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ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions

SECRETARY OF LABOR: Victoria A. Lipnic

SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos

SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jeff Miller

Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley

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.

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Donald Trump: ‘Millions of people…voted illegally’

Part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump today made this shocking claim about the 2016 election.
Part-time Palm Beach resident Donald Trump today made this shocking claim about the 2016 election.

Pulling off one of the greatest upsets in American political history apparently isn’t enough for Donald Trump.

 

Trump, who left his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach at 4:09 p.m. today after spending Thanksgiving weekend there, exceeded the 270 electoral votes needed to claim the presidency by pulling out a series of hard-fought victories in Florida and other hotly contested swing states.

 

But he got about 2 million fewer votes nationwide than Democrat Hillary Clinton, who piled up big margins in California and other blue states.

 

Trump suggested this afternoon on his Twitter account that Clinton’s popular-vote victory is tainted.

 

Trump also weighed in on electoral votes and popular votes on Nov. 15.
Trump also weighed in on electoral votes and popular votes on Nov. 15.

“In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” Trump tweeted at 3:30 p.m.

 

A few minutes later, he added: “It would have been much easier for me to win the so-called popular vote than the Electoral College in that I would only campaign in 3 or 4 states instead of the 15 states that I visited. I would have won even more easily and convincingly (but smaller states are forgotten)!”

 

It’s not the first time Trump has said he could have won the popular vote if the framers of the Constitution hadn’t set up the electoral system in 1787.

 

“If the election were based on total popular vote I would have campaigned in  N.Y. Florida and California and won even bigger and more easily,” Trump tweeted on Nov. 15.

 

 

 

 

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SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Betsy DeVos

SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jeff Miller

Steve Bannon
Steve Bannon

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley

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On Twitter, Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton participation in recount ‘sad’

Donald Trump speaks after winning Florida's primary election at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach on March 15, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)
Donald Trump speaks after winning Florida’s primary election at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach on March 15, 2016. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

President-elect Donald Trump, who’s spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, is tweeting his disapproval this morning of Hillary Clinton‘s participation in Jill Stein‘s Midwestern recount effort.

 

On Twitter this morning, Trump says "nothing will change" in a recount.
On Twitter this morning, Trump says “nothing will change” in a recount.

Trump on Saturday called Stein’s effort to recount ballots in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania “ridiculous” and a “scam.” But Trump didn’t directly blast Clinton even after her campaign general counsel said the Clinton camp would take part in Stein’s push.

 

On his Twitter account this morning, Trump has been highlighting Clinton’s past calls to accept the election results.

 

“Hillary Clinton conceded the election when she called me just prior to the victory speech and after the results were in. Nothing will change,” Trump tweeted at 7:19 a.m.

 

In subsequent tweets, Trump quoted Clinton from an Oct. 19 debate saying it was “horrifying” not to pledge to accept the election results. Clinton gave that response after Trump — trailing in polls at the time — was asked if he’d accept the outcome and said he’d “look at it.”

 

Trump also quoted Clinton’s Nov. 9 concession speech, in which she told her supporters that Trump would be president and “we owe him an open mind and  the chance to lead.”

 

After quoting Clinton, Trump told Twitter followers that, in a recount, “So much time and money will be spent – same result! Sad.”

 

 

 

 

As Hillary Clinton signs on to recount request, Donald Trump slams ‘ridiculous’ effort

Recount buddies Al Gore and Hillary Clinton at an October rally in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Recount buddies Al Gore and Hillary Clinton at an October rally in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As a Hillary Clinton attorney  announced the Clinton campaign will “participate” in a Midwestern recount effort by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, President-elect Donald Trump slammed the idea as “ridiculous” in a statement this afternoon.

 

Stein wants recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — three states that have gone Democratic in the last several presidential elections but were narrowly won by Trump this year.

 

Clinton campaign general counsel Marc Elias said today that the Clinton camp had not planned to initiate recount requests in those states, but will support Stein’s effort.

 

“Because we had not uncovered any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology, we had not planned to exercise this option ourselves, but now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias wrote on Medium.com. “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well.”

 

A Trump statement this afternoon blasts the recount without mentioning Clinton’s participation in it.

 

“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future,'” Trump said in a statement released by his transition team.

 

Said Trump: “This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount. All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes.

“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”

 

 

 

Donald Trump: Death of ‘brutal dictator’ Fidel Castro should mark move toward freedom for Cuba

President-elect Donald Trump during a swing through Palm Beach County last month. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
President-elect Donald Trump during a swing through Palm Beach County last month. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Donald Trump's initial Twitter reaction to Fidel Castro's death.
Donald Trump’s initial Twitter reaction to Fidel Castro’s death.

President-elect Donald Trump says he hopes the death of “brutal dictator” Fidel Castro will mark a move toward freedom in communist Cuba. Trump, who is spending the Thanksgiving weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, reacted initially on Twitter.

“Fidel Castro is dead!” Trump tweeted this morning.

