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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:23 pm    Post subject: The Trump Cabinet , who will be in it ? Reply with quote

( this is a story that would of seemed crazy a week ago but now trump needs to put together a team and find the right people to fill these positions )

Trump's Cabinet: Speculation mounts over president-elect's team

Published November 11, 2016
· FoxNews.com

Donald Trump ran his winning presidential campaign with the help of a tight-knit circle of close advisers. He won’t have that luxury once he takes control of the federal government.

Instead of an intimate cadre of family members and loyal aides, Trump will need to expand his circle – choosing over a dozen Cabinet secretaries, filling out a team of senior strategists to run his White House and making thousands of other lesser appointments.

The speculation over who will compose that team heated up the moment Trump was declared the victor in Tuesday’s election. Prospects for key posts have given maddeningly mixed messages, some expressing interest and others disavowing it.

Trump and his transition team, meanwhile, already are hard at work. Trump, after meeting with President Obama in Washington, tweeted Friday:

So how much different will the Trump administration really be?

Trump campaign aides are suggesting the Cabinet would “be a mix” of outsiders and more traditional choices.

“Keep in mind, this campaign was an outsider campaign, so it would be foolish to go ahead place a bunch of Washington, D.C., insiders into D.C. roles,” a senior aide told reporters on VP-elect Mike Pence’s flight from New York to D.C. on Thursday.

The following is a cheat sheet of possible considerations so far for Trump’s Cabinet and White House positions:

Secretary of State

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker are at the center of speculation as to who would lead world affairs in a Trump administration.

Bolton, who served as U.N. ambassador under George W. Bush and is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, is reportedly one of the top candidates. Trump told radio host Hugh Hewitt back in August that Bolton would be under consideration, saying, "He was very good in defending me in some of my views, and very, very strong."

Gingrich, who was on the short-list for Trump’s VP spot, is almost certain to serve in the administration in some capacity. The question is where.

Speaking with the “Sean Hannity Show,” Gingrich voiced more interest in a non-Cabinet role.

"I would like to be sort of a senior planner, trying to think through how we fundamentally, at the most basic levels, restructure the federal government," Gingrich said. Gingrich suggested a Cabinet post would preclude him from playing such a role, saying, "I don't think it's possible to do one of the major jobs -- you know, running one of the departments -- and think strategically."

Corker, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, endorsed Trump over the summer and has expressed interest in the secretary of state post.

Foreign Relations Richard Haass is another name floating around for the lead diplomat position.

Secretary of Defense

Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions is one top official speculated to be in consideration for the lead spot at the Pentagon. Sessions, who was the first U.S. senator to endorse Trump in the primaries, serves on the Senate Committee on Armed Services and chairs the Strategic Forces subcommittee.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, an important figure in giving Trump’s military strategy legitimacy throughout his campaign, is also being floated for the position. However, his nomination would require a congressional waiver as law stipulates retired military personnel must wait seven years before taking the defense secretary position.

Attorney General

Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, has expressed interest in the position and is being touted as a leading candidate for the job. Prior to his tenure as mayor, Giuliani was a U.S. associate attorney general and the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York under President Reagan.

Speaking Thursday on “Fox & Friends,” Giuliani left the door open.

“I thought I was finished, but then I got involved in the Trump campaign,” he said. “When you talk to the president of the United States and he wants you to do a job, I certainly would not go into that conversation with a firm 'no' in my mind. But I’d want to talk about maybe three or four other people that might be better for it. If there aren’t, then maybe I would do it.”

Giuliani said he would be interested in focusing on cybersecurity, and talked up another possible AG prospect, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

While Christie has been hurt politically by the “Bridge-gate” scandal, Giuliani said that was blown out of proportion and Christie would be good for “any position.”

Secretary of the Treasury

Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s finance chairman and former Goldman Sachs banker, could be a top pick for Treasury secretary. Trump indicated late in the campaign that he would seriously consider Mnuchin for the position. Brokers and bankers on Wall Street reportedly looked to Mnuchin for insight on Trump’s finance policy.

Carl Icahn, chairman of Icahn Enterprises, also is speculated to be in the running.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s name has come up, too.

In a memo to staff obtained by FoxNews.com, Dimon said Trump’s election and other developments in the world signal widespread frustration with the “lack of economic opportunity.”

“We need to listen to those voices,” he said in the memo.

Chief of Staff

At least three big names have been bandied about most frequently for the coveted and powerful chief of staff role: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, campaign CEO Steve Bannon and Christie.

