Trump to at­tend army-navy game, Pres­i­den­tial prepa­ra­tions go on

Pres­i­dent-elect caps off week of ‘Thank you’ tour

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW YORK: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump is par­tak­ing in one of the na­tion’s most sto­ried foot­ball ri­val­ries, salut­ing US troops at the an­nual Army-Navy game as he pre­pares to en­ter the White House. The fu­ture com­man­der-in-chief planned to at­tend the 117th game be­tween the mil­i­tary acad­e­mies at West Point and An­napo­lis, which is be­ing held on rel­a­tively neu­tral ground, at M&T Bank Sta­dium in Bal­ti­more, Mary­land.

Trump tweeted yes­ter­day morn­ing that he was go­ing to the game “as a show of sup­port for our Armed Forces.” The ap­pear­ance caps a week of rolling out Cab­i­net picks, hold­ing “thank you” ral­lies in North Carolina, Iowa and Michi­gan, and try­ing to ce­ment his in­com­ing Se­nate ma­jor­ity with Saturday’s runoff elec­tion in Louisiana. The in­com­ing pres­i­dent ap­peared jovial and re­laxed as he plunged back into elec­toral pol­i­tics on Fri­day, a full month af­ter he won the pres­i­dency. He held large-scale events in Louisiana and in Michi­gan, where he re­galed sup­port­ers in Grand Rapids by recit­ing his vic­to­ries in bat­tle­ground states.

Trump is the first Repub­li­can to win Michi­gan since Ge­orge HW Bush in 1988. He at­trib­uted his feat to fail­ures by Democrats. “They for­got about you peo­ple,” Trump said. “In four years they’re not go­ing to for­get. But it’s not go­ing to work be­cause you’re not go­ing to for­get.” Sev­eral pro­test­ers were re­moved from his rally at DeltaPlex Arena, prompt­ing the pres­i­den­t­elect to de­clare at one point, “Get ‘em out of here.” Trump in­tro­duced Betsy DeVos, his choice for ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary who hails from west Michi­gan, and an­nounced that An­drew Liveris, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of Dow Chem­i­cal, would lead his Amer­i­can Man­u­fac­tur­ing Coun­cil. Tak­ing the stage, Liveris said the com­pany would soon bring a new re­search-and­de­vel­op­ment cen­ter to Michi­gan.

GOP sup­port

In Ba­ton Rouge, Louisiana, Trump cam­paigned for Repub­li­can John Kennedy, the state trea­surer who faces off against Pub­lic Service Com­mis­sioner Foster Camp­bell, a Demo­crat, for the seat of re­tir­ing Repub­li­can Sen David Vit­ter. Nei­ther won a ma­jor­ity in the Novem­ber pri­mary. Polls found Kennedy with a com­fort­able lead in the runoff.

While can­di­date Trump was of­ten at odds with the es­tab­lish­ment wing of his party, GOP lead­ers have broadly sup­ported him as pres­i­dent-elect, and he’s try­ing to con­sol­i­date any lin­ger­ing fac­tions, most im­me­di­ately in Louisiana, where a Kennedy win would ce­ment the party’s four-vote ad­van­tage in the new Se­nate. In pri­vate, peo­ple close to Trump said he was ex­pected to name yet an­other Gold­man Sachs ex­ec­u­tive to his White House team. The pres­i­dent-elect’s Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil is to be led by Gary Cohn, pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of the Wall Street bank, which Trump re­peat­edly com­plained dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign would con­trol Hil­lary Clin­ton if she won. Ma­jor de­ci­sions re­main - most im­por­tantly Trump’s choice for sec­re­tary of state. The de­lib­er­a­tions have be­come a source of ten­sion within his tran­si­tion team, with chief of staff Reince Priebus said to be back­ing Mitt Rom­ney while other ad­vis­ers op­pose the idea of se­lect­ing the 2012 GOP nom­i­nee, given his fierce crit­i­cism of Trump dur­ing the cam­paign.

Trump an­nounced that Rudy Gi­u­liani, the for­mer New York mayor who was an early fa­vorite, was no longer un­der con­sid­er­a­tion. On a busy Fri­day, Trump also spoke by tele­phone with Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon, who broke with pro­to­col dur­ing the cam­paign to en­dorse Hil­lary Clin­ton and said after­ward she would not main­tain “a diplo­matic si­lence in the face of at­ti­tudes of racism, sex­ism, misog­yny or in­tol­er­ance of any kind.” Stur­geon’s of­fice said she used Fri­day’s call to em­pha­size the “val­ues Scot­land and the United States share.” Trump’s tran­si­tion team de­scribed the con­ver­sa­tion as a “short con­grat­u­la­tory call.”

GRAND RAPIDS: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump smiles as he lis­tens to his pick for Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Betsy DeVos speak dur­ing a rally at DeltaPlex Arena. — AP

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