An official serving with Trump’s transition team says Huckabee will be appointed as America’s ambassador to Israel. The official also says, his first order of business will be to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Official:
That’s going to happen. Governor Huckabee is going to see it through.
However, Huckabee denies the appointment:
At his Saint Pablo Tour show in San Jose, West, as part of a 40 minute speech, says he would have voted for Trump, if he had voted. The crowd responds with boos, stunned silence. Some fans throw projectiles, including a Yeezy shoe, which West signs and returns to the thrower. West also reiterates his desire to run for president in 2020, saying his focus would be on education and that his campaign would use a different political model.
I would have voted on Trump. This is my platform and I’m going to talk about the paradigm shift that’s happening right now. Whether you voted for Hillary or Trump, this is a safe space for both of you…People who voted for either side come out to the show, I know media is more liberal, what I’m saying is I’m not judging Trump voters…There are Hillary supporters that may be louder, but MY fact is that there are people who who voted for Trump here at the show…The dumbest thing about politics is that politics separate, not one side or the other side is bad, it’s not Democratic or Republican…Stop focusing on racism. We are in a racist country – period.
Trump’s transition officials say that Sessions has been appointed to be Attorney General. No official statement has come from Trump at this time. Transition official:
Until Donald Trump says it, it’s not official.
Trump officials say Pompeo has been offered and has accepted the job of CIA director.
Trump says that Bill Ford has told him that the company will not move their Lincoln plant to Mexico
Trump and Japanese PM Abe meet at Trump Tower. Abe:
As an outcome of today’s discussion I am convinced Mr. Trump is a leader with whom I can have great confidence in…I conveyed my basic views on various issues to Mr. Trump but with regard to more of the specifics or details, because of the fact that Mr. Trump has not assumed the office as the president of the United States or today’s discussion was an unofficial discussion, I’d like to refrain from touching on details.
It was a pleasure to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stop by my home and begin a great friendship.
A senior official offers says Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Flynn the job of national security adviser. The official wouldn’t say whether Flynn has officially accepted the job.
Gingrich says he will not serve in the Trump administration in any official role. He dies not say whether the decision not to be in the new government was his or Trump’s. The Trump transition team has commented. Serving as a private citizen, Gingrich says he could engage the executive and legislative branches and the Republican Party.
I will not be in the Cabinet. I intend to be focused on strategic planning.
At a Texas women’s’ conference, Clooney talks about president-elect Trump.
We have to hope for the best. The president-elect has said that fighting ISIS is actually a priority … so it may be that there can be progress, and obviously everyone has to respect the outcome of the democratic process here, and we have to hope for the best. [However, Trump’s comments] that there should be a religious test imposed on entering the U.S. or the fact that there should be state-sponsored torture or that families of suspected terrorists should all be killed — all of those things are violations of international human rights law and the values that underlie that…I think there’s some concern from abroad as to are these things actually going to happen, or is the U.S. going to lose some of the moral standing that it has internationally.
She also talks about women’s rights:
The worst thing that we can do as women is not stand up for each other, and this is something we can practice every day, no matter where we are and what we do — women sticking up for other women, choosing to protect and celebrate each other instead of competing or criticizing one another.
Hilton says she voted for Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.
I’ve known him since I was a little girl, so yes.
A source says Romney will meet with Trump this weekend to discuss the secretary of state position. No further details have been released at this time.
The Secret Service tells Trump they have security concerns with him attending UFC 205. His son, Donald Trump Jr. attends in his place. White:
Having met President Barack Obama on Thursday, and amidst protests at his election, Trump may swerve the engagement. He’s been a friend of mine for 15, 16 years. I’m happy for him.
White says Trump told him he would attend UFC 205 if he won the election.
Donald originally told me he that would come to the fight, if he won. I don’t think Donald really realised what his duties were going to be had he won. I think he’s meeting with Obama today and then I don’t know. We’ll see, man. Listen, no pressure to come … but it wouldn’t suck if he came.
He also says the family contacted him after the win.
His family reached out to me that night. I was in my hotel room, you know, watching the results, and they had, they had me come down to the (victory) party. So i went to the party, that night and, they’ve been very good to me, so good luck to him.
McGregor talks about Trump.
Cerrone talks about meeting Trump at one of his rallies.
