Countdown to Inauguration Day: What you need to know today

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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 14 DAYS

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President-elect Donald Trump spent an hour Thursday testifying in a deposition — a rarity for a president or a president-elect. The legal action stems from Trump suing a chef who backed out of a deal to open a Spanish-themed eatery at a Trump hotel. The business deal fell apart in the summer of 2015 after Chef Jose Andres took offense at comments Trump made about Mexicans. According to AP, “Andres said at the time that Trump’s statements disparaging immigrants ‘”make it impossible for my company and I to move forward.”‘

Trump and GOP lawmakers continued to ramp up the rhetoric on the “repeal and replacement” of Obamacare. Trump also made headlines when he criticized Toyota for expanding in Mexico. Trump tweeted the company could expect to be hit with a “big border tax” if they didn’t build in the U.S. Trump wasn’t faring well among the Chinese, either. An unflattering commentary on Trump published by China’s official news agency read, in part, that “tweeting has become a habit for Mr. Trump” and “the obsession with ‘Twitter diplomacy’ is undesirable.”

Other news: There are rumors swirling that Trump will tap Dan Coates as the Director of National Intelligence. Coats served a six-year term in the Senate and was also a U.S. ambassador to Germany under President George W. Bush.

On Friday, Trump is scheduled to meet with long-time “enemy” Graydon Carter. Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, had a falling out with Trump in the late ’80s when he called Trump a “short-fingered vulgarian” in the press.

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THE SCORECARD

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 THE INTERIOR: Ryan Zinke

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 HOMELAND SECURITY: John Kelly

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Dan Coates

EPA ADMINISTRATOR: Scott Pruitt

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

U.N. 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 Marsha Blackburn, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Mary Fallin, Newt Gingrich, Michael T. Flynn, Rudy Giuliani, Cynthia Lummis, Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland, Tom Reed, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Tim Scott, Jeff Sessions as vice chairs. The following have also been announced as joining the team’s executive committee: Stephen K. Bannon, Lou Barletta, Pam Bondi (currently Florida’s Attorney General), Chris Collins, Sean Duffy, Trey Gowdy, Jared Kushner, Tom Marino, John McEntee, Rebekah Mercer, Steven Mnuchin, Devin Nunes, Reince Priebus, Dennis Ross, Anthony Scaramucci, Darrell Scott, Kiron Skinner, 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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