Tip for top Trump job

Pol­i­tics: New ad­min­is­tra­tion mak­ing good progress, he claims

The Press and Journal (Highlands & Islands) - - Front Page - BY KEN THOMAS

A former Aberdeen Univer­sity stu­dent is tipped to be­come Don­ald Trump’s am­bas­sador to the EU.

Theodore Roo­sevelt Mal­loch, known as Ted, is re­port­edly Pres­i­dent Trump’s pre­ferred choice for the high-pow­ered role.

Don­ald Trump has mounted a vig­or­ous de­fence of his pres­i­dency and ac­cused Amer­ica’s news me­dia of be­ing “out of con­trol”.

At a White House news con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, he vowed to by­pass the me­dia and take his mes­sage “straight to the peo­ple”.

Nearly a month into his pres­i­dency, Mr Trump said his new ad­min­is­tra­tion had made “sig­nif­i­cant progress” – and took credit for an op­ti­mistic busi­ness cli­mate and a ris­ing stock mar­ket.

He pushed back against wide­spread re­ports of a chaotic start to his ad­min­is­tra­tion marked by a con­tentious ex­ec­u­tive or­der – now tied up in a le­gal fight – to place a ban on trav­ellers from seven pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim na­tions.

“This ad­min­is­tra­tion is run­ning like a fine-tuned ma­chine,” Mr Trump de­clared, adding he would soon an­nounce a “new and very com­pre­hen­sive or­der to pro­tect our peo­ple”.

Mean­while, the pres­i­dent an­nounced that Alexan­der Acosta, dean of the Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity law school, would be his nom­i­nee for labour sec­re­tary. That came a day after fast-food ex­ec­u­tive Andrew Puzder with­drew after los­ing sup­port among Repub­li­can se­na­tors. If con­firmed, Mr Acosta would be the first His­panic mem­ber of Mr Trump’s Cabi­net.

The US Se­nate yes­ter­day con­firmed Mr Trump’ s pick to run the White House bud­get of­fice, giv­ing the Repub­li­cans’ “tea party” wing a voice in the pres­i­dent’s cabi­net.

Armed ser­vices com­mit­tee chair­man John McCain, who is emerg­ing as the most vo­cal critic of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, op­posed Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mick Mul­vaney for past votes sup­port­ing cuts to Pen­tagon spend­ing.

Mr Mul­vaney’s first tasks in­clude find­ing the cash to sat­isfy Mr Trump’s re­quest for a quick start on his oft­promised US-Mex­ico bor­der wall.

The vote came a day after Mr Trump’s pick to head the labour depart­ment, Andrew Puzder, with­drew his nom­i­na­tion in the face of Repub­li­can op­po­si­tion.

Mr Puzder faced ques­tions over taxes he be­lat­edly paid on a former house­keeper not au­tho­rised to work in the US.

Mr Mul­vaney has man­aged to sur­vive ques­tions about his fail­ure to pay more than $15,000 (£12,000) in pay­roll taxes for a nanny more than a decade ago. He has since paid the taxes.

Mr Trump, the re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star and real es­tate mogul with ma­jor Scot­tish de­vel­op­ments in Aberdeen­shire and Ayr­shire, was elected as an out­sider in­tent on change.

Yes­ter­day he opened his hastily ar­ranged news con­fer­ence to at­tack cov­er­age by the me­dia.

He ac­cused re­porters of not telling the truth and only serv­ing spe­cial in­ter­ests.

“The press has be­come so dis­hon­est that if we don’t talk about it, weare do­ing a tremen­dous dis­ser­vice to the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” Mr Trump said.

Mr Trump also yes­ter­day warned in a pair of tweets that “low-life leak­ers” of clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion will be caught.

As jour­nal­ists were be­ing es­corted out of the break­fast meet­ing, Mr Trump re­sponded to a re­porter’s ques­tion on the sub­ject by say­ing: “We’re go­ing to find the leak­ers” and “They’re go­ing to pay a big price”.

“The press is so dis­hon­est that if we don’t talk about it, we are do­ing the peo­ple a dis­ser­vice”

ON­SLAUGHT: Don­ald Trump uses his hastily ar­ranged news con­fer­ence in the White House to ac­cuse re­porters of not telling the truth and serv­ing spe­cial in­ter­ests

The press pack vies to catch Mr Trump’s at­ten­tion

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