I was out hunting and Tim Kennedy called and said the Secret Service called and said ‘Trump wants to meet us, I need to clear you on a background check’, and I said ‘oh f-ck’..So we went down to the rally and got to bullshit with him…[Backstage] was crazy wild. It was cool just talking to Trump. He was talking about the UFC…It was cool to listen to his points. He’s not just like a racist bigot, y’know…I understand that’s what your aunt’s telling you when she’s drinking wine on a Saturday night, but that’s no really what’s happening. We have two options. Do we go with the indicted girl who’s full of shit, or do we go for the wild Conor McGregor Trump? For all those people out there listening – go vote!..I wish they could teach politics in school more, and gets kids more involved ‘cos it’s our generation that needs to take on things and get involved. I voted for Trump and I voted for pot. I really wanted to check out his toupee. But y’know [Trump] is trying to bring money to the middle class, which most of the guys that fight for the UFC and support the UFC. Trying to bring the tax bracket down to 15% for these guys.
Trump criticizes Obama for her support of Clinton, drawing attention to comments she made in 2008 that were critical of Clinton.
I see how much [Michelle Obama] likes Hillary. But wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, ‘If you can’t take care of your home,’ right? ‘You can’t take care of the White House or the country?’ Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that.
The Obama campaign says the line, “If you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House,” was not directed at the Clintons and instead referred to their own struggle with parenting during a campaign.
The final U.S. presidential debate is reported to have been seen by 76.1 million people, not including those who streamed the debate online. This figure is less than that of the first debate, but still the third highest in debate-watching history. Their September meeting attracted an audience of 84 million, but still the largest in the history of US presidential debates. The second debate was seen by 66.5 million people in the US, according to Nielsen.
Limbaugh claims that the American media has been attempting to force Donald Trump to concede defeat to Hillary Clinton.
They wanted Donald Trump to concede defeat just like they wanted the Republicans to take impeachment off the table, which they did, last night, everybody wanted Trump to admit that he had lost the election last night.
Mercer and his daughter Rebekah say they will continue to support the candidate.
If Mr. Trump had told Billy Bush, whoever that is, earlier this year that he was for open borders, open trade, and executive actions in pursuit of gun control, we would certainly be rethinking our support for him. If he had admitted to Mr. Bush that he had profited privately by allowing the sale to Russia of 20% of US uranium deposits or that he had amassed his personal fortune not by hard work in the private sector but by selling favors to foreigners on the American taxpayers’ dime, we would certainly be rethinking our support for him. If he had argued that he needed both a public and a private position on issues facing the American public, we would certainly be rethinking our support for him. And finally if Trump had serially terrorized and silenced the victims of violent sexual assault whom he feared could damage his political career, we would most definitely be rethinking our support for him…Can anyone really be surprised that Mr. Trump could have said to Mr. Bush such things as he has already admitted saying? No. We are completely indifferent to Mr. Trump’s locker room braggadocio…We have a country to save and there is only one person who can save it. We, and Americans across the country and around the world, stand steadfastly behind Donald J. Trump
Manafort resigns as Trump’s campaign chairman, two months after taking the helm. Trump confirms his departure in a statement.
This morning Paul Manafort offered, and I accepted, his resignation from the campaign. I am very appreciative for his great work in helping to get us where we are today, and in particular his work guiding us through the delegate and convention process.
At a $10,000-a-head fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama says he is tired of talking about Trump.
You notice I haven’t said much about her opponent. Frankly, I’m tired of talking about her opponent. I don’t have to make the case against her opponent because every time he talks he makes the case against his own candidacy…This has been an unpredictable election season. Not only because of anxieties and concerns that the American people have, but also because of the changing nature of the media and voting patterns. There’s still a lot of uncertainty out there. And if we are not running scared until the day after the election, we are going to be making a grave mistake.
Trump sends out a series of tweets saying he is running against the media.
At a rally in Vandalia, OH, a protester grabs Trump’s leg, resulting in several Secret Service members rushing the stage.
Thank you for the warning. I was ready for ‘em, but it’s much better if the cops do it, don’t we agree?
At a rally in Vandalia, OH, Trump says that the protests in Chicago were a “planned attack”.
All of a sudden a planned attack, just came out of nowhere. It was printed by people who were professional protestors. A disgrace if you want to know the truth…The people that came there, that were invited there, thousands and thousands of people. They caused no problem. They were taunted, they were harassed. These other people…by the way, some represented Bernie, our communist friend. Now really, Bernie should tell his people…There weren’t too many Hillary people there. You know why? In all fairness to Bernie, the reason there weren’t any Hillary people is they have no fervour Say what you want about Bernie, but at least they have a little bit of fervour. So he should really get up and say to his people to “stop, stop”. Not me, they said “Mr Trump should get up this morning and tell his people to be nice”. My people are nice. My people are great.
