Trump names his priorities
What’s on the front burner for President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office Jan. 20?
“We’re looking very strongly at immigration, we’re going to look at the borders, very importantly, we’re looking very strongly at health care and we’re looking at jobs. Big league jobs,” Trump said.
The comments came after a Capitol Hill meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Trump ignored a question on whether he would go forward with a plan to ban Muslims from entering the country. His transition website, GreatAgain.gov, calls for the suspension of “the issuance of visas to any place where adequate screening cannot occur.”
Trump also met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who, like McConnell, had a rocky relationship with their candidate during the campaign.
With Trump by his side, Ryan congratulated him on “one of the most impressive victories we’ve ever seen” and said “We’re going to turn that victory into progress for the American people.”
Trump and Obama meet
Trump and President Barack Obama put their acrimony aside when they met with reporters after a 90-minute meeting in the White House’s Oval Office.
“We now are going to do everything we can,” to provide a successful transition, Obama said. “Because if you succeed, the country succeeds.”
Said Trump: “Mr. President, it was a great honor to be with you.” He said he looks forward to Obama’s ongoing “counsel.” Read the story by Newsday’s Laura Figueroa.
The take-away: Flying blind
Trump and GOP leaders say Obamacare is on the way out, but are far from clear on what will take its place.
It’s just one of the many big uncertainties about Trump’s plans — many of which were never fleshed out during the campaign or which changed multiple times. See Dan Janison’s column for Newsday.
Rudy: Who better than me?
Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor and U.S. attorney, said on CNN he would accept an offer to become attorney general “if it really was just me and I couldn’t point to three others that would be just as good or better.”
And then he said: “There’s probably nobody that knows the Justice Department better than me.”
West Wing recasting
Multiple reports say Steve Bannon, who moved to the Trump campaign from running the radical right-wing Breitbart News, is a strong contender to become White House chief of staff — setting off alarms among those who say the website served as an outlet for racism and anti-Semitism.
Others in the Trump orbit are said to favor Republican national chairman Reince Priebus.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, denying a report that she was reluctant to give up her polling business, said she has been offered a job. She didn’t say which one.
Also, reports say JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has been sounded out to see if he was interested in being secretary of the treasury.
Bernie Sanders in 2020?
The runner-up in the Democratic primaries might try it again in 2020. “We’ll take one thing at a time, but I’m not ruling out anything,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, who will be 79 on the next presidential Election Day.
Sanders’ was back on Twitter Thursday with the argument he had used against Clinton — and her general-election prospects — in the fight for the nomination: “We can’t be a party which cozies up to Wall Street, raises money from billionaires & stands with working families. We’ve got to pick a side.”
Warren: Let’s figure this out
Clinton’s defeat has left a vacuum and disarray in the leadership of the Democratic Party. Like Sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren is one of those vying to take a leading hand in reshaping its message, learning the lessons of Trump’s win.
“There are millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump because of the bigotry and hate that fueled his campaign rallies,” Warren told an AFL-CIO meeting. “They voted for him despite hate. They voted for him out of frustration and anger — and also out of hope that he would bring change.”
What else is happening
- Trump’s first extensive postelection interview will be on Sunday’s “60 Minutes” on CBS.
- The federal judge overseeing the lawsuit against Trump University tentatively rejected a bid by Trump to keep a wide range of statements from the campaign out of the fraud trial scheduled to begin Nov. 28. Trump lawyers also sought a delay until next year.
- Washington’s top hotels had expected a flood of reservations for the inauguration once the election results were known. It hasn’t happened, The Washington Post reports.
- To help fulfill Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” of Washington corruption, top lobbyist and former Senate GOP leader Trent Lott has offered “to help guide him through the swamp.” K Street lobbyists see Trump as a boon for their business, The New York Times says.
- Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean has offered to return to his old job as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, where he served from 2005 to 2009. Another contender is Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
- Trump’s data team said it detected a movement of older white voters toward him after FBI Director James Comey announced a revived investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, Bloomberg News reports.
- Bill Clinton had argued for his wife’s campaign to do more outreach with working-class, white and rural voters to cut into Trump’s advantage with them, but his advice wasn’t followed, The New York Times says.
- Buffalo-area Republican Carl Paladino said he “absolutely” expects Trump’s endorsement if he runs for governor against Andrew M. Cuomo, reports Newsday’s Michael Gormley.
- Fifth Avenue in the vicinity of Trump Tower can expect frequent security-related gridlock for the next four years, transportation expert Sam Schwartz told DNAInfo.