COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 20 DAYS
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.
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
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.
POSITIONS THAT REMAIN TO BE FILLED: Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
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