Donald Trump’s Day 1 To-Do List

On the morning of Jan. 21, 2017, his first full day in office, President Donald J. Trump will take a minute to settle behind the 19th-century Resolute desk, first used in the Oval Office by John F. Kennedy.

Then he will get very busy — if he follows through on his campaign promises for what he will do on his first day in office.

On Day 1, Mr. Trump has promised, he will redirect immigration enforcement, alter trade relations with China and other nations, relax restrictions on energy production, impose new rules on lobbyists, halt efforts to combat global warming, lift curbs on guns, push for congressional term limits and demand a new strategy for defeating the Islamic State. He may face some legal and procedural hurdles, but most of his Day 1 pledges involve issuing presidential directives, executive orders or memorandums that do not need legislative approval.

Although Mr. Trump and his top advisers have appeared to moderate some of his broader campaign pledges — they have suggested he might keep parts of the Affordable Care Act, delay building a wall along the border with Mexico and not appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s emails — Mr. Trump has said nothing to indicate that he will not make good on his explicit Day 1 promises, many of which he delivered in his “Contract With the American Voter” during a speech in late October in Gettysburg, Pa.

Moving quickly is, after all, a modern presidential tradition. On his first day in office, President Obama imposed lobbying rules, closed secret interrogation facilities, banned torture and ordered the prison at Guantánamo Bay closed (an order that Congress has blocked to this day). Bowing to conservatives, on his first day, President George W. Bush ended funding of overseas clinics that provided abortion services.

Here is what Mr. Trump has said he will do:

Immigration

Nowhere has Mr. Trump been more specific than in his desire to deal with immigration on his first day. During a campaign rally on Aug. 31 in Phoenix, he told the crowd that he would instruct his administration to begin deporting illegal immigrants with criminal records immediately.

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An undocumented immigrant boarding an Immigration and Customs Enforcement jet in Mesa, Ariz., before being deported, Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

“We will begin moving them out, Day 1,” he said. “My first hour in office, those people are gone.”

In fact, immigration enforcement agents at the Department of Homeland Security are already under a mandate from Mr. Obama to deport criminals. The executive actions the president took in late 2014 order officials to focus on deporting “national security threats, convicted felons, gang members and illegal entrants apprehended at the border.”

But Mr. Trump does have wide latitude to direct an even more aggressive deportation effort, and he appears determined to do so quickly. He has said he will immediately end Mr. Obama’s program that protects undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children. But it is unclear whether Mr. Trump will seek to quickly deport the 700,000 or so people who signed up for the program, or merely refuse to accept new applicants.

He has said he also plans on Day 1 to suspend immigration from “terror-prone” countries, and to impose “extreme vetting” on others. And he has said he will immediately inform sanctuary cities — about two dozen American cities where officials have pledged not to prosecute people solely for being undocumented — that they will lose federal funding.

Economy and Trade

Much of Mr. Trump’s campaign was built on a promise to help struggling American workers who are frustrated by the loss of jobs, especially in the heartland.

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A brokerage house in Shanghai day after the election, President-elect Trump promised to tell his Treasury secretary to label china a currency manipulator, Photo: Aly Song/Reuters

The president-elect has said he intends to take several actions to pursue those policies on his first day, including announcing his intention to renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and to stop pursuing adoption of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both actions are well within Mr. Trump’s powers as president.

He has promised to pick up the phone and order his Treasury secretary to label China a currency manipulator, and to tell his commerce secretary to begin identifying foreign trade abuses.

He has also said he will call chief executives of major companies who have announced plans to move jobs overseas to warn them that he will impose 35 percent tariffs if they proceed. That promise may be difficult to keep: Tariffs require congressional approval, and the Constitution bans the imposition of taxes or tariffs specifically aimed at a single company.

The Environment

The president-elect has taken direct aim at Mr. Obama’s actions on the environment and climate.

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Gascoyne, N.D., where pipes for the planned Keystone XL pipeline were stored in 2014. President Obama rejected construction of the pipeline, but President-elect Trump has said he will approve it, Photo: Andrew Cullen/Reuters

Mr. Trump has said that on his first day in office, he will lift Obama-era rules that restrict where oil drilling and other energy production are done, although Mr. Trump may find it harder to change those plans than he thinks. In July, for example, Mr. Obama’s administration issued regulations making it harder to drill for oil in the Arctic by requiring extensive plans for containing spills. Undoing final regulations like the Arctic drilling rules would require a long legal process.

