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- Rex Tillerson, the president and chief executive of ExxonMobil, has emerged as a top candidate for Secretary of State, multiple news outlets are reporting. Supporters are touting his skills in bringing off international deals and his relationships with foreign heads of state.
- President-elect Donald J. Trump played down comments by intelligence officials that Russia hacked its way into the presidential election hoping to help the Republicans win. The Central Intelligence Agency is made up of “the same people who thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” NBC News quoted his transition team as saying.
- Citing two unnamed RNC sources, Fox News is reporting that Ronna Romney McDaniel is expected to be President-elect Trump’s selection for RNC chairwoman. McDaniel is the niece of Mitt Romney, who is reportedly on the short list for Secretary of State in the Trump Cabinet. McDaniel served as a delegate for Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will visit Orlando next week as part of Trump’s “USA Thank You Tour.” Trump and Pence are scheduled to appear at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.
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 DEFENSE: James Mattis
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Wilbur Ross
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 EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jeff Miller
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.
POSITIONS THAT REMAIN TO BE FILLED: Secretary of State, Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Energy Secretary.
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