Trump team ‘not go­ing to rush’ Cabi­net picks

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

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.

PHOTO BY AP/ MICHAEL PROBST

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