It may be easier to reconsider Mr. Obama’s ruling against construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would bring petroleum from Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. Mr. Trump has said he will indicate on his first day his desire to approve the pipeline. And he has promised to call United Nations officials the same day to inform them he is canceling United States’ financial commitments to United Nations climate change programs.

Other Day 1 Promises

At some point that day, Mr. Trump has said, he will convene a meeting of senior Pentagon officials to discuss the threat posed by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups. “I am also going to convene my top generals and give them a simple instruction: They will have 30 days to submit to the Oval Office a plan for defeating ISIS,” as the Islamic State is also known, Mr. Trump said in Greenville, N.C., during the campaign.

The president-elect has also promised to act to get rid of gun-free zones around schools and other facilities, a nod to Second Amendment supporters. “My first day, it gets signed, O.K.?” he said at a January rally. “My first day. There’s no more gun-free zones.”

But that may be a tough promise to keep. Gun-free zones are a result of a 1990 law proposed by Joseph R. Biden Jr., then a senator, and ending them would require legislation that Congress is unlikely to pass on Mr. Trump’s first day in office.

It will be easier to make good on his promises to attack corruption in Washington. He has said he will propose term limits for members of Congress, impose restrictions on the creation of new regulations, and limit the lobbying activities of White House and congressional officials after they leave office.

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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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President Obama Has Talked With Donald Trump 30-Plus Hours since their first sit-down meeting

President Obama and president-Elect Donald Trump have spoken 30-plus hours since their first official sit-down meeting after the election. Trump’s trusted aide, Kellyanne Conway, appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday to disclose that the president-elect and President Obama talk “regularly.”

The Hill reports that Donald Trump is learning as much as he can about what it takes to be the President of the United States and he’s in constant contact with President Obama to get an iron grip on the general details.

After the first meeting between President Obama and Donald Trump, one of the first things Trump said was that they talked for 90 minutes, but it could have gone on much longer as far as he was concerned. It was evident that Trump was absorbing the reality of what he’s about to take on. It wasn’t immediately clear what the president and Mr. Trump discussed, but Obamacare was likely one of the issues they went over, a program that Trump has vowed to scrap. He’s changing his tune somewhat on that front, willing to keep portions of Obamacare, such as individuals staying on their parents’ plan until they’re 26-years-old and allowing insurance to members regardless of preexisting conditions.

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As Conway revealed on Sunday, President Obama and Donald Trump have been on the phone frequently.

“You know, beyond the sit-down they had 30 hours or so after President-elect Trump won the election, they’ve been talking regularly on any number of issues,” Conway said. “They talked just yesterday.”

Conway revealed that Trump spoke with Obama for about 45 minutes on Saturday, but it’s unknown what their conversation was about. She added that Trump enjoys talking with Obama in spite of their differences.

“I can tell you from President-elect Trump’s side that he very much enjoys speaking with President Obama, talking about the serious issues that face this country and the world,” Conway continued. “They get along nicely. They disagree on many things. That’s not going to change.”

To hear that Donald Trump is listening to President Obama is encouraging for the country given the animosity that was exhibited between them during the presidential campaign. Trump tore into Obama’s policies, chastised him for his inability to utter the words “radial Islam,” and said the government is run by a bunch of “babies” and “losers.” The list goes on.

For his part, President Obama chided that someone incapable of handling his own Twitter account has no business holding the nation’s highest office. He took swipes at Trump during press conferences and was adamant that a man with such inclinations to be petulant over immaterial issues would spell trouble if he were elected president. On the Clinton campaign trail, Obama said before Trump ran for president, all he had time for was celebrities and those of wealth. He described a self-serving individual who in no way is suddenly looking out for the average American, inserting that Trump wouldn’t have given any working-class person the time of day unless that individual was mowing the fairway on one his golf courses.

When the two met after the election, Donald Trump said he “really liked” President Obama “a lot.” The president said he was “encouraged” by what he heard from Trump in the meeting. There was an optic of coming together for the sake of the people and what’s best for the nation.

President Obama and Donald Trump exchanged some pretty harsh barbs, but are managing to work together in an effort to put America first.

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All Of The Votes Have Finally Been Counted, Donald Trump Has Just Made Election History

Donald Trump has just officially won the great state of Michigan, making him the first to do so since George H. W. Bush in 1988 (that’s almost 30 years—this truly was a historic election).

