Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

Donald Trump, now the 45th president of the United States, promised that he would work tirelessly for every American and vowed to put “America first.”

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision, on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” Trump said in his roughly 16-minute inauguration speech, the shortest since President Jimmy Carter’s in 1977.

Trump told Americans, “This moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.”

At times his speech echoed themes from his presidential campaign.

He pledged to give voice to “the forgotten men and women” and called for a return of power to the American people from the politicians in Washington.

“I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never let you down,” he said.

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Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts as Melania Trump and his family looks during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Photo: AP

He continued, “In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it is striving. We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk an no action, constantly complaining but never doing anything about it. The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.”

He did, however, present a bleak picture of the current state of American affairs.

“Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation. An education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential. This American carnage stops right here and stops right now,” he said.

Trump closed his speech with his oft-repeated campaign slogan.

“Together we will make America strong again. We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again,” he exclaimed.

After the inauguration ceremony, the Trumps escorted the Obamas to a waiting helicopter, which will take the former president and first lady to Joint Base Andrews, where they will take a plane to Palm Springs, California.

Trump then signed several documents, including the waiver allowing retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve in his Cabinet, while surrounded by his family and political leaders. From there, the group went to the Statuary Hall in the Capitol for a luncheon before the parade.

While making brief remarks at the end of the luncheon, Trump said he was “very, very honored” that Bill and Hillary Clinton attended the inauguration, prompting a standing ovation for the pair.

“I have a lot of respect for those two people. Thank you for being here,” he said.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk along Pennsylvania Avenue with their son Barron Trump during the inaugural pared from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Photo: Reuters

The Trump family left the Capitol in a motorcade en route to the White House. They got out of the vehicle twice, walking for short stretches and waving to the crowds lining the street.

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Trump: I’ll ‘work so hard’ as president

Donald Trump on Thursday promised change he said America hasn’t seen in decades, as he spoke in front of a crowd of thousands in Washington, D.C., on his final day as president-elect.

“I promise you that I will work so hard. We’re gonna get it turned around,” Trump told supporters, pledging to bring back American jobs, build up the military and strengthen the nation’s borders. “We’re going to do things that haven’t been done for our country for many, many decades. It’s going to change. I promise you. It’s going to change.”

Trump spoke for a little more than six minutes Thursday night at the Lincoln Memorial, echoing much of his campaign rhetoric: He hailed his campaign as a “movement” that’s never been seen before, recounted how it started in June 2015, rattled off estimates of the massive crowd sizes from his past rallies, reminded supporters that this is their movement and that he’s merely the messenger, and vowed to unify the country.

He thanked the performers at his “Make America Great Again” welcome celebration and his family for their support, and said his transition team had the idea to host a concert at the Lincoln Memorial, which he suggested may never have occurred before. In fact, President Barack Obama held his inauguration concert in 2009 at the Lincoln Memorial.

“So many people have poured into Washington, D.C. This started out tonight being a small little concert, and then we had the idea, ‘Maybe we’ll do it in front of the Lincoln Memorial,’” Trump said. “I don’t know if it’s ever been done before, but if it has, very seldom. And the people came by the thousands and the thousands, and here we are tonight, all the way back.”

Trump arrived at the Lincoln Memorial with much fanfare, drawing chants of “Trump!” from the thousands of supporters before The Frontmen of Country — Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart and Richie McDonald — performed a medley of their greatest hits, including Trump’s campaign song, “God Bless the USA,” with Lee Greenwood.

Trump delivered his remarks at his welcome celebration, the final official event on the eve of his inauguration, shortly after 6 p.m. He seemed to enjoy himself, often rocking his head and swaying from side to side with the music. The concert featured country singer Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and actor Jon Voight, among others.

“This is some day,” Voight told the crowd. He cast Trump as America’s savior, the answer to all Americans’ prayers and the victor of a grueling slog of a campaign despite, he said, “a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if God could reverse all the negative lies against Mr. Trump, whose only desire was to make America great again.”

Voight added that Trump “certainly didn’t need this job” but contended that “God answered all of our prayers. Because here it is: We will be part of history. All of us. President Lincoln, who sits here with us, I’m sure is smiling, knowing America will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or color.”

