Gore meets with Trump and Ivanka to discuss climate change at Trump Tower. Ivanka reportedly wants to make climate change her signature issue. Gore:
I had a lengthy and very productive session with the President-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground. I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the President-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I’m just going to leave it at that.
Trump appoints Carson as Secretary for the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Trump:
I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities. We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.
I am honored to accept the opportunity to serve our country in the Trump administration. I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need. We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.
Trump tweets that China did not ask for permission when it devalued its currency, taxed US products, or built a military complex in the South China sea.
Trump comments on the Green Party dropping the Pennsylvania recount, and says Stein used the recounts as a way to get money.
Conway says that if the race had been for the popular vote, the Trump campaign would have won that as well.
The idea that we’re going to talk about the popular vote answers your questions about sore losers. The idea that Donald Trump doesn’t have a mandate after he got 100 more electoral votes than Mitt Romney did, he got 306, it wasn’t close. He won states that had not gone Republican in decades. Had this been a race for the popular vote, we would have won that, too. Mr. Trump would have campaigned in California, in New York, stayed in Florida, gone to Illinois perhaps. These population rich states. We did what you are supposed to do to become president…The idea he doesn’t have a mandate when they lost the White House, 60 seats in the house, over a dozen Senate seats, over a dozen governorships and over 1,000 state legislative seats, this is Democratic Party is having an identity crisis and a circular firing squad. What I heard is, it’s Bernie Sander’s fault, James Comey’s fault anybody but Hillary Clinton’s fault.
In a series of Tweets, Trump warns companies that they will face new taxes if they leave the USA.
The U.S. is going to substantialy reduce taxes and regulations on businesses, but any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and then thinks it will sell its product back into the U.S. without retribution or consequence, is WRONG! There will be a tax on our soon to be strong border of 35% for these companies ..wanting to sell their product, cars, A.C. units etc., back across the border. This tax will make leaving financially difficult, but these companies are able to move between all 50 states, with no tax or tariff being charged. Please be forewarned prior to making a very expensive mistake! THE UNITED STATES IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Trump criticizes Saturday Night Live, and Baldwin’s impression of him.
Trump’s team say he has spoken directly with Taiwan’s President Tsai – breaking with US policy set in 1979 when formal relations were cut. The president-elect congratulated Tsai on her recent election win. They also noted the “close economic, political, and security ties” between the US and Taiwan.
In a teaser for an upcoming 60 Minutes interview, Ryan tells Pelley his relationship with Trump is good, and that they speak on the phone nearly every day. On whether he thought Trump would be nominated:
I didn’t see this one coming. He knows that. Donald Trump’s a very – he was a very unconventional candidate. He’s going to be an unconventional president. What I like about it, in my, like I said, almost daily conversations, is he’s just a get-things-done kinda guy.
On the separation of powers.
We’ve talked about that extensively. We’ve talked about – the Constitution, Article I on the Constitution, the separation of powers. He feels very strongly, actually, that – that, under President Obama’s watch, he stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the Legislative Branch of government. And we want to reset the balance of power, so that people and the Constitution are rightfully restored.
Trump gives his first public speech since winning the election at a rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of his Thank You Tour.
A source in Trump’s transition team says Trump has appointed Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Mattis joins a Trump national security team that already includes retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser and Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director. The official announcement is expected early next week. Mattis will need a waiver from Congress in order to be confirmed, as a legal statute bars service members from quickly entering civilian positions.
Trump gives a speech at the Carrier plant. He is introduced by Pence:
He said that if he was elected, America would start winning again, and today America won, and we have Donald Trump to thank. And I have a feeling, working beside this extraordinary man, this is the beginning of a lot more good news all across America.
Mike has been such a good decision for me… NAFTA is a total and complete disaster…it’s a one-lane highway into Mexico. Nothing coming our way, everything going their way…I just want to let all of the other companies know that we’re going to be great for business. There’s no reason for them to leave any more. Your taxes are going to be at the low end, and your unnecessary regulations will be gone…They’re not going to be announcing that they’re closing up and moving to Mexico.
Trump announces that he will be leaving his business to avoid any perception of conflict of interest.
I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! While I am not mandated to do this under the law, I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses. Hence, legal documents are being crafted which take me completely out of business operations. The Presidency is a far more important task!
Romney addresses the press after his dinner with Trump and Reince Priebus.
