New cabinet choices fuel infighting
MAKING the vital choices for President-elect Donald Trump’s White House cabinet has sparked intense infighting, CNN reported, with one source calling it a “knife fight”.
The jobs to be filled include national security positions and West Wing posts, the television news network said, as Mr Trump gathered with his transition team members in New York.
“The disagreements highlight the dilemma faced by Trump, who is now torn between a campaign promise to shake up Washington and the need to build a national security team with policy experience,” the report said.
Among those mentioned as possible secretary of state are hawkish former diplomat John Bolton and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Retired General Michael Flynn “is a possible national security adviser pick, and Senator Jeff Sessions may be in the running for secretary of defense or attorney general”, CNN added in its report.
Mr Trump was due to meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence soon, officials said, fuelling speculation that cabinet and other major announcements are imminent. Mr Trump takes office in nine weeks. – HUNDREDS of students in several US states, including California and Maryland, walked out of classrooms to protest Donald Trump’s election as president.
Students in Los Angeles, some of them carrying signs that read “Rise Up” and “Together We Stand” as well as American and Mexican flags, marched peacefully to a plaza in Boyle Heights, a predominantly Hispanic neighbourhood.
Similar marches were organised in Portland, Oregon as well as in Silver Spring, Maryland, reflecting the emotions that are still running high one week after the billionaire businessman’s presidential win.
The protest in Los Angeles took place despite calls by school officials for students not to walk out of classes and to find other ways to express their anger at the election result.
In Maryland, local media showed hundreds of students from five high schools marching through the city of Silver Spring, some carrying signs that read “Not My President” and at times blocking traffic.
Bystanders shouted words of encouragement while some motorists honked their horn in approval.
They could be heard chanting “we reject the president-elect”.
Protesters have denounced Mr Trump’s often-inflammatory campaign rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims and women. –