Donald Trump Wraps up Weekend Interviews Potential Cabinet Members

President-elect Trump continued his round of weekend meetings Sunday, with former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie among those who met with Trump and members of his transition team.

Others whom Trump met with Sunday include: Ari Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago and former chief of staff to President Obama; conservative writer John Gray; private equity firm founder Wilbur Ross; Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson; and David McCormick president of global investment firm, Bridgewater Associates, who held senior positions in the George W. Bush administration.

Trump told reporters that one of his most loyal and public allies, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, was also a prospect for secretary of state “and other things.” Giuliani at one point had been considered for attorney general, but Trump gave that job to Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis was an “impressive” prospect for defence secretary, president-elect Donald Trump and vice-president-elect Mike Pence said



Donald Trump and James Mattis, Photo:Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

Trump also was making plans for transitioning his family. He told reporters Sunday that his wife, Melania, and their 10-year-old son, Barron, would move to Washington when the school year ends.

Trump started filling key administration positions on Friday, picking Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo to head the CIA, signalling a sharp rightward shift in U.S. security policy as he begins to form his Cabinet. Trump also named retired Lt.-Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser.

Trump’s initial decisions suggest a more aggressive military involvement in counterterror strategy and a greater emphasis on Islam’s role in stoking extremism.

He referred to those who came to meet with him as “patriots” in a tweet Sunday morning.



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