Monday, November 21, 2016

Trump to hold flurry of meetings

Donald Trump has a crowded schedule of meetings on Monday as he seeks to build out his Cabinet.
The president-elect will meet at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Monday with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), a supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) whose tough stance on radical Islamic terrorism could make her a candidate to be Trump’s pick as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller declined to say whether Gabbard is under consideration as U.N. ambassador. The Hill has been told by a transition source that Gabbard is in the running for a number of roles.He’s also meeting with former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R), who was thought to be in the running to serve as Trump’s vice presidential candidate.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Indiana Health Commissioner Jerome Adams and former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) will also meet with Trump on Monday.
Miller laid out the schedule in a conference call Monday with reporters. He said Trump will spend Thanksgiving with family at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla. The president-elect will fly to Mar-a-Lago either late Tuesday or on Wednesday, transition officials said.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence will be spending the holiday in Mississippi, where his son is stationed, Miller added.
Trump officials did not answer when asked whether Trump would continue taking business meetings during the transition period, or after he is inaugurated as president.
The New York Times reported Sunday that Indian developers met with the president-elect and his family last week while Trump was assembling his cabinet.
Questions have also been raised about Trump’s daughter Ivanka — who will help run the family business while her father is president — attending a meeting between Trump and the prime minister of Japan.
Miller said the president-elect's lawyers were comfortable with all the meetings that Trump has been taking.
 
“All meetings that are taking place, counsel is comfortable with,” Miller said in the Monday morning conference call. “We’re comfortable with where everything is.”
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