Priebus, who presided over the GOP’s 2014 midterm takeover of the Senate and now the 2016 takeover of Washington, was tasked with building the virtually non-existent bridges between the national Republican Party and Trump’s campaign as he closed in on the nomination, as well as smoothing over disagreements over Trump’s bid among congressional Republicans. When asked about the speculation, Priebus told Fox News: “I don’t know. This is up to President-elect Trump. He will make all of these decisions. He will surround himself with great people.”

Bannon, the Breitbart News executive who came on as the Trump campaign CEO, also reportedly is in the running for the position.

Christie, who is leading Trump’s transition team, was the first GOP presidential candidate to endorse Trump and was on the final short-list for Trump’s VP spot, only to be passed over for Mike Pence.

Other Cabinet positions

Though lower-profile positions have not yet received as much attention, some names have been floated.

Dr. Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate, has been mentioned for Secretary of Education and is virtually the only name being floated for Secretary of Health and Human Services after Florida Gov. Rick Scott signaled he was not interested in the position. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has been mentioned in reports for Secretary of the Interior. Politico also reported that Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, an outspoken Trump supporter whose law-and-order message dovetails with the president-elect’s, is a potential candidate for Homeland Security secretary. Retiring Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, chairman of the Veterans Affairs committee, is possibly being considered for Secretary of Veterans Affairs.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would think Gingrich for Secretary of State and Giuliani as Attorney General are pretty much locked and loaded unless they don't want the positions.

As for Chief of Staff;
Its going to be telling.
Reince Priebus basically gives you a bridge to the traditional GOP and will likely make legislating easier for the President.

However if he goes Private Sector, maybe it does signal a very different sort of approach?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who's who in the new Trump transition team line-up

Published November 11, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump named a host of additional advisers to his transition team Friday.

This includes:

•Vice President-elect and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence

Vice Chairs
•New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
•Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson
•Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
•Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
•Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
•Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions

Members of Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee
•Pennsylvania Rep. Lou Barletta
•Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn
•Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
•New York Rep. Chris Collins
•Jared Kushner, Trump son-in-law and publisher of New York Observer
•Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino
•Rebekah Mercer, hedge fund heiress
•Steven Mnuchin, Trump campaign finance chairman and former Goldman Sachs partner
•California Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee
•Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital
•Peter Thiel, venture capitalist and co-founder of PayPal
•Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus
•Trump Campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon
•Trump children Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump

Executive Director
•Rick Dearborn, chief of staff to Sen. Sessions


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cosmostein wrote:
I would think Gingrich for Secretary of State and Giuliani as Attorney General are pretty much locked and loaded unless they don't want the positions.

As for Chief of Staff;
Its going to be telling.
Reince Priebus basically gives you a bridge to the traditional GOP and will likely make legislating easier for the President.

However if he goes Private Sector, maybe it does signal a very different sort of approach?

I don't have any official predictions , somehow I think trump will be different , he can't exactly surround himself with government insiders after running as an outsider at this point

also think we can expect a much different trump in the months ahead , now that he's elected he'll tone things down a bit , don't expect him to say anything that goes after anyone like Mexicans or such anymore , he'll be more professional in nature

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump names Priebus chief of staff, Bannon senior counselor

Published November 14, 2016
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President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday appointed Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff.

Trump also announced that campaign CEO Steve Bannon, the executive chairman of Breitbart News, will be his chief strategist and senior counselor.

Trump said that Priebus and Bannon will work as “equal partners" -- as they did in the campaign -- to make the federal government “much more efficient, effective and productive.”

“Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory,” Trump said. “Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”

The appointments suggest Trump appealing to traditional Republican circles and the party's anti-establishment wing, which helped fuel the businessman's political rise.

Bannon thanked Trump for the job, saying he and Priebus will extend their partnership in Washington to “help President-elect Trump achieve his agenda.”

Priebus said Trump will be a “great president for all Americans” and expressed his gratitude for the being able to serve the president elect and the rest of the country in helping “create an economy that works for everyone, secure our borders, repeal and replace ObamaCare and destroy radical Islamic terrorism.”

Priebus was one of Trump’s most loyal lieutenants during the real estate mogul's up-and-down campaign that resulted in many Republicans, particularly GOP candidates seeking reelection, distancing themselves from Trump.

In Trump’s victory speech after his upset win over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, he notably praised Preibus’ efforts and loyalty.