We had a discussion about affairs throughout the world. These discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, interesting, and engaging. I’ve enjoyed them very much..I was also very impressed by the remarks he made on his victory night. By the way, it’s not easy to win. I know that myself. He did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing. he won the general election. And he continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together. His vision is something that connects with the American people in a very powerful way…The people he has selected for his cabinet are solid, very effective people…I happen to think that America’s best days are ahead of us…and what I’ve seen with these discussions with President-elect Trump, give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future.
Trump selects Mnuchin as his treasury secretary. The treasury secretary is responsible for sanctions, including those for Cuba, Iran, Russia, Ukraine and Syria.
Carrier announces that the company has reached a deal with Trump and Pence and that 1000 jobs out of 2000 will be kept in Indiana. Trump and Pence will visit the plant on Dec 1 to make an announcement.
Trump’s transition team announces that the president-elect will go on a “Thank You Tour” starting in Ohio, with a rally at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati on December 1. Trump’s advance planning team say the tour is about giving thanks to those voters who helped Trump on his way to his Electoral College victory:
[President-elect Trump] will be traveling obviously to the states that we won and the swing states we flipped over.
Trump’s transition team says it plans to name Chao as his Transportation secretary. Please come back to this story for updates.
Trump says people who burn the flag should be jaileed or lose their citizenship.
Nearly three weeks after the election, Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers certifies Trump’s 10,704-vote victory. He wins the state’s 16 electoral votes, the first Republican presidential nominee to win the state since 1988. The two-tenths of a percentage point margin out of nearly 4.8 million votes is the closest presidential race in Michigan in more than 75 years. Trump’s win in Michigan gives him 306 electoral votes to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s 232.
Trump tweets that he may terminate President Obama’s deal with Cuba.
In a series of retweets Trump criticises CNN’s Zeleny’s stance on voter fraud.
After an hour-long meeting with Petraeus regarding the Secretary of State position, Trump tweets:
[President-elect Trump] basically walked us around the world [in our discussion.] He showed a great grasp of the variety of challenges that are out there and some of the opportunities as well.
Trump says he would have won the popular vote if the people who had voted illegally had been deducted. He also says that if he had to contest the election based on the popular vote, he would have been able to win by concentrating on the three or four largest states.
Hammill comments on Trump:
I’m in total denial. I’m glad I have [my new show ‘Pop Culture Quest,’] to take my mind off what’s going on. Because if you look at what’s being assembled for our government it’s like, yikes. It’s a who’s who of really despicable people…It’s tempting to say, ‘Well, I’m moving to Canada, I can’t stand it. But in other ways, it’s a challenge to stay and defend your country and do what you think is right and not retreat and hide under the covers. It’s not gonna be easy, that’s for sure.
Trump releases a statement on Stein’s recount in Wisconsin.
The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future.’ It is important to point out that with the help of millions of voters across the country, we won 306 electoral votes on Election Day – the most of any Republican since 1988 – and we carried nine of 13 battleground states, 30 of 50 states, and more than 2,600 counties nationwide – the most since President Ronald Reagan in 1984. This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than one percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount. All three states were won by large numbers of voters, especially Pennsylvania, which was won by more than 70,000 votes. This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.
Trump releases a full statement on the death of Castro:
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. Fidel Castro’s legacy is one of firing squads, theft, unimaginable suffering, poverty and the denial of fundamental human rights. While Cuba remains a totalitarian island, it is my hope that today marks a move away from the horrors endured for too long, and toward a future in which the wonderful Cuban people finally live in the freedom they so richly deserve.
Though the tragedies, deaths and pain caused by Fidel Castro cannot be erased, our administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty. I join the many Cuban Americans who supported me so greatly in the presidential campaign, including the Brigade 2506 Veterans Association that endorsed me, with the hope of one day soon seeing a free Cuba.
Trump tweets about Castro’s death.
Trump selects McFarland to be his deputy national security, working for retired Gen. Michael Flynn. Trump:
McFarland has [tremendous experience and innate talent.]
[Donald Trump] has the courage, brilliance and energy to Make America Great Again, and nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it. I’m honored and humbled that he has asked me to be part of his team.
A senior transition official says that Ross, a billionaire, is Trump’s pick for Commerce secretary. If chosen, Ross would oversee nearly 47,000 employees and a budget of roughly $8 billion. The department represents 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 pushing back against globalisation.