Trump cancels a rally that was to be held in the Chicago Arena, amid fights between supporters and demonstrators, protests in the streets and concerns that the environment at the event was no longer safe. Hundreds of demonstrators get into at least five sections in the arena the arena, breaking out into protest before Trump shows up. were filled with protesters. Campaign statement:
Mr. Trump just arrived in Chicago and after meeting with law enforcement has determined that for the safety of all of the tens of thousands of people that have gathered in and around the arena, tonight’s rally will be postponed to another date. Thank you very much for your attendance and please go in peace.
The audience shout “We want Trump!”
Trump says the protests aren’t directed at him or his campaign, but rather was a manifestation of the public’s deep frustration with economic conditions in the country.
Our businesses are being taken away from us, our businesses are being moved out of the country. This is a demonstration against economic conditions on both sides.
During a joint appearance at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club resort Palm Beach, Florida, Carson formally endorses the GOP frontrunner.
We buried the hatchet. That was political stuff…I have found in talking with him, that there’s a lot more alignment, philosophically and spiritually, than I ever thought that there was.
Trump says Carson has not asked for any formal role, and praises his former rival’s ideas on education.
Ben’s going to have a big, big part.
Carson says he will endorse Trump on Fri 11 March. In an interview with Fox Radio:
Well, you know there are two Donald Trumps. There’s the Donald Trump that you see on television and who gets out in front of big audiences, and there’s the Donald Trump behind the scenes. They’re not the same person. One’s very much an entertainer, and one is actually a thinking individual.
In an interview with Breitbart News, Voight says he endorses Trump for president.
I, Jon Voight, can say, without hesitation, that Donald is funny, playful, and colorful, but most of all, he is honest. When he decided to run for president, I know he did it with a true conviction to bring this country back to prosperity. He is the only one who can do it. No frills, no fuss, only candid truths. There are many Republicans fighting to keep him from winning the Republican nomination. You know why? Because he has no bull to sell, and everyone will discover the bull most politicians spew out is for their own causes and benefits. They never dreamed they would be losing control.
I am very disappointed at the talk show hosts, also spewing out lies and propaganda against Donald. Why, I wonder? The only thing I can think of is he represents a form of freedom none of them ever saw before, and they are bewildered about it, and frightened about it. I pray all Americans who have seen and felt the meltdown of America with the Obama years, to please fight for Donald Trump. He will not let us down. I pray for all good people to see clearly what faces us now. The right vote will save our nation.
Trump responds to Romney’s speech at an event in Portland, Maine.
That was a race that should have been won…Mitt is a failed candidate…He failed horribly…You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement… I could have said Mitt, drop to your knees, he would have dropped to his knees…Mitt is indeed a choke artist. He choked like I’ve never seen anyone choke. Other than Rubio.
Speaking at the Hinckley Institute at the University of Utah, Romney calls Trump “phony” and a “fraud” whose “third-grade theatrics” threaten the future of the Republican party.
I’m not here to announce my candidacy for office, and I’m not here to endorse a candidate today. I believe with all my heart and soul that we face another time for choosing, one that will have profound consequences for the Republican Party. [If we nominate Trump] the prospect for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished. [If he is elected] the country would sink into prolonged recession…Whatever happened to Trump Airlines? How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine, and Trump Vodka, and Trump Steaks! Successfully bringing jobs home requires serious policies and reforms… you can’t punish business into doing what you want.
Trump wins the Republican “Super Tuesday” primaries in Alabama (43%), Arkansas (33%), Georgia (39%), Massachusetts (49%), Tennessee, (39%), Vermont (33%), and Virginia (35%). Ted Cruz wins Alaska (36%, Trump 34%), Oklahoma (34%, Trump 28%), and Texas (44%, Trump 27%). Marco Rubio wins Minnesota (37%, Trump 21%). Speaking in Palm Beach, Florida, where his is flanked by Chris Christie, Trump congratulates Cruz and comments on Hillary Clinton’s wins.
The Democrats … they don’t have any energy. Their numbers are down. Our numbers are through the roof…I think if somebody is doing as well as I’m doing … I think it’s awfully hard to say that’s not the person we want to lead the party, right?..I don’t know that [Hillary’s] going to be allowed to run…We either have a country or we don’t. We have borders or we don’t have borders.