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Trump, who will be the first U.S. president since Harry Truman to deal with a post-Fidel Castro Cuba, followed up later in the morning with a longer statement:

“Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights.

“While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.

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“Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.  I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.”

Rejoicing among Miami pols over Fidel Castro’s death

Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, whose grandmother's brothers were imprisoned by Fidel Castro, marks the communist dictator's demise on Twitter.
Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, whose grandmother’s brothers were imprisoned by Fidel Castro, marks the communist dictator’s demise on Twitter.

Fidel Castro is dead.

In Miami — where Bay of Pigs veterans and exiles of the Cuban communist dictator’s oppression shaped the city’s cultural and political landscape and have remained a potent force in local politics — it is a day of rejoicing.

Miami's three Cuban-American members of Congress note Fidel Castro's death on Twitter.
Miami’s three Cuban-American members of Congress note Fidel Castro’s death on Twitter.

On Twitter, Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera sounded like a kid on Christmas morning.

“Has it finally come? FIDEL IS DEAD!” posted Lopez-Cantera, who had relatives imprisoned by Castro.

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The three Cuban-American members of Miami’s congressional delegation — Republican Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Mario Diaz-Balart and Carlos Curbelo — posted tweets hailing Castro’s death as the closing of a chapter of tyranny.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, whose parents were born in Cuba and left before Castro came to power, noted that Fidel Castro’s younger brother remains in power in Cuba.

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“The dictator has died, but the dictatorship has not. And one thing is clear, history will not absolve Fidel Castro; it will remember him as an evil, murderous dictator who inflicted misery and suffering on his own people,” Rubio said.

Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson also weighed in: “Now that Fidel is gone, the U.S. should continue to press hard against his brother Raul and continue to take steps to support the Cuban people until he provides basic rights and freedoms to all the people of Cuba. In the meantime, the new Trump administration should continue the policy of opening travel and communication with Cuba.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he joins  “Cuban-Americans and Floridians across the country who are incredibly hopeful for the future of Cuba.  After decades of oppression, the Cuban people deserve freedom, peace and democracy.  I have met so many Cubans who have come to Florida to flee the tyranny, brutality, and communism of the Castro brothers’ oppressive regime and now is the time to look at policy changes that will demand democracy in Cuba.  Today’s news should usher in an era of freedom, peace and human dignity for everyone in Cuba and the State of Florida stands ready to assist in that mission.  I spoke to President-elect Trump this morning to let him know that the State of Florida will help his administration in any way to support a pro-democracy movement in Cuba.”

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ATTORNEY GENERAL: Jeff Sessions

SECRETARY OF LABOR: Victoria A. Lipnic

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SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Jeff Miller

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NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Michael T. Flynn

CIA DIRECTOR: Mike Pompeo

UN AMBASSADOR: Nikki Haley

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Trump transition team still mum on Carson, Ross

The transition team of President-elect Donald Trump would not confirm reports that two men who live at least part-time in Palm Beach County, Dr. Ben Carson and Wilbur Ross, have been offered cabinet positions.

News reports have indicated that Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, has been offered the position of secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. After meeting with Carson on Tuesday, Trump himself tweeted: “I am seriously considering Dr. Ben Carson as the head of HUD. I’ve gotten to know him well – he’s a greatly talented person who loves people!”

Other reports have indicated Ross, a billionaire businessman who has a home not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion on Palm Beach, is the president-elect’s choice for secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

During a conference call with reporters on Friday, Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller said the president-elect has no official news on the selection of either Carson or Ross.

“There has not yet been an announcement with regard to those men,” Miller said. “I would say that, until the president-elect makes an announcement, I would hold off on that.”

Trump is spending the Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Mar-a-Lago.

Carson endorsed Trump after ending his own bid for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. He has given conflicting signals about his willingness to serve in Trump’s cabinet.

As Trump’s transition team began to announce cabinet nominees, Carson said he would not serve in the cabinet and would seek to help Trump as an outside-of-Washington, D.C. voice of reason.

After meeting with Trump on Tuesday, however, the retired neurosurgeon hinted during an interview on Fox News that he is interested in a role that would allow him to help inner cities.

“You know, our inner cities are in terrible shape, and they definitely need some real attention,” Carson said. “You know, there have been so many promises made over the last several decades, and nothing has been done, so it certainly is something that has been a long-term interest of mine, and I’ll be thinking and praying about it seriously over the holiday.”

Ross has become known as the “king of bankruptcy” because of his success in buying distressed companies at low costs, restructuring them and selling for large profits. Critics contend those restructurings have harmed some workers and encouraged non-compliance with safety regulations in the name of profits.

If nominated, both Carson, 65, and Ross, who turns 79 on Tuesday, would require confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Miller said Trump will not meet with any other potential members of his administration until Monday, when he will meet with eight potential nominees: Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of a real estate investment firm; Paul Atkins, former commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; Kathleen White, former chairwoman of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa.; Dave Steward, chairman and co-founder of a technology firm; E. Scott Pruitt, attorney general for the state of Oklahoma; David Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, and John Allison, founder of an asset management firm.

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