COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 36 DAYS
The focus is on presidential electors, not Cabinet nominations, with the historic vote just days away. The 538 electors are scheduled to meet on Monday, Dec. 19, in their respective state capital cities.
On Thursday, an anti-Trump group is expected to publish more full-page newspaper ads across the country pleading with Electoral College members to “vote their conscience” as part of a pressure campaign intended to block Trump’s election. The ads appeared Wednesday morning in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Austin American-Statesman, Salt Lake City Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. They are supposed to run in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Wisconsin State Journal today.
In addition, Larry Lessig, a Harvard University constitutional law professor who made a brief run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has claimed that as many as 20 Republican members of the Electoral College are considering voting against Trump, a figure that would put anti-Trump activists more than halfway toward stalling Trump’s election.
On Nov. 8, Trump won 306 electoral votes. So even if Lessig is correct, the part-time Palm Beach resident and billionaire would still surpass the required 270 electoral votes by 16.
Meanwhile, President-elect Trump continues to focus on policy.
Trump, who faced fierce opposition from some Silicon Valley leaders during the election campaign, assured the titans of tech that his administration is “here to help you folks do well.”
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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 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 ENERGY: Rick Perry
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: Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary.
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