Trump says he is working on keeping Carrier Air Conditioning at its factory in Indiana. The company had planned to move operations to Mexico.
Two weeks after election day, The Michigan Secretary of State posts reviewed and certified results from the state’s 83 county clerks, showing that Trump wins Michigan by 10,704 votes. In a previous count Trump had led by 13,107 votes, with the biggest change coming from Wayne County, which showed that Hillary Clinton received 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county. With this final count Trump wins 306 electoral votes — including Michigan’s 16 — to 232 for Clinton.
Trump releases a message for Thanksgiving.
It is my prayer that on this Thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country strengthened by shared purpose and very, very common resolve.
Four days after meeting with Trump and Pence at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump appoints DeVos as Education secretary. Trump:
Betsy DeVos is a brilliant and passionate education advocate. Under her leadership we will reform the U.S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Romney is the candidate favoured by Trump for the position of Secretary of State. Giuliani supporters are pushing Trump to choose their candidate. A third group is pressing the president-elect to keep searching for candidates. The paper says Trump sees Romney as the prototypical choice to be the nation’s top diplomat.
Trump appoints Haley as United Nations Ambassador, despite her criticism of him during his election campaign. Haley had supported Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in the primary before saying last month she would vote for Trump despite reservations about his character. Transition team:
Governor Haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of background or party affiliation to move critical policies forward for the betterment of her state and our country. She is also a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing us on the world stage.
In a interview with New York Times reporters and senior management, Trump says that the paper has treated him poorly.
I have great respect for The New York Times. I have tremendous respect. I think I’ve been treated very rough.
He also says he does not want to investigate Hillary Clinton:
I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways. [A prosecution] Is just not something that I feel very strongly about. I don’t think [Clinton Supporters] will be disappointed [with my presidency]. I think I will explain it that we, in many ways, will save our country.
He says he will “keep an open mind” about whether to pull the United States out of agreements on climate change. Trump also disavows his supporters in the alt-right movement, says he would have preferred to have been elected through a victory in the popular vote and reaffirms his commitment to the First Amendment. He also says he has different ideas on how to solve the Syria crisis than other people.
Trump tweets that he is considering Carson as head of the Department of Housing & Urban Development.
After refusing to meet with the New York Times unless the meeting was off the record, Trump says that the meeting is back on. Trump spokesperson:
[Mr Trump] will meet with our publisher off-the-record and that session will be followed by an on-the-record meeting with our journalists and editorial columnists.
Conway says that Trump will not pursue charges against Clinton:
I think when the president-elect who’s also the head of your party … tells you before he’s even inaugurated he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone and content, to the members. Look, I think, he’s thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them. I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.
Trump gives a video update on his transition and his policy plans for the first 100 days.
My agenda will be based on a simple core principle: putting America first. Whether it’s producing steel, building cars, or curing disease, I want the next generation of production and innovation to happen right here, on our great homeland, America, creating wealth and jobs for American workers. As part of this plan I’ve asked my transition team team to develop a list of executive actions to restore our laws and bring back our jobs. On trade, I’m going to withdraw from Trans Pacific Partnership…On Energy, I will cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy including shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs. That’s what we want. That’s what we’ve been waiting for. On regulation, I will formulate a rule that says for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be eliminated. On national security I will ask the Department of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop a comprehensive plan to protect America’s vital infrastructure from cyber attacks, and all other form of attack. On immigration I will direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker. On ethics reform, as part of our plan to drain the swamp, we will impose a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists, after they leave the administration. And a lifetime ban on executive officials lobbying for a foreign government. These are just a few of the steps we will take to reform Washington and rebuild our middle class. As we work together to make America great again for everyone. And I mean everyone.
After meeting with Trump, Johnson says fellow African-Americans should give Trump “the benefit of the doubt,” and hope common ground can be reached with the incoming Republican administration about issues facing the black community.
Trump is a business guy, and I think he’s going to tilt towards finding [a] way to use fiscal policy … to move the economy forward. Let’s give him a shot. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt; see if we can find common ground. That’s what’s best for African-Americans. Black Americans should have no permanent friends, and no permanent enemies, just permanent interests. That’s where African-American voters should be
Johnson also says he does not want to work for the government.