Trump and his family landed at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday afternoon on a Boeing 757, the president-elect’s first ride in a military aircraft. He spoke briefly inside the presidential ballroom of his new Washington hotel at what was billed as a leadership luncheon.

Trump arrived at the Lincoln Memorial with much fanfare, drawing chants of “Trump!” from the thousands of supporters before The Frontmen of Country — Tim Rushlow, Larry Stewart and Richie McDonald — performed a medley of their greatest hits, including Trump’s campaign song, “God Bless the USA,” with Lee Greenwood.

Trump delivered his remarks at his welcome celebration, the final official event on the eve of his inauguration, shortly after 6 p.m. He seemed to enjoy himself, often rocking his head and swaying from side to side with the music. The concert featured country singer Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and actor Jon Voight, among others.

“This is some day,” Voight told the crowd. He cast Trump as America’s savior, the answer to all Americans’ prayers and the victor of a grueling slog of a campaign despite, he said, “a barrage of propaganda that left us all breathless with anticipation, not knowing if God could reverse all the negative lies against Mr. Trump, whose only desire was to make America great again.”

Voight added that Trump “certainly didn’t need this job” but contended that “God answered all of our prayers. Because here it is: We will be part of history. All of us. President Lincoln, who sits here with us, I’m sure is smiling, knowing America will be saved by an honest and good man who will work for all the people, no matter their creed or color.”

Trump and his family landed at Joint Base Andrews on Thursday afternoon on a Boeing 757, the president-elect’s first ride in a military aircraft. He spoke briefly inside the presidential ballroom of his new Washington hotel at what was billed as a leadership luncheon.

Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Thursday morning that Trump “continues to make edits and additions” to the speech, which he said will “be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country” but will also include what it means to be American and what challenges the nation faces.

“I think it’s going to be less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document, a vision of where he sees the country, the proper role of government, the role of citizens,” Spicer said.

Trump shrugged off the forecast of showers that could literally rain on his parade — and his swearing-in, for that matter — at his welcome rally, telling supporters he’ll see them Friday rain or shine.

“I don’t care, frankly, if it’s going to be beautiful or if it’s gonna rain like crazy. Makes no difference to me,” he said. “I have a feeling it’s going to be beautiful. But I will see you tomorrow.”

With the backing of his supporters, Trump pledged to fulfill his campaign mantra and “Make America great again” — “and I’ll add, greater than ever before,” he told the crowd. He wrapped his remarks with a fitting description of what was to come, both as he exited the stage and as the political outsider takes over the federal government. “Thank you very much,” he said, “and enjoy the fireworks.”

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Donald Trump’s popularity reached an all-time high

Donald Trump’s popularity is rising in the days since his election, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll of registered voters.

Forty-six percent of voters now have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the president-elect. Twelve percent have a somewhat unfavorable opinion and 34 percent have a very unfavorable opinion of him.

It’s a dramatic uptick since the election. Trump’s favorability has grown 9 points, 37 percent to 46 percent, compared to a Morning Consult poll right before the election — while his unfavorability has dropped 15 points, from 61 percent to 46 percent.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is also up. Fifty-four percent of voters approve of the job Obama is doing, while 43 percent disapprove. That’s up from 50 percent approving and 48 percent disapproving of Obama before the election.

“Trump’s favorability among voters has reached new highs since he became president-elect,” said Morning Consult cofounder and Chief Research Officer Kyle Dropp. “This honeymoon phase is common for new presidents. For example, Obama saw about a 20 point swing in his favor following the 2008 election.”

Trump is also getting high marks for his transition effort. Nineteen percent of those polled believe it is more organized than past efforts and another 34 percent believe the transition is about the same, according to the poll that Morning Consult conducted Nov. 16-18.

“About half say Donald Trump’s presidential transition is as organized or more organized than previous administrations, whereas about one in three describe it as less organized than past transitions,’ said Dropp, though he noted that “many of the initial transition picks including Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions are still largely unknown to Americans.”

Still, three in 10 believe that Priebus was a strong choice as chief of staff (27 percent say it was weak). Only two in 10 believe Bannon was a strong choice (34 percent say it was weak).

The POLITICO/Morning Consult poll surveyed 1,885 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points. Thirty-three percent of likely voters self-identified as Democrats, 32 percent as independents and 33 percent as Republicans.