Reaction to Trump’s picks from both parties was quick.

“Choice of @Reince as COS over Bannon seems like a strong signal that @realDonaldTrump is taking a more conventional, conservative path,” tweeted David Axelrod, a top campaign and White House adviser to President Obama.

South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was vanquished by Trump in the Republican presidential primaries and did not support his campaign, tweeted, “Congrats to @realDonaldTrump for outstanding choice @Reince to be Chief of Staff. This shows me he is serious about governing.”

However, California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted: “Selection of Steve Bannon for senior WH role unsurprising but alarming. His alt-right, anti-Semitic, misogynistic views don't belong in WH.”

And John Weaver, a Republican strategist who worked for Ohio Gov. John Kasich's presidential campaign, tweeted, "The racist, fascist extreme right is represented footsteps from the Oval Office. Be very vigilant, America."

Priebus, an attorney, is a former RNC general counsel and chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party. He was elected RNC chairman in 2011 and has deep ties to GOP congressional leaders, particularly House Speaker and fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan.

Under Bannon's tenure, the Breitbart News site pushed a nationalist, anti-establishment agenda and became one of the leading outlets of the so-called alt-right -- a movement often associated with white supremacy and a defense of "Western values."

Bannon, who became campaign CEO in August, pushed Trump to adopt more populist rhetoric and paint rival Hillary Clinton as part of a global conspiracy made up of the political, financial and media elite, bankers bent on oppressing the country's working people -- a message that carried Trump to the White House but to some, carried anti-Semitic undertones.

An ex-wife of Bannon said he expressed fear of Jews when the two battled over sending their daughters to private school nearly a decade ago, according to court papers reviewed this summer by The Associated Press. In a sworn court declaration following their divorce, Mary Louise Piccard said her ex-husband had objected to sending their twin daughters to an elite Los Angeles academy because he "didn't want the girls going to school with Jews."

A spokeswoman for Bannon denied he made those statements.

Neither Priebus nor Bannon bring significant policy experience to their new White House roles.

Bannon was notably given top billing in the press release announcing the appointments, a curious arrangement giving that White House chief of staff is typically considered the most powerful West Wing job.

Chiefs of staff in particular play a significant role in policy making, serving as a liaison to Cabinet agencies and deciding what information makes it to the president's desk. They're often one of the last people in the room with the president as major decisions are made.

Fox News' Carl Cameron, Danny Jativa and Joseph Weber and the Associated Press contributed to this report.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( Mitt Romney ? might get a role , a big surprise to many observers )

First on CNN: Donald Trump, Mitt Romney to meet this weekend

By Jeremy Diamond, CNN

Updated 1:41 PM ET, Thu November 17, 2016

Story highlights
Trump's meeting schedule includes potential cabinet picks and world leaders
It comes as his transition team has been slow to get started working with government agencies

New York (CNN) — President-elect Donald Trump will meet this weekend with one of his fiercest critics: 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, a senior Republican source told CNN on Thursday.

The two men are set to meet this weekend to discuss "governing moving forward" and potentially a role for Romney in Trump's Cabinet, the source said.

The source declined to specify for which Cabinet positions Romney is under consideration.

The meeting is the latest in a series of Trump's conversations and encounters with Republicans who did not support his candidacy in an effort to reunite the GOP following a divisive election that fractured party leaders past the Republican primary and into the general election.

It also comes as Trump has a jam-packed schedule Thursday and the President-elect's team looks to tamp down reports of disarray and infighting within the transition effort, which has been slow to ramp up following Trump's shocking upset victory last week.

A Romney appointment would be a startling shift in the two men's relationship.

Trump, who endorsed Romney in 2012, repeatedly slammed the former GOP standard bearer during his ultimately successful bid for the a Republican nomination for his defeat to President Barack Obama, describing him in characteristically colorful terms as a failure. Romney returned fire, repeatedly and forcefully arguing that Trump was not qualified to serve as commander-in-chief.

In an eviscerating speech last March, before Trump clinched the Republican nomination, Romney slammed Trump as a "con man," a "phony" and "a fraud."

Romney refused to endorse Trump in the general election. He argued In favor of allowing the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson onto the debate stage, but did not endorse him either.

Romney also actively sought to recruit a third-party candidate to carry the conservative banner into the 2016 general election and continued to level heated criticism against Trump in the general election.

In a June interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Romney warned that Trump's presidency could usher in "trickle-down racism."

