Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 30 DAYS

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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.

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Reince Priebus

Reince Priebus

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

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 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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