New cabi­net choices fuel in­fight­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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