Romney and Trump's meeting will come a week after Romney called to congratulate Trump on his victory, a call Trump tweeted was "very nice!"

Packed schedule to show transition is on track

Trump is meeting Thursday with more than a half-dozen potential candidates for top administration posts, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Trump's transition spokesmen also announced Thursday he will name members of the so-called "landing team" of transition officials to work with US officials at the departments of State, Defense Justice and the the National Security Council.

Concerns about the slow pace of the transition effort have grown in recent days as US officials at various agencies said they had still not yet established contact with the Trump transition team.

Why hasn't Trump's transition team called the Pentagon?

Following the national security landing team announcement Friday, the transition team will also announce early next week the names of individuals who will lead the transition with economic agencies and domestic policy agencies and groups, RNC communications director Sean Spicer said on a conference call with reporters Thursday.

In the eight days since Trump's victory, the President-elect replaced New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as chairman of the transition with Vice President-elect Mike Pence and a slew of transition officials who worked under Christie were subsequently booted from the transition effort.

Trump is also scheduled to meet with his transition team for two hours on Friday to discuss their progress and go over potential appointments, Trump spokesman Jason Miller said Thursday.

"My transition team, which is working long hours and doing a fantastic job, will be seeing many great candidates today. #MAGA," Trump tweeted.

Miller declined Thursday to provide a timetable for cabinet appointments, stressing that the focus is on "getting it right," rather than an "arbitrary timetable," echoing the comments of senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway.

"In the words of Vice President Biden just yesterday after meeting with Mr. Pence, nobody should expect the government to be formed overnight," Conway said Thursday morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Nobody is in a rush to do the wrong thing."

Trump will seek ideas on his administration from nine "top shelf people" he is set to meet with Thursday at Trump Tower, some of whom Miller said are "up for cabinet positions" -- though he did not specify which ones.

Trump has announced RNC chairman Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and his campaign CEO Steve Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.

Meetings with Haley, Kissinger, business leaders

As he focuses on filling key national security posts, Trump will seek the counsel of 93-year-old former Secretary of State Kissinger. Trump met with Kissinger for a private meeting in May, but the hawkish former secretary of state has also advised Trump's presidential rival Hillary Clinton, who said she "relied on his counsel" during her time helming the State Department.

Trump will also meet with Nikki Haley, the South Carolina governor who was deeply critical of Trump during the Republican primary, who is under consideration for the secretary of state post and other cabinet positions, according to a transition source.

And continuing with the national security bend of the day, Trump will also meet with Adm. Mike Rogers, the current director of the National Security Agency, and Gen Jack Keane, a retired four star general who advised Clinton in recent years.

The President-elect will also meet with a pair of Fortune 500 CEOs, Oracle's Safra Catz and FedEx's Fred Smith, as well as Cincinnati Mayor Ken Blackwell and Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, who is under consideration to helm the Treasury Department.

Shinzo Abe

Trump is also set to meet Thursday in New York with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the first foreign head of state Trump will have met with in person since becoming president-elect.

The Japanese prime minister is set to deliver remarks to the press following the meeting, and his remarks will be an important indication of how the US-Japan relationship will unfold under a Trump administration.

On the stump, Trump repeatedly argued that Japan should pay a larger share of the costs for US military bases on its soil and even suggested the country should shoulder a greater burden of its defense against the aggressive actions of North Korea and provocations from China.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adding Romney to any cabinet initially was shocking to read,
However it makes a lot of sense.

If Trump is looking to build consensus, then you build consensus.
Having folks like Cruz and Romney sit around the table is how you do that.

The Democrats had a Senate Super majority and Controlled the House for the first two years of the Obama Presidency and spent those two years bickering between themselves. My thought is that Trump and/or the GOP want to legislate and legislate quickly while they have both houses.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trump picks Sessions, Flynn, Pompeo for top cabinet posts

In this photo taken Nov. 17, 2016, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. speaks to media at Trump Tower in New York. President-elect Donald Trump has picked Sessions for the job of attorney general. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Julie Pace And Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press
Published Friday, November 18, 2016 10:11AM EST

NEW YORK -- President-elect Donald Trump is announcing his choices for three key administration jobs Friday, naming Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA and former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

All three have been fierce critics of President Barack Obama's handling of terrorism and national security, and their selection likely signals a sharp shift in U.S. policy. In tapping Sessions and Flynn, Trump is also rewarding a pair of loyalists who were among his most ardent supporters during the presidential campaign.