Trump wins the Nevada GOP primary with 45.9% of the vote. Marco Rubio comes second with 23.9%, followed by Ted Cruz with 21.4%. Trump:
We’re winning, winning, winning the country, and soon the country is going to start winning, winning, winning.
A Vatican spokesperson tells Vatican Radio that Pope Francis’ suggestion that Trump was ‘not Christian’ because of his views on immigration was not a personal attack on the candidate, and that the comments were simply an affirmation of Francis’ longstanding belief that migrants should be helped and welcomed rather than shut off behind walls.
This wasn’t in any way a personal attack, nor an indication of who to vote for. The Pope has clearly said he didn’t want to get involved in the electoral campaign in the US, and also said that he said what he said on the basis of what he was told [about Trump], hence giving him the benefit of the doubt. The Pope said what we already know, if we followed his teaching and positions: We shouldn’t build walls, but bridges.’ He has always said that, continuously. He also said that in relation to migration in Europe many times. So this is not a specific issue, limited to this particular case. It’s his generic view, coherent with the nature of solidarity from the Gospel.
In an interview with CNN’s Cooper, Trump says the Pope’s comments were probably overblown by the media.
I didn’t think it was a good thing for him to say, frankly. I don’t like fighting with the Pope. I don’t think this is a fight…I think it was probably a little bit nicer statement than was reported by you folks in the media. Because after I read it, it was a little bit softer…I think that he heard one side of the story, which is probably by the Mexican government…But the bottom line is we’ve got to have a border, we’ve got to have security. We have tremendous illegal immigration in the country. He also talked about [how] having a wall is not Christian. And he’s got an awfully big wall at the Vatican, I will tell you.
Trump responds to the Pope’s comments.
If and when the Vatican is attacked by ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS’s ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the Pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been President because this would not have happened. ISIS would have been eradicated unlike what is happening now with our all talk, no action politicians.
The Mexican government and its leadership has made many disparaging remarks about me to the Pope, because they want to continue to rip off the United States, both on trade and at the border, and they understand I am totally wise to them. The Pope only heard one side of the story – he didn’t see the crime, the drug trafficking and the negative economic impact the current policies have on the United States. He doesn’t see how Mexican leadership is outsmarting President Obama and our leadership in every aspect of negotiation.
For a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as President I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened, unlike what is happening now, with our current President. No leader, especially a religious leader, should have the right to question another man’s religion or faith. They are using the Pope as a pawn and they should be ashamed of themselves for doing so, especially when so many lives are involved and when illegal immigration is so rampant.
At the end of his six-day visit to Mexico, Pope Francis is asked about Trump’s plan to build a border wall with Mexico.
A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not of building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel…I say only that this man is not Christian if he has said things like that. We must see if he said things in that way and I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
In Beaufort, SC, Trump responds to President Obama’s comments saying he will never be president.
He has done such a lousy job as president. You look at our budgets. You look at our spending. We can’t beat ISIS. Obamacare is terrible. We’re going to terminate it. We’re going to absolutely terminate and replace it. I mean you look at everything. Our borders are like Swiss cheese….You’re lucky I didn’t run last time when Romney ran because you would have been a one-term president.
At a press conference during a summit with Southeast Asian leaders in California, President Obama says that he believes Trump will not be president.
I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president. And the reason is that I have a lot of faith in the American people. Being president is a serious job. It’s not hosting a talk show, or a reality show…The presidency isn’t “a matter of pandering and doing whatever will get you in the news on a given day. And sometimes, it requires you making hard decisions even when people don’t like it…Whoever’s standing where I’m standing right now has the nuclear codes with them, and can order 21-year-olds into a firefight, and (has) to make sure that the banking system doesn’t collapse, and is often responsible for not just the United States of America, but 20 other countries that are having big problems, or are falling apart and are gonna be looking for us to something…The American people are pretty sensible, and I think they’ll make a sensible choice in the end.
Trump pays tribute to Scalia:
I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the Scalia family after the passing of Justice Scalia. Justice Scalia was a remarkable person and a brilliant Supreme Court Justice, one of the best of all time. His career was defined by his reverence for the Constitution and his legacy of protecting Americans’ most cherished freedoms. He was a Justice who did not believe in legislating from the bench and he is a person whom I held in the highest regard and will always greatly respect his intelligence and conviction to uphold the Constitution of our country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.