This election saw the tightest race in Michigan’s electoral history. Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a total of 10,704 votes. This news comes after all 83 counties within the state finally had official verification from voting clerks’ offices.

The end result is a huge 306 electoral votes for Trump, and a measly 232 for Hillary (the worst the Democratic Party has done in decades).

The Michigan Secretary of State made an official statement regarding the entire process:

“Many people have asked about Michigan’s process for counting ballots and certifying election results. Please be aware that all 1,521 Michigan cities and townships completed ballot counting and reported unofficial results by the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 9.”

It’s clear that Trump’s success in many “Democratically-favored” areas came down to his promises to restore industrial vitality and create massive amounts of jobs.

In the midst of this great victory though, Jill Stein has initiated a full legal recount (with the funding of George Soros). Currently, no one is quite sure what will happen next. All that is certain, is that Trump won the election fair and square. If anything happens to change the outcome now, we will all witness the end of Democracy in the free world.

It is a great day for Trump in Michigan, but now the real race begins: can we make it to January 20th?

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Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Is Wilbur Ross

The President-elect is adding the billionaire investor to his cabinet, according to an official.

Wilbur Ross, the billionaire investor considered the “king of bankruptcy” for buying beaten-down companies with the potential to deliver profits, is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Commerce secretary, a senior transition official said.

The official isn’t authorized to publicly discuss the matter and requested anonymity.

Reputed by Forbes to be worth nearly $3 billion, Ross would represent the interests of U.S. businesses domestically and abroad as the head at Commerce. His department would be among those tasked with carrying out the Trump administration’s stated goal of protecting U.S. workers and challenging decades of globalization that largely benefited multinational corporations.

With a Florida home down the road from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat, the 78-year-old Ross played a role in crafting and selling the president-elect’s tax-cut and infrastructure plans. Ross has suggested that much of America is disgruntled because the economy has left middle-class workers behind and says Trump represents a shift to a “less politically correct direction.”

“Part of the reason why I’m supporting Trump is that I think we need a more radical, new approach to government— at least in the U.S. — from what we’ve had before,” Ross told CNBC in June, referring to Trump’s blunt tone and sweeping promises to reinvigorate economic growth.

The President-elect is adding the billionaire investor to his cabinet, according to an official.

Wilbur Ross, the billionaire investor considered the “king of bankruptcy” for buying beaten-down companies with the potential to deliver profits, is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Commerce secretary, a senior transition official said.

The official isn’t authorized to publicly discuss the matter and requested anonymity.

Reputed by Forbes to be worth nearly $3 billion, Ross would represent the interests of U.S. businesses domestically and abroad as the head at Commerce. His department would be among those tasked with carrying out the Trump administration’s stated goal of protecting U.S. workers and challenging decades of globalization that largely benefited multinational corporations.

With a Florida home down the road from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago retreat, the 78-year-old Ross played a role in crafting and selling the president-elect’s tax-cut and infrastructure plans. Ross has suggested that much of America is disgruntled because the economy has left middle-class workers behind and says Trump represents a shift to a “less politically correct direction.”

“Part of the reason why I’m supporting Trump is that I think we need a more radical, new approach to government— at least in the U.S. — from what we’ve had before,” Ross told CNBC in June, referring to Trump’s blunt tone and sweeping promises to reinvigorate economic growth.

Despite his embrace of populist rhetoric, Ross has enjoyed a patrician lifestyle. He frequently commutes between his offices in New York and home in Palm Beach, Florida, according to Haute Living magazine. He maintains an art collection worth more than $100 million that includes works by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte. A graduate of Yale University, he pledged a $10 million to help build its management school.

For 24 years as a banker at Rothschild, Ross developed a lucrative specialty in bankruptcy and corporate restructurings. He founded his own firm, W.L. Ross, in 2000 and earned part of his fortune from investing in troubled factories in the industrial Midwest and in some instances generating profits by limiting worker benefits. That region swung hard for Trump in the election on the promise of more manufacturing jobs from renegotiated trade deals and penalties for factories that outsourced their work abroad.

A specialist in corporate turnarounds, Ross buys distressed or bankrupt companies at steep discounts, then seeks to shave costs and generate profits. Some of those cost reductions have come from altering pay and benefits for workers. Since 2000, his firm has invested in more than 178 companies.

Ross most prominently created four companies through mergers and acquisitions that focused on steel, textiles, autos and coal. In some cases, Ross has sold the companies he packaged to even larger globe-spanning companies. In 2005, he sold the International Steel Group, which included the former Bethlehem Steel, to the Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal.

