Trump salutes his sup­port­ers in Florida, names bud­get di­rec­tor

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, in the lat­est stop of his vic­tory lap, told a mil­i­tary vet­eran-laden crowd in Florida that while he would build up the coun­try’s armed forces, he would use them spar­ingly as com­man­der-in-chief. “For too long, we’ve mov­ing from one reck­less in­ter­ven­tion to another, to coun­tries you’ve never heard of be­fore,” Trump said at a rally Fri­day night in Or­lando. “It’s crazy and it’s go­ing to stop.”

Trump still vowed to de­feat the Is­lamic State group, of­fer­ing no de­tails but promis­ing a for­eign pol­icy strat­egy that “means crush­ing ISIS rapidly.” Yes­ter­day, Trump will make the fi­nal stop on his “thank you” tour at a foot­ball sta­dium in Mo­bile, Alabama, re­vis­it­ing the site of the largest rally of his cam­paign. Then he will re­turn to Mar-a-Lago, his pala­tial Palm Beach es­tate. Aides said the pres­i­dent-elect would likely spend all of Christ­mas week there, tak­ing meet­ings and re­lax­ing with his fam­ily, and could stay at the coastal re­sort un­til New Year’s.

Trump on Fri­day also se­lected South Carolina Rep. Mick Mul­vaney, a bud­get hawk and con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­can, to be his bud­get di­rec­tor, ac­cord­ing to a tran­si­tion of­fi­cial not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly about the de­ci­sion be­fore it was an­nounced.

The stop in Or­lando was meant to salute Trump’s Elec­tion Day vic­tory in a must-win state for his up­start pres­i­den­tial bid. The Repub­li­can busi­ness­man, who owns mul­ti­ple prop­er­ties in Florida, calls it his “sec­ond home” and re­lent­lessly cam­paigned across it, suc­cess­fully turn­ing out white vot­ers from non-coastal ar­eas to best op­po­nent Hil­lary Clin­ton’s strength among mi­nor­ity vot­ers in the state’s large cities.

He was in vin­tage cam­paign form Fri­day, set­tling scores, be­lit­tling op­po­nents and even con­duct­ing a poll from the stage as to whether the crowd liked the phrase “Made in Amer­ica” or “Made in the USA” bet­ter. (“Made in the USA” won con­vinc­ingly.)

‘Lock her up’

The raucous crowd - which was dou­ble in size of the one in the same venue in late October - also acted as if the cam­paign was still on­go­ing, re­peat­edly chant­ing “Lock her up” about Trump’s former Demo­cratic foe Hil­lary Clin­ton. They also turned their scorn on the press pen, chant­ing “Move them back” when Trump bit­terly noted that the re­porters at the rally had bet­ter seats than most of the at­ten­dees.

Trump’s pick to head the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Bud­get helped found the House Free­dom Cau­cus, the group of con­ser­va­tive law­mak­ers who fre­quently bat­tled former House Speaker John Boehner. An early backer of Trump dur­ing the cam­paign, Mul­vaney took a hard line on fed­eral spend­ing un­der the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. A strong pro­po­nent of spend­ing cuts, Mul­vaney fought against rais­ing the na­tion’s debt limit and fre­quently ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to shut down the fed­eral govern­ment in­stead. Mul­vaney, as bud­get di­rec­tor, would be tasked with steer­ing Trump’s promised tax cut and in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment as well as work­ing to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act.

Though Trump will now set up camp at Mar-a-Lago, he has con­ducted most of his Cabi­net and White House in­ter­views from his of­fice in Trump Tower high above Man­hat­tan. Those in­ter­views, as well as meet­ings with his ad­vis­ers, con­tin­ued Fri­day morn­ing and in­cluded a sit-down with Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Jeh John­son, the only cur­rent mem­ber of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s Cabi­net to make the trip to the tower.

Also on Fri­day, Trump’s in­com­ing staff - Reince Priebus - had lunch at the White House with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s cur­rent chief of staff, De­nis McDonough. Other former chiefs of staff were also in­vited. Mean­while, three pro­test­ers who have sued Trump, claim­ing they were as­saulted last March at one of his cam­paign ral­lies, are ask­ing the pres­i­dent-elect to sit for a de­po­si­tion be­fore he takes of­fice next month. Trump’s at­tor­ney says he in­tends to “op­pose any ef­forts” to de­pose the pres­i­dent-elect.

— AP

OR­LANDO: Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump takes the stage with Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence dur­ing a rally on Fri­day night.

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