COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 30 DAYS
This morning, President-elect Donald Trump continued discussing the results of the 2016 election on Twitter, writing “I would have done even better in the election, if that is possible, if the winner was based on popular vote – but would campaign differently.” The New York Times reported Trump’s victory margin with the Electoral College ranked 46th out of 58 elections.
Trump, who is in Palm Beach for the holidays, said on Twitter yesterday that he recently had dinner with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, a man Trump had previously characterized as part of a global anti-Trump conspiracy, CNN reported. Trump confirmed the meeting and said on Twitter that Slim is a “great guy.”
Days after details of offering high-paying donors private access to Trump first leaked, a Trump spokeswoman said neither Trump nor his adult sons were involved with plans of the event, according to The Washington Post. Initial details described an invitation from Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump for donors willing to pay at least $500,000 that would give access to a private reception with the next president a day after his inauguration, as well as a hunting or fishing trip with one of the adult Trump sons.
Corey Lewandowski, who was Trump’s first campaign chief, said he wouldn’t be joining the Trump administration, though did say he plans to start a political consulting firm just a block from the White House. Lewandowski, who had a battery charge dropped against him from an incident in Jupiter in March, was fired as Trump’s campaign manager on June 20.
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.
STORIES THAT MATTERED MOST
Trump checks in on World Affairs Council of Palm Beach gathering
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