COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 16 DAYS
The 115th Congress convened, but it was President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter feed that was the newsmaker.
A slew of Trump tweets about General Motors selling Chevy Cruze autos built south of the border, Ford decided to jettison a factory in Mexico, calling Obamacare “CRAZY”, the GOP Congress’ attempt to weaken ethics laws and prisoner releases from Gitmo dominated the news.
As for the new Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan was re-elected to the post. Another notable Republican, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, who bitterly debated trump during last year’s GOP presidential primaries, was sworn in for his second term in the Senate.
Former President Bill Clinton and former First lady Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump on Nov. 8, reportedly plan on attending the inauguration.
In a weird news twist, though, media outlets highlighted the president-elect’s New Year’s Eve remarks while standing next to a man who reportedly pleaded guilty to a felony count of possessing stolen property in 1989. A Palm Beach Daily News video from the evening shows a tuxedoed Trump standing next to American Academy of Hospitality Sciences CEO Joseph Cinque, whose New York-based organization gives “Star Diamond Awards” to hotels and resorts, including several Trump properties. Cinque, also known as “Joey No Socks,” reportedly pleaded guilty a felony in 1989.
STORIES THAT MATTERED MOST
LATEST SOCIAL MEDIA REACTION
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.