Trump team ‘not going to rush’ Cabinet picks
WASHINGTON (AP): SPOKESMAN for United States Presidentelect Donald Trump said the transition team is “not going to rush” to put forward potential Cabinet selections.
Jason Miller said yesterday that Trump’s team wants to
Afeel confident that their choices will be able to be confirmed by the Senate and can implement the presidentelect’s vision.
Miller told reporters at Trump Tower in New York City that President Barack Obama did not have “his entire Cabinet formed within the first week” after his election in 2008.
He said the transition team has a “very solid plan” and that they were taking a “methodical approach” to filling Trump’s Cabinet and White House.
Meanwhile, more than 300 US businesses have signed a Donald Trump
statement calling on Trump to support the Paris Agreement on climate change — including General Mills, eBay, Intel, Unilever, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies.
Their statement reads in part: Clouds hang over the banking district as pigeons fly by in Frankfurt, Germany, on a rainy Wednesday, yesterday. “implementing the Paris Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all.”
The statement is addressed to Trump, Obama and members of Congress. It calls on elected US officials to maintain the country’s policy and financial commitments to lower carbon emissions.
Lara Birkes, chief sustainability officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said: “the Paris Agreement was a vital step forward, but its power is in our collective action.” PARIS (AP): DONALD TRUMP’S election in the US has given a new boost to conservative leaders in what may be the next major populist battleground, France, where farright leader Marine Le Pen is convinced that her antiimmigration, anti-Islam views can lead her to the presidency in five months.
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy, running to get his job back, said that Trump’s election shows that politicians must listen to “the wrath of the people.
“Mr Trump wants to defend American interests? Fine, I want to defend French interests and those of Europe. What Americans allow themselves, why should we refuse that for France?” Sarkozy said in a rally in the southern city of Nice on Tuesday night.
Sarkozy is facing tough competition in his party’s two-round primary that starts Sunday. Polls have repeatedly placed him behind ex-Prime Minister Alain Juppe.
Another major contender, former Prime Minister François Fillon, is gaining popularity as he also presents himself as an alternative to Sarkozy.
CREDIT IN PUBLIC OPINION
Lucas Moulin, a 19-yearold supporter of Sarkozy who attended his Nice rally, told The Associated Press that Trump’s victory can give his preferred candidate “strength and credit in public opinion.
“He presents himself as an anti-system candidate, with an anti-elite speech, like Trump, who won,” Moulin said.
Sarkozy is campaigning on some of Le Pen’s favourite issues, including strong anti-immigration and security measures, in the hope to attract votes from the far-right.
All recent polls suggest that Le Pen could reach the final run of the two-round presidential election next year. The same polls also indicate that in the end, she would lose to any major contender from the right or from the left.