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From Lobbyists To Loyalists, See Who’s On Donald Trump’s Transition Team

The Trump transition team is a work in progress, but there are certain things we know. It’s being led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and it includes an executive committee that includes several members of President-elect Donald Trump’s family.

NPR has obtained an organizational chart, which lists the names of those who are heading “teams” with responsibility for many of the federal agencies and departments. Several of them, especially in the national security realm, played advisory roles in the Trump campaign. Most are white men. And, somewhat surprisingly for an administration that pledges to reduce the impact of lobbyists in Washington to “drain the swamp,” a fair number of them are lobbyists.

Keep in mind that the transition is a fluid process. For instance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the original transition chairman until he was replaced by Pence, and Mike Rogers was originally the national security lead, until he unexpectedly withdrew. The New York Times reported that lobbyist Matthew Freedman, also on the national security team, was fired. (Trump denied the Times report that his transition team is in flux, tweeting that it’s going “so smoothly.”)

Here are some of the people who are on Trump’s transition team.

Agency Action Team
Ron Nicol, Director, Agency Action

A former officer in the Navy, Ron Nicol has worked as a senior adviser to The Boston Consulting Group (the same company where Mitt Romney got his start) since January of 2016. According to his bio on BCG’s website, Nicol’s focus is on telecommunications and airlines. Prior to his work at BCG, he worked at Babcock and Wilcox, an energy and environmental technology company.

Nicol will oversee the following six groups, each with its own lead.

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Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty images

Keith Kellogg is a retired Army lieutenant general who endorsed Trump last summer. He served two tours in Vietnam and was chief of staff for the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation Desert Storm. Since retiring from the military, Kellogg has worked for a number of defense and homeland security contractors.

 

  • Michael Meese is working under Kellogg on Veterans Affairs. He is a retired Army brigadier general who served as a senior adviser to Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq and Afghanistan. He taught at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and currently teaches at Georgetown University. He also serves as chief operating officer of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association, which helps military families deal with financial matters. He happens to be the son of another transition team member, former Attorney General Edwin Meese.
National Security

Former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers was originally slated to lead the National Security transition team. However, in a statement released Tuesday, he said he was “pleased to hand off our work” to a new team led by Mike Pence.

There are several people working underneath the head of the National Security team. They include:

  1. DHS: Cindy Hayden, lobbyist for Altria, a giant tobacco company.
  2. State: Jim Carafano, vice president at the conservative Heritage Foundation and, according to its website, “a leading expert in national security and foreign policy challenges.”
  3. Intelligence: Ronald Burgess, a retired Army lieutenant general who served as deputy director of national intelligence from 2005 to 2007 during the George W. Bush administration, and for a month in 2009. He has been at Auburn University, working on national security and cyber programs, since December 2012.
Economic Issues
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David R. Malpass, Photo:Mario Tama/Getty Images

David Malpass is the president of Encima Global, a consulting and economic research firm. Previous positions include work at Bear Stearns as a chief economist, controller at Consolidated Supply Co. and a variety of appointments during the Ronald Reagan and Bush administrations, including deputy assistant treasury secretary for developing nations, deputy assistant secretary of state and senior analyst for taxes and trade at the Senate Budget Committee. Malpass ran unsuccessfully for a New York Senate seat in 2010 and was an adviser to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani during his 2008 bid for the White House. In an interview with Marketplace, Malpass expressed his belief that Trump is capable of changing government, saying, “[The federal government] is this giant entity that’s constantly affecting people’s lives. And I think they haven’t been making good decisions in the current administration and we need a better one.”

Bill Walton is the chairman of Rappahannock Ventures (a private equity firm) and Rush River Entertainment (film production company). He is a senior fellow for the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality and is the chairman of the board and CEO of Allied Capital Corp.

Domestic Issues
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Ken Blackwell, Photo:Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Ken Blackwell is the senior fellow for human rights and constitutional governance at the conservative Family Research Council. The author of several books, including Resurgent: How Constitutional Conservatism Can Save America, Blackwell is a former mayor of Cincinnati and former Ohio secretary of state and treasurer. He was the first black major party nominee for Ohio governor in 2006 (he lost to Ted Strickland) and ran unsuccessfully for chairman of the Republican National Committee in 2009. Blackwell has previously spoken out against Trump, saying, “Donald Trump is an existential threat to conservatism. He is arguably one of the most divisive figures in modern political history and his candidacy represents not only a threat to the Republican Party, Donald Trump is dragging the nation into the political gutter. It’s time for conservative voters to open their eyes and understand the nation deserves better than this political huckster.” Blackwell’s appointment drew criticism from the left for anti-gay comments he has made.