Trump planned to announce the picks Friday, according to a senior transition official. The official insisted on anonymity in order to disclose the decisions ahead of Trump's announcement.

Trump is a foreign policy novice and his early moves on national security are being closely watched both in the U.S. and overseas. Sessions and Pompeo would both require Senate confirmation before assuming their designated roles; Flynn would not.

Even with Republicans in control of the Senate, Sessions could face obstacles. He withdrew from consideration for a federal judgeship in 1986 after being accused of making racist comments while serving as a U.S. attorney in Alabama.

Sessions, the first senator to endorse Trump, has been a leading proponent of tough immigration enforcement policies. He's tangled with the past two Democratic-appointed attorneys general on whether terrorism suspects deserve the protections of American civilian courts and on the planned closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. He's also been protective of the attorney general's right to refuse a legally unsound directive from the president.

Pompeo is a conservative Republican and a strong critic of Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. A three-term congressman, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and from Harvard Law School.

Pompeo has said that Muslim leaders are "potentially complicit" in terrorist attacks if they do not denounce those made in the name of Islam. "They must cite the Qur'an as evidence that the murder of innocents is not permitted," he said in a 2013 House floor speech.

Flynn was a critic of Obama's military and foreign policy long before he began advising Trump on national security issues during the presidential campaign. As national security adviser, Flynn would work in the West Wing and have frequent access to the new president.

The 57-year-old has been outspoken in his warnings about the dangers of Islamist groups, saying the U.S. needs to "discredit" radical Islam. He's called Islam a "political ideology" and said it "definitely hides behind being a religion."

Flynn has also worried some national security experts with his warmth toward Russia. Like Trump, he's called for the U.S. to work more closely with Moscow.

Last year, Flynn travelled to Moscow to join Russian President Vladimir Putin at a celebration for RT, a television channel funded by the Russian government. Flynn said he had been paid for taking part in the event and brushed aside concerns that he was aiding a Russian propaganda effort.

Trump has made no public appearances this week, but his meetings have signalled a focus on national security. He met Thursday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader since winning the election.

He also consulted with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and sat down with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, a potential contender to lead the State Department.

In a separate gesture of reconciliation with establishment Republicans, Trump planned to meet with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who lambasted Trump as a "con man" and a "fraud" in a stinging speech in March. Trump responded by repeatedly referring to Romney as a "loser."

The two began mending fences after Trump's victory when Romney called with congratulations. They are to meet this weekend, a transition official says. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says they are still "working on" the meeting.

Since his stunning victory over Hillary Clinton last week, Trump has spoken with Russian President Putin, British Prime Minister Theresa May and nearly three dozen other world leaders by telephone.

Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States, also visited the Trump Tower and called the billionaire businessman "a true friend of Israel." He specifically cited as another "friend" Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon, whose selection as a top White House adviser has created a backlash among Democrats. Bannon's news website has peddled conspiracy theories, white nationalism and anti-Semitism.

Trump, a reality television star, business mogul and political newcomer, also rolled out new teams that will interact with the State Department, Pentagon, Justice Department and other national security agencies as part of the government transition before his Jan. 20 inauguration.

Pace reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas, Stephen Braun and Robert Burns contributed to this report.


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Trump picks South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be US ambassador to UN

By Eugene Scott, Jim Acosta and Sara Murray, CNN

Updated 8:51 AM ET, Wed November 23, 2016

Story highlights
Donald Trump's tapping Nikki Haley raises her profile in a party attempting to attract women
Haley and Trump had a contentious relationship during the GOP presidential primary

(CNN) — President-elect Donald Trump has picked South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, the transition team announced Wednesday.

Haley, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants, has already carved out a legacy for herself, serving as her home state's first female and first minority governor.

Once considered a potential vice president pick, Trump's tapping Haley further rises the profile of a rising star in a party whose leaders are increasingly attempting to attract more minorities and women.

Haley was also among those being considered by Trump for secretary of state. Her pick leaves former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and a handful of others among those still in the running for the top diplomat position.

RELATED: Who could be in Trump's Cabinet?

While on the stump during the campaign, Haley vocally disavowed Trump, appearing publicly on behalf of Marco Rubio and endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz after the Florida senator dropped out of the GOP primary race.

Relations between Haley and Trump have been far from cordial, with both vaulting verbal jabs at each other during the race for the White House.

Rep. Sean Duffy said Wednesday that the fact that Trump is even considering Haley after her criticism of the President-elect speaks highly of him.

