or directed by persons located, in whole or in substantial part, outside the United States that are reasonably likely to result in, or have materially contributed to, a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States and that have the purpose or effect of:

(A) harming, or otherwise significantly compromising the provision of services by, a computer or network of computers that support one or more entities in a critical infrastructure sector;

(B) significantly compromising the provision of services by one or more entities in a critical infrastructure sector;

(C) causing a significant disruption to the availability of a computer or network of computers;

(D) causing a significant misappropriation of funds or economic resources, trade secrets, personal identifiers, or financial information for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain; or

(E) tampering with, altering, or causing a misappropriation of information with the purpose or effect of interfering with or undermining election processes or institutions; and

(iii) any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State:

(A) to be responsible for or complicit in, or to have engaged in, the receipt or use for commercial or competitive advantage or private financial gain, or by a commercial entity, outside the United States of trade secrets misappropriated through cyber-enabled means, knowing they have been misappropriated, where the misappropriation of such trade secrets is reasonably likely to result in, or has materially contributed to, a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States;

(B) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any activity described in subsections (a)(ii) or (a)(iii)(A) of this section or any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order;

(C) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(D) to have attempted to engage in any of the activities described in subsections (a)(ii) and (a)(iii)(A)-(C) of this section.”

Sec. 2. Executive Order 13694 is further amended by adding as an Annex to Executive Order 13694 the Annex to this order.

Sec. 3. Executive Order 13694 is further amended by redesignating section 10 as section 11 and adding a new section 10 to read as follows:

“Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to determine that circumstances no longer warrant the blocking of the property and interests in property of a person listed in the Annex to this order, and to take necessary action to give effect to that determination.”

Sec. 4. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 5. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time on December 29, 2016.

BARACK OBAMA

THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 28, 2016.

Response from Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova

“The outgoing US administration has not given up on its hope of dealing one last blow to relations with Russia, which it has already destroyed. Using obviously inspired leaks in the US media, it is trying to threaten us again with expansion of anti-Russian sanctions, “diplomatic” measures and even subversion of our computer systems. Moreover, this final New Year’s “greeting” from Barack Obama’s team, which is already preparing to leave the White House, is being cynically presented as a response to some cyber-attacks from Moscow.

“Frankly speaking, we are tired of lies about Russian hackers that continue to be spread in the United States from the very top. The Obama administration launched this misinformation half a year ago in a bid to play up to the required nominee at the November presidential election and, having failed to achieve the desired effect, has been trying to justify its failure by taking it out with a vengeance on Russian-US relations.

“However, the truth about the White House-orchestrated provocation is bound to surface sooner or later. In fact, this is already happening. On December 8, US media quoted Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp as saying that the local authorities tracked down the origin of a hacker attack on his voter registration database after the election. The attack was traced to an IP address of the Department of Homeland Security. This was followed by an attempt to quickly cover up this information by a flood of new anti-Russian accusations that did not contain a single piece of evidence.

“We can only add that if Washington takes new hostile steps, it will receive an answer. This applies to any actions against Russian diplomatic missions in the United States, which will immediately backfire at US diplomats in Russia. The Obama administration probably does not care at all about the future of bilateral relations, but history will hardly forgive it for this après-nous-le-deluge attitude.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Donald Trump reportedly writing his inauguration speech with input from advisers

President-elect Donald Trump plans to write the speech he will give at his inauguration on Jan. 20, according to a report from CNN.

Historian Douglas Brinkley, who met with Trump on Wednesday, told CNN that Trump “wants to write the inaugural himself.” Trump is expected to work on the speech Thursday at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach home where he has spent the past week and half for the Christmas holiday.

It wouldn’t be the first time a presidential speech was penned in Palm Beach. A draft of a speech John F. Kennedy wrote to announce his candidacy was sold for $160,000 at an auction in Boston in October 2015. The letterhead read “North Ocean Boulevard/Palm Beach, Florida.” It was most likely from 1959. JFK delivered the speech on Jan. 2, 1960, in the U.S. Senate Caucus Room.

As for Trump, incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday that Trump will meet with several key advisers — incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, policy strategist Stephen Miller, K.T. McFarland and campaign chief and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway — throughout the day to get input on his inaugural address.

He’s set to return to New York on New Year’s Day.

Donald Trump attends a farmer's roundtable event at Bedner Farms west of Boynton Beach Monday, October 24, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Donald Trump attends a farmer’s roundtable event at Bedner Farms west of Boynton Beach Monday, October 24, 2016. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

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Brinkley told CNN that Trump wants to keep the speech short: “He doesn’t want people standing out in the cold,” he added.

Trump’s transition team previously had told CNN that Trump would be helped in writing his address by Miller, who also wrote Trump’s speech for the Republican National Convention in July.

The Washington Post reported yesterday that Trump told visitors to Mar-a-Lago that he’s looking to presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan for inspiration in writing his speech.

According to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, President George Washington delivered the shortest inauguration speech to date, at just 135 words. William Henry Harrison’s inaugural address was the longest, at more than 8,000 words. Click here to read and listen/watch (if available) every presidential inauguration speech.

Details of the inauguration continue to trickle out. Yesterday, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced six faith leaders who will take part in the swearing-in ceremony, including Orlando-area Pastor Paula White, who has served as a spiritual adviser to Trump for years.

A schedule of events was released on Dec. 21. In addition to the swearing-in, parade and balls held on the day of Trump’s inauguration, there will be a “Make America Great Again!” Welcome Celebration open to the general public on Jan. 19 at the Lincoln Memorial.

Read more from CNN.

 

Donald Trump to stay in Palm Beach until New Year’s Day

President-elect Donald Trump is going to spend just a few more days enjoying Florida’s sunshine.