There are several people working underneath Blackwell, heading up various teams. They include:

  1. EPA: Myron Ebell directs environmental and energy policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and is a leading climate change skeptic. He opposes the Clean Power Plan, which is aimed at reducing carbon emissions, calling it illegal. He heads a group called the “Cooler Heads Coalition” that questions “global warming alarmism.”
  2. DOE/NRC: Mike McKenna, president of MWR Strategies, a lobbying firm. His clients have included Koch Companies and Dow Chemical. He worked for the Department of Energy during the George H.W. Bush administration.
  3. Labor: Steve Hart, chairman of Williams & Jensen, a Washington lobbying firm. According to his bio on the company’s website, he has been named “one of Washington’s top lobbyists.” He worked at the Justice Department during the Reagan administration and at OMB and the Labor Department.
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Edwin Meese, Photo:Mark Wilson, Getty Images

Edwin Meese is a fellow emeritus at the conservative Heritage Foundation. He served President Reagan in a variety of positions, including attorney general, and as a member of Reagan’s National Security Council. He also headed the transition team after Reagan won the 1980 election.

Kay Coles James is the former director of the Office of Personnel Management. She served as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources and is the former senior vice president of the Family Research Council.

Agency Transformation and Innovation

Beth Kaufman

Policy Implementation Team

The policy implementation team is led by Ado Machida. Machida served as a deputy assistant and acting director for domestic policy to former Vice President Dick Cheney and was previously a lobbyist at Akin Gump Straus Hauer & Feld LLP and BAE Systems. He was a senior economic policy adviser on Bob Dole’s 1996 presidential campaign.

Machida oversees a team of 14 people, including the executive legal action lead and executive authority adviser.

Executive Legal Action Lead

Andrew Bremberg has long been an adviser to top Republicans. He served as a policy adviser to Gov. Scott Walker during his presidential campaign and to Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. He is the former chief of staff in the Office of Public Health and Science at the Department of Health and Human Services and was brought in to help on health policy as part of the transition team for Mitt Romney during his bid for the presidency.

Executive Authority Adviser

Carlos Diaz Rosillo is a lecturer at Harvard University. He recently taught a popular class called “The Road to the White House,” examining Trump’s campaign.

Other members of this team include:

  1. Immigration Reform and Building the Wall: Danielle Cutrona is Sen. Jeff Sessions’ counsel on the Judiciary Committee.
  2. Health Care Reform: Paula Stannard is a lawyer at Alston & Bird who was formerly the deputy general counsel and acting general counsel at the Department of Health and Human Services.
  3. Defense and National Security: Bert Mizusawa is a major general in the Army Reserve. He was awarded a Silver Star for his service in South Korea. He waged an unsuccessful campaign for a congressional seat in Virginia in 2010.
  4. Trade Reform: Jim Carter is a lobbyist for Emerson, a manufacturing company.
  5. VA Reform: Bill Chatfield is a lobbyist who served as a director of Selective Service after being nominated by George W. Bush.
  6. Regulatory Reform: Rob Gordon
  7. Energy Independence: Michael Catanzaro is a former energy staffer for John Boehner. He has a history of climate change denial and currently works as a partner at the lobbying firm CGCN, where his clients include Koch Industries.
  8. Financial Services: Brian Johnson is a lawyer for the House Financial Services Committee.
  9. Education: Gerard Robinson is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. His expertise is in education policy studies.
  10. Transport and Infrastructure: Martin Whitmer is chairman of the lobbying firm Whitmer and Worrall. He served as the deputy chief of staff at the Department of Transportation after his appointment by President George W. Bush.
  11. Protecting Constitutional Rights: Per Politico, Ken Klukoski is the director of strategic affairs for the First Liberty Institute, which is in charge of “protecting constitutional rights.”

 

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Obama to Trump: Time to get serious

Get serious or get played, President Barack Obama told President-elect Donald Trump here Thursday  warning his successor that he’ll lose elections and people will die if he doesn’t shape up.