"I think it's quite remarkable that he's looking for talent and not trying to settle old scores," the Wisconsin Republican told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day."

Trump said in January that Haley's stance on immigration was "weak" after the South Carolina governor welcomed properly vetted legal immigrants into her state, regardless of race or religion. He also tweeted in March, "The people of South Carolina are embarrassed by Nikki Haley!"

Haley went as far to say that Trump represents "everything a governor doesn't want in a president."

"I want someone who is going to hold Republicans accountable, and I want someone who is going to make a difference, not just for our party but for every person they represent in the country," she told reporters in February.

In a video response to President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, Haley never used Trump's name, but implied that he would threaten "the dream that is America" for others.

But by October, Haley had switched her position, saying she would vote for Trump even though she was "not a fan."

But Haley, who once suggested that Trump was among "the angriest voices," was jubilant by his election.

"I'm just giddy, and if you talk to any of the governors here, we are so excited at the possibility and the opportunities that are going to be here," she said after his win.

"The idea that now we can start to really govern -- I have never known what it's like to have a Republican president. I can tell you that the last five years, Washington has been the hardest part of my job," Haley said. "This is a new day."

The Charleston Post and Courier newspaper was the first to report Trump's pick for UN ambassador overnight.

Rising Star

The governor has long been a rising star in the GOP and was endorsed by former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin during her gubernatorial run. But Haley came to national -- and international -- attention following the Charleston church shooting in 2015, where a self-proclaimed white supremacist opened fire on a Bible study group at a predominantly black church, killing nine people.

Haley became a highly visible presence in the days following the tragedy -- particularly in the highly contentious battle to remove the Confederate Flag from the state Capitol grounds.

"These grounds are a place that everybody should feel a part of," she said at the time. "What I realized now more than ever is people were driving by and felt hurt and pain. No one should feel pain."

She was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, a small town with about 3,600 people, to Indian immigrants.

RELATED: Nikki Haley seizes the political moment amidst Confederate flag debate

Growing up Haley helped with bookkeeping at the family clothing store before earning a degree in accounting from Clemson. She went on to marry Michael Haley, a National Guardsman who has served in Afghanistan, before having two children.

In the years following the economic downturn, Haley used her business background to brand herself as an advocate for bringing more jobs to a state that has seen many factories leave.

"She very, very successfully branded herself as the jobs governor," Scott Huffmon, a political science professor at Winthrop University, has said previously. "But she kept her conservative credentials by railing against Obamacare and toeing the line on things that conservatives care about. She has been able to keep a foot in both worlds for a while. And now she is breaking away from being simply a Southern to becoming a national Republican."

Despite her accomplishments, Haley is not known for having significant foreign policy experience -- something Duffy said was not a major concern.

"She's a smart woman," he told CNN. "I don't think you need this great history of diplomatic experience to go in the UN and be successful."

"I think what you want to do is find people who will share your worldview especially when they go and represent you from the administration to the UN or any other post," Duffy added


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's interesting that Sessions took on the Attorney-General's job. Whether Hillary is prosecuted or not, that department has to be hosed out and fumigated. Comey has to be dealt with. The investigation into the Clinton Foundation has to be given new direction.

I don't think it can just go away. The FBI's reputation is at stake.

It will be interesting to see what happens with the IRS. It was politicized by the Obama administration and was used to promote racial politics as well as suppress the Tea Party. The head of the IRS virtually stuck his tongue out at Congress, and stonewalled them to the point of claiming all of Lois Lerner's emails were unrecoverable.

There could be some score-settling when the new Congress sits.

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( could there be a democrat ? in trumps cabinet ? )

Heidi Heitkamp's Donald Trump meeting sets off alarm bells for Democrats

By Tal Kopan, Manu Raju and Jim Acosta, CNN

Updated 4:08 PM ET, Thu December 1, 2016

Washington (CNN) — President-elect Donald Trump is set to meet Friday with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a red-state Democrat, which could put Senate Democrats at a further disadvantage if she were to join the Trump administration.

Heitkamp told CNN Thursday she has no inkling of what the meeting may be about, but said she was open to discussing serving in a Trump administration.

News of the meeting set off a panic among top Democrats, some of whom began to privately make the case that Heitkamp should stay in the Senate rather than give up a seat that would likely be a GOP pickup. The incoming chairman of the Senate Democrats' campaign committee told CNN he had spoken with Heitkamp about the issue Thursday.