Trump and Univision reach a settlement litigation that was initiated after the network decided not to air Trump’s Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants. Terms are not disclosed. Trump:
I have known Univision’s President and CEO, Randy Falco, for more than 20 years and I’m glad we are able to put these differences behind us.
I have known Donald Trump for many years in both a personal and professional capacity and we are pleased to settle this matter and move forward.
Trump wins the New Hampshire primary with 35.3% of the vote. John Kasich is second with 15.8, follwoed by Ted Cruz (11.7%), Jeb Bush (11%), and Marco Rubio (10.6%). On the democratic side, Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton. Trump:
Congratulations to Bernie. We have to congratulate him, we may not like it. He wants to give away our country, folks. We’re not going to let it happen.
Trump cancels a New Hampshire town hall due to a snowstorm.
Trump accuses Cruz of stealing his Iowa results, and calls for a new vote, or the results to be nullified.
Cruz campaign responds:
Reality hit the reality TV star in Iowa, so nobody is talking about him now, so he’s trying to regain some attention on Twitter. There are Twitter addiction support groups, so he should seek out his local chapter.
Trump comes second in the Iowa Republican primary, with 28% of the vote, compared to Ted Cruz, who gained 28%. Marco Rubio took 23% of the vote. Trump:
We finished second, and I want to tell you something…I’m just honored. I’m really honored. I want to congratulate Ted and I want to congratulate all of the incredible candidates including Mike Huckabee, who’s become a really good friend of mine. Congratulations to everybody…We will go on to get the Republican nomination, and we will go on to beat Hillary or Bernie or whoever the hell they throw up there.
Palin responds to the accusation that she was bought off by Trump for her endorsement:
Why would a good conservative guy like Steve King, from the heartland of America, want to say something that he knows isn’t true?
Maybe he’s forgotten some of his heart in the heartland. He got a touch of that Potomac fever there in DC. Maybe he’s been out in a cornfield too long huffing ethanol or something.
At a rally in Reno, NV, Trump says the NFL, like America, has gone soft, changing the way the game is played, and changing the way America is respected.
Now they tackle. ‘Oh, head-on-head collision, 15 yards.’ The whole game is all screwed up. You say, ‘Wow, what a tackle.’ Bing. Flag. Football has become soft. Football has become soft. Now, I’ll be criticized for that. They’ll say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible.’ But football has become soft like our country has become soft.
Trump threatens to withdraw his financial investments in Scotland if he is barred from entering the United Kingdom, as a petition signed by over half a million people has asked. Spokesperson:
Any action to restrict travel would force the Trump Organisation to immediately end these and all future investments we are currently contemplating in the United Kingdom. Westminster would create a dangerous precedent and send a terrible message to the world that the United Kingdom opposes free speech and has no interest in attracting inward investment. [The move would alienate US citizens who] wholeheartedly support Mr Trump. Many people now agree with Mr Trump that there is a serious problem that must be resolved. This can only be achieved if we are willing discuss these tough issues openly and honestly.
The UK government has signaled that it will not bar Trump, regardless of the petition.
Trump holds a rally in Burlington, VT. Protesters disrupt the rally even after being screened.
We have more than 20,000 people that showed up for 1,400 spots. I’m taking care of my people, not people who don’t want to vote for me or are undecided.
Trump releases his first TV ads. He says he will spend at least $2 million a week. The ads outline his policy proposals. He says he has six to eight ads in production and that his was a “major buy and it’s going to go on for months.” He said he hopes the spots impress upon undecided voters that the country has become “a dumping ground.”
The world is laughing at us, at our stupidity,” he said. “It’s got to stop. We’ve got to get smart fast — or else we won’t have a country…I’m $35 million to $40 million under budget, and to be honest, I don’t think I need [ads] because I have such a big lead. But I don’t want to take any chances, and I almost feel guilty not spending money.
On the style of the ads:
You can say the same words, ‘Make America Great Again,’ and various themes around it, but it’s doesn’t sound the same as it is when I’m up there on stage in front of 15,000 people going wild.
At a rally in Biloxi. MI, Trump talks about the Iran Nuclear Deal, and wonders aloud why the deal did not include the release of prisoners.
It’s almost like there has to be something else going on. I don’t think there is, I just don’t think they’re competent…Who would make that deal?..[Iran would have refused, then you] you double and triple up your sanctions…[The prisoners] will be out before I take office…I can’t believe they didn’t walk from that negotiation…People want, not that phony Obama change. People want strength, they want competence.