As impressive as the campaign he ran was, that won’t translate to governing, Obama said he told Trump in their long private post-election Oval Office meeting last week.

He insisted that Trump had agreed, though that’s not something Trump has told the public. On the contrary, he’s said he doesn’t think his rhetoric went too far, telling The Wall Street Journal last week, “I won.”

Obama’s not the only skeptic. The outgoing president’s last European stop on his last foreign trip was to see German Chancellor Angela Merkel, his closest international partner. Among the things the current U.S.-German alliance agrees on is not being overly impressed with the man who’ll be president in five weeks.

Obama said he told Trump in their private meeting that “what may work in generating enthusiasm or passion during elections may be different in terms of what will work in terms of unifying the country and gaining the trust of even those who don’t support him.”

“I think the president-elect is going to see fairly quickly that the demands and responsibilities of a U.S. president are not ones that you can treat casually,” Obama said.

Then a warning shot: “If you’re not serious about the job, then you probably won’t be there very long, because it will expose problems.”

Merkel, who’ll have to work with Trump at least through her own elections next fall, took a softer approach. But her affection and admiration for Obama were apparent, as was her skepticism about what’s coming — “I am absolutely certain that one day we will come back to what we achieved and build on it,” she said to the president in her opening remarks, while pledging to work with the incoming administration.

“There are a lot of people who are looking for simplistic solutions, who are preaching unfriendly policies,” she warned at one point, while acknowledging, “We have to find new ways of addressing people.”

That mirrored a thought Obama had just voiced. “It’s easier to make negative attacks and simplistic slogans than it is to communicate complex policies — but we’ll figure it out,” he said.

Obama said he’s “cautiously optimistic” Trump will learn that there will be a “shift from campaign mode to governance [because] there’s something about the solemn responsibilities of that office.” But he’s clearly far from confident.

And, Obama argued, a lot more than just politics is at stake, when going up against someone like Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose praise Trump said on the campaign trail he appreciated and whose Kremlin gave an account of a very cozy congratulatory conversation that the president-elect’s transition team made no effort to dispute.

“I don’t expect that the president-elect will follow exactly our blueprint or our approach, but my hope is that he does not simply take a realpolitik approach and suggest that, you know, if we just cut some deals with Russia, even if it hurts people or even if it violates international norms, or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria, that we just do whatever is convenient at the time,” Obama said. “And that will be something that I think we’ll learn more about as the president-elect puts his team together.”

This trip was conceived under very different circumstances and an assumption that Hillary Clinton — whom Merkel had expressed hope that she’d get to work with — would be the president-elect. It was to be a nostalgic farewell to Merkel that might even have included a stop at the site where Obama gave his 2008 speech here to more than 100,000 Germans at the height of his campaign, and of the promise he held for many Americans and Europeans about movement to a new era.

After years of tension with the George W. Bush administration over the Iraq War, Germans were early believers in Obama and his message of hope and change.

Instead, Obama’s had to spend his farewell tour, first in Greece and now here, explaining to the world what happened back home. He’s been arguing, without any public affirmation from Trump, that the president-elect isn’t sticking to any of his rhetoric about NATO or rethinking other international partnerships.

And Obama’s been pushing back on the idea presented to him on Thursday by a German reporter: that Trump represents his failing as a president and world leader.

Merkel and Obama didn’t hit it off immediately. Their early encounters were awkward, the conversation stilted. To Merkel and her entourage, Obama seemed cool and uninterested in Europe. He and his aides made no secret of their conviction that the U.S. needed to devote more attention to Asia and less to Europe.

A confluence of international crises, including the civil war in Syria and Russia’s incursion into Ukraine forced a change in Washington’s calculus. And then the crisis in relations over the spying, including the tapping of Merkel’s cellphone, revealed by some of the documents released by Edward Snowden, led Obama to commit to rebuilding trust, including in giving her the lead in negotiations with Moscow and the European Union over the invasion of Crimea and subsequent joint sanctions.

For many in Berlin, Obama’s description of Merkel as his “closest international partner” this week hit home just how important the relationship had become for both sides.