A transition source said Heitkamp could be a possibility for energy secretary.

"I think it's absolutely critical to have a conversation," Heitkamp said when asked if she would be open to being in the Trump administration. "It's good for my state. It's good for the work that I do here, to understand and share some priorities for the country and for the state of North Dakota and I look forward to having that discussion."

In a statement about the meeting, Heitkamp said she would work with both sides of the aisle -- whatever her role.

"Whatever job I do, I hope to work with the President-elect and all of my colleagues in Congress on both sides of the aisle to best support my state," she said.

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While any position is far from a done deal, having Heitkamp in the Cabinet would be a double win for Republicans, and a blow to Democrats.

Heitkamp comes from a heavily red state, and is one of the more vulnerable senators up for re-election in 2018. But defeating an incumbent is usually a tricky proposition, meaning an open seat in North Dakota would give Republicans a much better chance of adding to their majority in the Senate.

"Obviously incumbents have an advantage over challengers," said Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, who will chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee next year, when asked about the Heitkamp news.

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the incoming Senate minority leader, could have the most to lose if Heitkamp left the chamber. Asked if he had any concerns, Schumer said: "No comment."

Senior aides said Thursday the pressure campaign would intensify if a possible Trump appointment looked real.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the soon-to-be Maryland senator who will chair the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the next cycle, told CNN he spoke to Heitkamp about the matter.

"I told her exactly that: I'm sure she'll do what's right for the people of North Dakota," Van Hollen said.

The appointment would also give the Trump administration a token opposition member -- a conventional move for presidents.

If she were to leave the Senate, it would immediately give Democrats one less member in the minority. Though they would be in the minority regardless, the balance of power is expected to be 52-48 after the Louisiana Senate runoff election, and every vote lost would make it harder for Democrats to peel off Republicans to oppose Trump's policies.

Though North Dakota is one of a handful of states that does not allow the governor to appoint a successor, a special election would heavily favor Republicans, as the state is strongly Republican and Democrats do not have a deep bench of politicians in the state.

Her departure would also be a further blow to Democrats' hopes of retaking the majority in 2018 -- already a long shot. Democrats will have to defend multiple red state seats in 2018 and Republicans have very few vulnerable senators up for re-election that year.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I certainly don't have a track record on many of his appointments, to date, but there seems to be a certain confidence-building thrust to it. If the attitudes of American conservatives is any indication, he's giving them their wet-dream.

On top of his remarkable 'saving' of a thousand jobs at Carrier ... as one wag said, Trump has done more for us as President-elect than Obama is doing as President. He's coming out of the gate fast, building support by his actions and cabinet picks. The Democrats' attempt to put his administration under a shadow from the start is failing.

It's impressive.

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( recounts , lawsuits , and so on , Michigan officials are worried the recount cannot be done on time and that Michigan's electoral votes may not get counted , some speculate this is the real reason for the recounts to try and stop the electoral college from voting for trump )

Politics | Fri Dec 2, 2016 | 1:39pm EST

Trump supporters try to block vote recounts in three states

Michigan Attorney General William ''Bill'' Schuette speaks in Boston, Massachusetts, December 17, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter/File Photo

By David Ingram and Susan Heavey | NEW YORK/WASHINGTON

Supporters of President-elect Donald Trump moved on Friday to maintain his narrow victories in three states, pursuing legal challenges aimed at halting the Green Party's requests for long-shot recounts of the presidential votes there.

Lawsuits were pending in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, three "Rust Belt" states which bucked their history of supporting Democrats and gave Trump, a Republican, thin wins in the Nov. 8 election.

The Green Party has said its requests for recounts in those states are focused on ensuring the integrity of the U.S. voting system and not on changing the result of the election.

Even if the recounts take place, they are extremely unlikely to change the overall outcome of the election, in which Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton. Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who garnered only about 1 percent of the vote, has said the recount campaign is not targeted at Trump or Clinton.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Republican, said on Friday he had filed a lawsuit to halt the requested recount in his state.

Recounting all of the state's votes "threatens to silence all Michigan votes for president" because of an impending federal deadline to finalize the state's results, Schuette said in a statement.

The presidential race is decided by the Electoral College, or a tally of wins from the state-by-state contests, rather than by the popular national vote. Federal law requires states to resolve disputes over the appointment of electors by Dec. 13.

Trump far surpassed the 270 electoral votes needed to win, with 306 electoral votes, and the recount would have to flip the result to Clinton in all three states to change the overall result. In the popular vote, Clinton won more than 2.5 million more votes than Trump, according to the Cook Political Report.