In a meeting organised by Conway, Trump meets executives and on-air anchors from CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC and CBS, the five largest television networks in the United States, for an off-the-record discussion. ABC News is represented by president Goldston and anchors Stephanopoulos, Muir, and Raddatz; NBC by anchors Holt and Todd, along with president Turness; CBS by Rose, King, O’Donnell and Dickerson; CNN by president Zucker, with anchors Blitzer and Burnett; Fox News by several executives including co-presidents Shine and Abernathy; and MSNBC by president Griffin. Transition officials wouldn’t discuss the purpose for the meeting. Sources:
It was like a f-cking firing squad. Trump started with [CNN chief] Jeff Zucker and said ‘I hate your network, everyone at CNN is a liar and you should be ashamed. The meeting was a total disaster. The TV execs and anchors went in there thinking they would be discussing the access they would get to the Trump administration, but instead they got a Trump-style dressing down…Trump didn’t say [NBC reporter] Katy Tur by name, but talked about an NBC female correspondent who got it wrong, then he referred to a horrible network correspondent who cried when Hillary lost who hosted a debate – which was Martha Raddatz who was also in the room.
Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks. Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days.
Congresswoman Gabbard meets with Trump and Pence, one of the first Democrats to meet with the President-elect. However a Trump spokesman says it is “premature” to discuss her potential role in the Trump administration. Both Trump and Gabbard oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Stephen Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, reportedly likes Gabbard because of her stance on guns, refugees and Islamic extremism along with her ability to invoke strong anti-establishment populist sentiment on the left. Gabbard:
President-elect Trump asked me to meet with him about our current policies regarding Syria, our fight against terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], as well as other foreign policy challenges we face. I felt it important to take the opportunity to meet with the President-elect now before the drumbeats of war that neocons have been beating drag us into an escalation of the war to overthrow the Syrian government—a war which has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives and forced millions of refugees to flee their homes in search of safety for themselves and their families.
She says she will not hesitate to express any disagreement with Trump, but believes they can come together on some issues.
Sources say Bolling has discussed the possibility of taking a position in Trump’s administration in the Department of Commerce. Bolling was spotted at Trump Tower in New York City on Wednesday by the press pool and may have visited again on Friday. Bolling:
At this time I can’t confirm anything. I’m sure you understand.
Trump says he has met with Mattis in consideration for Secretary of Defense. Transition team:
The President-elect and Vice President-elect were very impressed in their meeting with the ‘real deal’ and American hero General James Mattis,” according to a read-out of Trump’s meeting with Mattis provided by the presidential transition team. “They had an incredibly in-depth conversation on plans for national security.
A UK government source confirms that Trump will visit the UK in June or July 2017 and will meet with the Queen at dine with her at Windsor Castle. Trump is already expecting the invitation and discussed his excitement at the prospect of visiting the Queen when he met Farage and other Brexit backers at his New York apartment last Saturday. One of that group said:
He’s looking forward to it. He’s a massive Anglophile. He was really, really keen. His late mother, Mary, loved the Queen. He said, ‘I’m going to meet her, too. I can’t wait to come over to England. My mum would be chuffed to bits when I meet the Queen.’
Trump told Theresa May when they had their first official phone call 10 days ago that his mother, a Scot, had been a big fan of the Queen, and asked the prime minister to pass on his best wishes to the monarch. UK Cabinet source:
The Queen is the key here. She’s not a secret weapon, she’s the biggest public weapon you have. Nigel Farage can’t get [Trump] in front of the Queen.
Trump and Romney meet at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ. Romney shakes hands with the president-elect as he greets him at the door of the clubhouse:
Mr. president-elect how are you sir?
Trump gave the same response as both grip each other’s arms. Romney then shakes hands with Vice President-elect Pence and pats him on the back as the threesome walk into the clubhouse together. said that he and Trump exchanged views and that he looks forward to the new administration:
[We had a] very thorough and in-depth discussion [regarding] the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance.
It went great.
After Pence is called out from the stage by the cast of Hamilton, Trump tweets his support and asks for an apology;
The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!
Trump agrees to settle three cases relating to Trump University for $25 million. The cases were brought by former students who paid $35,000 for real estate “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors. Trump will not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. Schneiderman
Today’s $25 million [£20m] settlement agreement is a stunning reversal by Donald Trump and a major victory for the over 6,000 victims of his fraudulent university. The victims of Trump University have waited years for today’s result and I am pleased that their patience – and persistence – will be rewarded by this $25 million settlement.