And while his investments appear to have proved generally lucrative, they have also at times brought troubling publicity.

In early 2006, the Sago coal mine owned by Ross exploded, triggering a collapse that killed a dozen miners. Federal safety inspectors in 2005 had cited the West Virginia mine with 208 violations.

Ross said afterward that he knew about the safety violations but that the mine’s management had assured him that it was a “safe situation.”

“Oh, my God, it’s the worst week of my entire life,” Ross told ABC News days after the collapse.

If confirmed by the Senate as Commerce secretary, Ross would oversee nearly 47,000 employees and a budget of roughly $8 billion.

Among its responsibilities, the cabinet department provides data on the economy through the Census Bureau and monitors the environment through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

One former Commerce secretary, Donald Evans, noted that a prime responsibility is opening up markets around the world for U.S. companies and workers.

“What you are is ambassador to the world from America,” said Evans, who served under President George W. Bush. “It’s critically important when you go to other countries that, first and foremost, you care about them, the citizens of their country.”

That advice clashes somewhat with the promises made by Trump, who campaigned on the doctrine of putting “America first.” The president-elect told voters that Mexico, China and other countries had played U.S. trade negotiators for fools.

“Under a Trump administration, no American citizen will ever again feel that their needs come second to the citizens of foreign countries,” Trump said in April.

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Donald Trump’s Cabinet Picks Still Not Entirely Known

By his own account, President-elect Donald Trump has worked out a few agreements after a parade of weekend visitors who could land major appointments in his administration.

By his own account, President-elect Donald Trump has worked out a few agreements after a parade of weekend visitors who could land major appointments in his administration.

There were hints but no decisions to announce. Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee in 2012, was “under active and serious consideration” for secretary of state, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said. Trump himself said retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis was an “impressive” prospect for defense secretary.

“We’ve made a couple of deals,” Trump told reporters at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club before returning to New York. He gave assurances that “incredible meetings” would be bringing “incredible people” into the government. “You’ll be hearing about them soon.”

More meetings are on Trump’s Monday schedule. His transition team said former Texas governor and GOP presidential rival Rick Perry was expected to meet with Trump on Monday.

Among the visitors to the white-pillared clubhouse Sunday were Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the former commander of U.S. Southern Command.

The businessman who is now the president-elect also apparently was considering options to lead the Commerce Department, meeting with Ross. “Time will tell,” Ross told reporters when asked if he wanted a post.

It was hard to tell if some of the visitors were on the job hunt. Hollywood powerbroker Ari Emanuel and BET founder Robert Johnson came through over the weekend as did health care billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. Trump made a show of each guest, greeting them formally at the door, shaking hands, and smiling for the cameras and telling the press how “great” they were.

“King of Hollywood,” Trump said, as he ushered Emanuel in the door Sunday.

Between conversations, Trump revealed he was making transition plans for his family. He told reporters that his wife, Melania, and their 10-year-old son, Barron, would move to Washington when the school year ends.

Trump also turned to Twitter to share some of his thinking. In between criticism of Saturday Night Live, the hit musical “Hamilton,” and retiring Democratic leader Harry Reid, he wrote that, “General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for secretary of defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!”

The comments were indications that Trump is looking outside his immediate circle as he works toward rounding out his foreign policy and national security teams. On Friday, he named a loyalist, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, as his national security adviser.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential contender, and Trump exchanged bitter insults during the campaign, and Mattis has not been considered a Trump confidante. The appointment of more establishment figures could offer some reassurance to lawmakers and others concerned about Trump’s hard-line positions on immigration and national security and his lack of foreign policy experience.

Trump told reporters Sunday 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 Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

But even as Trump and his team discussed pressing issues facing the country and how to staff the incoming administration, the president-elect’s Twitter feed suggested other issues too were on his mind.

His targets Sunday included Sen. Reid. Trump tweeted that incoming Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, another media-savvy New Yorker, was “far smarter” than Reid and “has the ability to get things done.”

Trump also complained that Saturday Night Live, which thrives on making fun of politicians, is “biased” and not funny. The night before, actor Alec Baldwin portrayed Trump as Googling: “What is ISIS?”

Trump also insisted again that the cast and producers of “Hamilton” should apologize after the lead actor addressed Pence from the stage Friday night, telling the vice president-elect that “diverse America” was “alarmed and anxious.” Pence said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he wasn’t offended.

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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

 

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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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