Schuette also criticized Stein for the potential expense of a recount, although she said last week that she had raised $3.5 million to cover some costs. A Schuette spokeswoman said on Friday that Stein had contributed $787,500 but that it would cost some $5 million.

Michigan's recount is expected to begin early next week, barring court action, after the state's board of canvassers deadlocked 2-2 on Friday on a motion objecting to the recount, the Michigan Secretary of State's Office said on Twitter.

The Trump campaign's own attorneys have moved to block recount efforts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, according to court papers in those states. A Pennsylvania court has scheduled a hearing for Monday morning in Harrisburg, the state capital.

In Wisconsin, where the recount is already underway, the Trump-supporting political action committee Great America PAC sued in federal court on Thursday seeking to block a recount there. The lawsuit cited as legal precedent the U.S. Supreme Court's Bush v. Gore decision that ended the 2000 election and Florida recount.

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The Wisconsin Republican Party has also filed a complaint over the recount effort in that state, it said.

Stein's campaign manager, David Cobb, criticized the Trump effort in Pennsylvania in particular, saying in a statement: "We will continue to help Pennsylvania voters make sure that the election in Pennsylvania had integrity and that their votes counted."

Stein's website said on Friday the Green Party had raised $6.8 million so far for the recount and had a goal of $9.5 million.

Lawyers for Clinton have said they would take part in the Wisconsin recount effort to ensure her campaign is legally represented, and that they would do the same if necessary in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

(Reporting by David Ingram in New York and Susan Heavey in Washington; Additional reporting by David Shepardson in Washington; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Frances Kerry)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

( there is also a petition calling on the electoral college members to vote for Clinton instead , )

Electoral College Petition Now Largest In Change.org History

Suman Varandani

International Business TimesDecember 02, 2016

Despite registering more than 2 million more votes than President-elect Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton lost the election by a pretty wide margin.

A petition urging the Electoral College to make Hillary Clinton the president of the United States is now the largest in Charge.org history. The petition, started by social worker Daniel Brezenoff last month, has received more than 4.6 million signatures.

Millions of people have added their names to the online petition calling to block President-elect Donald Trump from taking the White House. The petition called on 149 electors to ignore their states' votes and instead cast ballots for Clinton on Dec. 19.

"Donald Trump is a danger to the Constitution," Brezenoff said, in a release, "and the electors have the power to stop him." The petition argues that Clinton should be president because she won the popular vote.

The petition comes on top of a three-state recount effort launched by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein. She filed a petition in Pennsylvania calling the Nov. 8 balloting illegal, claiming irregularities with electronic voting machines.

Stein raised more than $9 million in donations for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan -- states critical to the 2016 election -- an effort labeled by Trump as a “scam.”

While Clinton’s campaign offered its support for the recount effort in the three swing states, the Democratic candidate's aides believe it to be a futile effort.

“Believe me if there was anything I could do to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States I would,” Clinton ally and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said, according to the Associated Press. “But this is a big waste of time.”

Of the 538 electors, 236 electors from 21 states are unbound from voting for their state’s choice and can cast their electoral ballot for whomever they choose. The other 302 are bound to vote for the candidate who won the state’s electoral votes. They come from 29 states, and Washington, D.C.

Clinton is currently 1,322,095 votes ahead of Trump on the popular vote, but lost the election by 306 to 232 Electoral College votes, pending the outcome of the Dec. 19 vote.

At least seven people have stated they will be "faithless electors," calling themselves “Hamilton Electors.” These voters have pledged to block Trump from becoming president, and in the process defy the Electoral College's voting norm and not vote for Clinton. Instead they would cast their votes for a “reasonable Republican who does not have Donald Trump’s questionable ethics.”


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing, these Democrats just never stop.

First, Hillary concedes, albeit the next day, Then Stein mounts this preposterous recount demand -- as if it can ever affect the outcome in her favor.

Now we are looking at all the states that make up Trump's advantage being forced into recounts against all odds of winning -- but they win simply by keeping the electoral votes from being cast.

This is very dangerous stuff. I don't want to pretend that I know all the alternatives, but it seems clear that this would be a crisis. Over an election they have undoubtedly lost.

Now they are mounting another campaign to get rid of the electoral college. That would require a constitutional change ... but they just use the democratic masses to keep hammering away at all the old parts of the constitutional republic.
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