The German public has also rediscovered its affection for Obama. According to a poll by one German daily, Obama is now as popular in Germany as John F. Kennedy, whose “Berliner” speech in June 1963 — though it sounded to Germans like he was saying, “I am a jelly donut” — won him icon status in the country. The German media Thursday was full of nostalgic, even wistful reports on Obama’s tenure.

That’s because for Germany, Obama’s farewell also offered a reminder what many fear will be turbulent times ahead.

On central questions of international policy, whether global warming, free trade or Russia, Berlin worries it could find itself in conflict with a President Trump.

Meanwhile, Merkel’s got to deal with negotiating the Brexit, along with the rise of nationalism in other European countries and in her own elections, coming up in less than a year.

Pressed to formally declare her candidacy on Thursday, Merkel deflected.

Obama wasn’t nearly as shy when asked whether he’d endorse her, though the lessons of the 2016 election, and his all-out campaign for Clinton, were obviously on his mind.

“If I were here, and I were German, I had a vote, I might support her,” Obama said. “I don’t know whether that hurts or helps.”

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Donald Trump requests security clearance for son-in-law Jared Kushner

Donald Trump has taken the unprecedented step of requesting his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, receive top-secret clearance to join him for his Presidential Daily Briefings, which began Tuesday…

Multiple sources tell NBC News Trump received his first briefing on Tuesday and designated both Kushner and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn as his staff-level companions for the briefings going forward.

While Flynn has the necessary security clearance, Kushner does not, and it could take weeks — or even longer — for him to receive it.

However, Trump tweeted early Wednesday that he was “not trying to get ‘top level security clearance’ for [his] children,” adding: “This was a typically false news story.”

It’s the latest in a series of unorthodox developments in Trump’s transition process that have cast a pall over his first week as president-elect.

On Tuesday, former Rep. Mike Rogers announced he was leaving the transition team, as part of what sources close to the transition process told NBC News was a “purge” of loyalists to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was demoted from leading the effort last week due in large part to grudges held by Trump and Kushner, sources say.

Naming Steve Bannon, founder and chairman of controversial conservative Alt Right-leaning outlet Breitbart, as a chief strategist in his White House sparked backlash from Democrats and gave Republicans on Capitol Hill a new headache, as many dodged questions about Bannon’s controversial comments about minorities, among other things.

And on Tuesday Trump also rolled out his Presidential Inaugural Committee leadership, a list that was packed with many of Trump’s biggest donors and fundraisers and as such raised further questions about his pledge to “Drain the Swamp” and rid Washington of corruption.

While it’s unclear when Kushner would receive security clearance, the legality of such a move is murky as well, as it raises questions about whether Trump is contravening the anti-nepotism law that bars presidents from appointing family members to cabinet positions or formal government jobs.

But Trump’s advisers can argue that the transition team is temporary, and thus not covered by the law. And Trump’s own children have indicated they’ll continue to advise their father in unpaid, informal roles, which may be outside the purview of the law.

Still, experts note the purpose of the 1967 anti-nepotism statute is to prevent nepotistic favoritism in the wielding of federal power and benefits, so any notion of granting such an important federal power to a non-employee family member contradicts the purpose and spirit of that law, as well as standard practice.

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Students in Protest Against US President-Elect Donald Trump Election

Thousands of students marched in Washington DC in protest against US President-elect Donald Trump.

The crowd gathered in front of the iconic Trump International Hotel at noon on Tuesday and then proceeded to the US Congress, the Supreme Court and the Washington Monument before finally stopping at the White House, Xinhua news agency reported.

Chants broke out among the students as they marched, and many held up self-made placards to demonstrate their discontent.

“No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” one placard read.

“Everyone is equal, no one deserves to be mistreated because of something that they can’t choose, like their race or their gender,” an ninth-grade girl said.

“Because we weren’t old enough to vote, we chose to use this way to be heard,” another student said.

At one point a student climbed onto a statue in front of the Trump hotel, receiving wild cheers from fellow students.

The protest was initiated last Thursday by several student groups at the Woodrow Wilson High School, and as word spread on social media, students from other schools also joined the event, leading to a turnout that surprised many.

The protest ended peacefully without major incidents.

Trump incurred strong controversy with many of his statements considered discriminated and protests have erupted across the country since his election.

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Hundreds of secondary school students march down Independence Avenue in Washington, DC, on November 15, 2016 as they protest the election of US President-elect Donald Trump.

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