Trump Tower isn’t Neverland
Donald Trump isn’t known for easily getting over grudges. Ask Rosie O’Donnell. See his perpetual tweeting about the “dishonest” media.
Which makes all the more eye-popping the news that Mitt Romney will be coming by Trump Tower on Sunday to meet with the president-elect. NBC News and ABC News said Romney is under consideration for secretary of state.
Romney was a leader of a GOP “#nevertrump” faction. He called the New York billionaire “a phony” and “a fraud.” Trump belittled Romney, saying he “choked like a dog” as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012.
That’s not all that makes it hard to imagine a Trump-Romney mind meld. Two examples: The former Massachusetts governor is pro-free trade and a harsh critic of Russia.
But other campaign-time critics are making pilgrimages to Trump Tower and are reportedly under consideration for big jobs, such as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. See Laura Figueroa’s story for Newsday.
Sessions’ star is rising
It’s looking ever likelier that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, an early Trump supporter and fellow hard-liner on immigration, will be getting a cabinet-level job.
“While nothing has been finalized and he is still talking with others as he forms his cabinet, the president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s attorney general and U.S. attorney,” a transition team statement said.
It’s not a lock that Sessions would have smooth sailing for Senate confirmation. Thirty years ago, his nomination for a federal judgeship ran aground over accusations of racial bias.
In like Flynn
Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the job of national security adviser, The Associated Press reports.
The take-away: Prez and the city
The Trump effect is already being felt in his hometown — just look at the traffic jams on Fifth Avenue near Trump Tower.
The impact of his impending presidency will touch New York City life in many ways, from its local politics to its financial industry to its history as a refuge for immigrants. See Dan Janison’s column for Newsday.
Newt Gingrich told McClatchy news he will not serve in the Trump administration in any official role. It wasn’t clear whether that decision was his or the president-elect’s.
“I will not be in the cabinet,” Gingrich, 73, said. “I intend to be focused on strategic planning.”
Jewish groups split on Bannon
Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as a senior adviser has divided Jewish groups. Bannon ran Breitbart News, a platform favored by the alt-right, which includes anti-Semites and racists among its ranks.
The Anti-Defamation League called the appointment “hostile to core American values.” The more conservative Zionist Organization of America accused the ADL of engaging in “character assassination” of Bannon, who it invited to speak at its annual gala in New York on Sunday.
Pelosi has a Rust Belt rival
Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio announced a challenge to Nancy Pelosi as the House Democratic leader. He said he will propose policies and ideas in the coming weeks to energize the Democratic base and oppose Trump’s agenda.
Ryan’s district is anchored in Youngstown, an economically depressed old steel manufacturing town where Trump cut into the traditional Democratic vote. Pelosi is from San Francisco.
The secret-ballot election is set for Nov. 30.
What else is happening
- Trump is planning a “victory tour” after Thanksgiving through some of the states he won in the election.
- A mortgage-lending bank that was run by Steven Mnuchin, a possible Trump nominee for Treasury secretary, was accused by two California watchdog groups of discriminating against blacks, Hispanics and Asians, Bloomberg News says.
- Legal experts say there is no constitutional hurdle to keep Trump from imposing a requirement on Muslim immigrants to register with the government, Politico says.
- Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway hinted Trump’s team wasn’t thrilled with Rudy Giuliani’s discussion the other day of cabinet possibilities, including his own. “These conversations are always best in private,” she said on MSNBC.
- Former New York City Council member and charter school movement leader Eva Moskowitz said she’s not interested in serving as Trump’s education secretary.
- Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he won’t run for president or vice president in 2020.