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COUNTDOWN TO INAUGURATION DAY (Jan. 20, 2017): 13 DAYS

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President-elect Donald Trump was briefed by intelligence officials. The topic? The possible interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by Russia and others. Trump has brushed off such allegations in the past. “While Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat National Committee, there was absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election including the fact that there was no tampering whatsoever with voting machines. There were attempts to hack the Republican National Committee, but the RNC had strong hacking defenses and the hackers were unsuccessful,” Trump said in a statement released after the session.

Trump again tweeted about his controversial campaign promise to build a wall along the Mexican border, for which he has repeatedly said Mexico would foot the bill. Mexico has long said they won’t pay.

In somewhat lighter news, the President-elect sent a flurry of tweets aimed at Arnold Schwarzenegger, who took over Trump’s starring role in the long-running TV series, “The Apprentice.” Trump pulled no punches with his barbs directed at Schwarzenegger, Hillary Clinton and Democrats.

Trump also spoke with Florida Gov. Rick Scott in the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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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 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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