The part-time Palm Beach resident is expected to stay at his Mar-a-Lago Club until New Year’s Day, when he will return to New York City, a spokesman for Trump’s transition team said Wednesday in a conference call with reporters.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Details on Trump’s New Year’s Eve plans have yet to be announced.

In past years, Trump has held lavish events at Mar-a-Lago to ring in the new year, with celebrity attendees including Rod Stewart, Woody Allen and Regis Philbin. Vanessa Williams performed at the gala in 2004.

Vanessa Williams performed at Mar-a-Lago's New Year's Eve Gala on Dec. 31, 2004.  (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Vanessa Williams performed at Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve Gala on Dec. 31, 2004. (Palm Beach Post staff file photo)
Michael and Laurie Gelman and Regis and Joy Philbin spend New Year's Eve at Mar-a-Lago in 2006. (Provided)
Michael and Laurie Gelman and Regis and Joy Philbin spend New Year’s Eve at Mar-a-Lago in 2006. (Provided)

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After spending a few, low-key days at Mar-a-Lago for the Christmas holiday, Trump was back to a packed schedule Wednesday as he works to fill several still-vacant cabinet slots ahead of his Jan. 20 inauguration. Among his meetings: Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, and contenders for secretary of the Department of Agriculture. Trump also reportedly held a meeting Wednesday on improving veterans’ access to health care, according to a pool report.

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Transition spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed President-elect Trump has dedicated Thursday to working on his inaugural speech. Spicer recapped the list of meetings from Wednesday, which included a session with medical professionals to discuss veterans health care.

Spicer said four Cabinet remain slots open, more than 75 calls have been held with world leaders, there are 205 landing team members deployed across 38 agencies and departments, and more than 200,000 people “have shared their thoughts on how to make America great again”

On Wednesday, President-elect Trump and President Obama continued their jabbing from tropical locales on opposite sides of the country.

From Mar-a-Lago here in sunny Palm Beach, Trump tweeted he was doing his “best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.” That was seen as a response, in part, to not-so-subtle jabs at Obama’s speech in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor in which, among other things, Obama cautioned against “demonizing” those who are different.

Trump also announced that satellite and tech company OneWeb, which has operations on Florida’s Space Coast, will add 3,000 jobs. In addition, the president-elect said Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the United States from overseas.

Trump also interviewed a pair of candidates for the still vacant Agriculture Secretary post in the Cabinet. They were former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado and Dr. Elsa Murano, a former USDA official.

A Florida pastor, Paula White of the Orlando-area church New Destiny Christian Center, has been added to the list of faith leaders who will participate in the inaugural swearing-in ceremonies on Jan. 20.

Trump also met the CEO of Marvel Entertainment, Ike Perlmutter. the comic book mogul is a known Trump supporter, and also a neighbor. Perlmutter owns a Palm Beach condo.

Trump also again criticized the U.S. refusal to block a United Nations resolution critical of Israel.

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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 STATE: Rex Tillerson

SECRETARY OF TREASURY: Steve Mnuchin

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: James Mattis

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions

SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke

SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross

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What does OneWeb, company Trump said will bring 3,000 jobs to U.S., do?

President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday afternoon that OneWeb, a company with offices in Florida, California and Virginia, will create 3,000 jobs in the United States.

Speaking to reporters at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Trump also said Sprint will bring 5,000 jobs back to the U.S.

President-elect Donald Trump pauses with Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York City. Trump announced that SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump pauses with Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, at Trump Tower on December 6, 2016 in New York City. Trump announced that SoftBank has agreed to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 new jobs. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

“So we have a combination of Sprint with 5,000 jobs and that’s coming from all over the world, they are coming back from the United States, which is a nice change, and also OneWeb,” Trump said.

According to CNBC, Trump said the deal “was done through” Japanese company SoftBank, which announced earlier this month it was investing more than $1 billion in OneWeb, giving it a nearly 40 percent share in the company. SoftBank also owns a majority share — about 80 percent — of Sprint, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Here’s a look at OneWeb, what it does and why Trump’s announcement was already known by many in the tech community.

What is OneWeb? The company is building a network of low-Earth orbit satellites to provide fast, cost-effective internet service anywhere in the world. “With more than 10 terabits per second of new capacity, it will extend the networks of mobile operators and ISP’s to serve new coverage areas, bringing voice and data access to consumers, businesses, schools, healthcare institutions and other end users,” the company said in a recent news release.

Where will the 3,000 jobs be? Some may be in Florida. The company announced earlier this month that its satellite arm, OneWeb Satellites LLC, is building what’s billed as “the world’s largest high volume satellite manufacturing facility” in Exploration Park, at Kennedy Space Center. That facility will create about 250 jobs, OneWeb founder Greg Wyler said at a news conference announcing the manufacturing plant. OneWeb Satellites is a partnership between OneWeb and Airbus Defence and Space.

Are positions available now? Yes. According to OneWeb’s website, jobs are open in Melbourne, Florida, and Arlington, Virginia. Open positions include accountants, software engineers and developers. However, the company’s website does not say if the jobs are tied to the $1 billion SoftBank investment.

Why did some people know about this before Trump’s announcement? SoftBank said when it announced its investment in OneWeb that it would create about 3,000 U.S. jobs, The Wall Street Journal reports. SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son had promised Trump after a meeting at Trump Tower that SoftBank would pour $50 billion into the U.S. economy and create 50,000 U.S. jobs. When SoftBank announced its deal with OneWeb, it called it “the first step” in fulfilling that pledge to Trump, CNBC reports.

Who else is involved in OneWeb? Sitting on the company’s board of directors are several big names in communication and space exploration, including Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul E. Jacobs, Airbus CEO Thomas Enders and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson.