Trump may re­visit Trump Coun­try dur­ing a vic­tory tour

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS - By Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire

Don­ald Trump may take a vic­tory tour to states that elected him pres­i­dent, an aide said Satur­day, as bois­ter­ous protests un­folded out­side the tower where he holed up with mem­bers of his tran­si­tion team and fielded calls con­grat­u­lat­ing him.

While he’s an­nounced one de­ci­sion — putting Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence in charge of the tran­si­tion in­stead of Chris Christie — Trump must iden­tify other peo­ple for top White House jobs and Cabi­net posts. The pres­i­dent-elect re­mained out of sight at Trump Tower, with streets out­side swarm­ing with thou­sands ob­ject­ing to the re­sults of Elec­tion Day.

At one point, doc­u­men­tary film­maker Michael Moore, a lib­eral critic of Trump who nev­er­the­less had pre­dicted his vic­tory, en­tered the tower lobby with a cam­era crew in tow and asked to see Trump. “I just thought I’d see if I could get into Trump Tower and ride the fa­mous es­ca­la­tor,” said Moore, who did just that un­til he reached the fourth floor and the Se­cret Ser­vice told him he could go no higher.

Kellyanne Con­way, who was Trump’s cam­paign man­ager and is al­most surely in line for a prom­i­nent job in his pres­i­dency, told re­porters in the tower lobby that Trump’s choice of a chief of staff was “im­mi­nent,” though not com­ing Satur­day. Who­ever fills that post will set the tone for Trump’s White House and be a main con­duit to Capi­tol Hill and Cabi­net agen­cies.

Trump is said to be con­sid­er­ing Steve Ban­non, his cam­paign chair­man and a con­ser­va­tive me­dia ex­ec­u­tive, and Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Reince Priebus for the job. Nei­ther has sig­nif­i­cant pol­icy ex­pe­ri­ence, though Priebus is well-liked in Wash­ing­ton and has ties with law­mak­ers.

Con­way said Trump’s next pub­lic ap­pear­ance was ex­pected “in the next cou­ple of days.” When asked if he’d take a vic­tory tour soon, she said: “It’s pos­si­ble. It’s pos­si­ble. We’re work­ing on the sched­ule.”

She de­scribed his day as “meet­ings, phone calls, con­ver­sa­tions, in­ter­views. What you would ex­pect from a nor­mal pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion.”

In one ges­ture of nor­malcy, Trump pledged to be “very re­strained” in the White House with his use of Twit­ter, “if I use it at all.” But he did not sound con­vinced that he could leave it be­hind, when asked in a “60 Min­utes” in­ter­view to be broad­cast Sun­day. Some of Trump’s most in­flam­ma­tory com­ments, in a cam­paign loaded with provo­ca­tion, came in his late-night tweets.

“I have a method of fight­ing back,” Trump said of so­cial me­dia. He said Twit­ter is “tremen­dous” and helped him win races in states where he was vastly out­spent. He said he thinks he’s proved that so­cial me­dia can be more pow­er­ful than money.

Mo­ments after Moore’s un­in­vited visit to Trump Tower, Nigel Farage, head of the “Leave” move­ment that won Bri­tain’s vote to exit the Euro­pean Union, also ar­rived and met Trump. Trump fre­quently linked his cam­paign to the Brexit move­ment.

Con­way said the two men talked about “free­dom and win­ning and what this all means for the world.”

For Trump, who ran on a pledge to “drain the swamp” of Wash­ing­ton in­sid­ers, the tran­si­tion team is strik­ingly heavy on those with long po­lit­i­cal resumes.

An­other ap­par­ent con­tra­dic­tion emerged Fri­day as Trump, who re­peat­edly vowed to achieve the re­peal of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s health care law, said he would be open to main­tain­ing por­tions of it.

Christie was a loyal ad­viser to Trump for much of the cam­paign, of­fered a key early en­dorse­ment and came close to be­ing the busi­ness­man’s pick for run­ning mate. But Trump ul­ti­mately went with Pence, In­di­ana’s gover­nor and a for­mer con­gress­man with Wash­ing­ton ex­pe­ri­ence and deep ties to con­ser­va­tives, to take the tran­si­tion for­ward.

Christie will still be in­volved in the tran­si­tion, join­ing a clus­ter of other stead­fast Trump sup­port­ers serv­ing as vice chair­men: for­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich, re­tired neu­ro­sur­geon Ben Car­son, re­tired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, for­mer New York Mayor Rudy Gi­u­liani and Alabama Sen. Jeff Ses­sions.

In ad­di­tion, three of Trump’s adult chil­dren — Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka — are on the tran­si­tion ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, along with Jared Kush­ner, Ivanka’s hus­band. Kush­ner was an in­flu­en­tial ad­viser in Trump’s cam­paign.

The chil­dren’s in­clu­sion raised ques­tions about Trump’s abil­ity to sever ties be­tween the ad­min­is­tra­tion and the sprawl­ing fam­ily busi­ness — after the bil­lion­aire re­peat­edly said dur­ing the cam­paign that his grown chil­dren would not fol­low him to Wash­ing­ton but in­stead run the Trump Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Trump told The Wall Street Jour­nal that after speak­ing with Obama at the White House, he was con­sid­er­ing keep­ing the pro­vi­sion of the health law that al­lows chil­dren to stay on their par­ents’ in­sur­ance poli­cies un­til they turn 26. He said pre­vi­ously he may also keep the pro­hi­bi­tion against in­sur­ers deny­ing cov­er­age be­cause of pa­tients’ ex­ist­ing con­di­tions.

Pres­i­dents-elect don’t of­ten ap­point their run­ning mates to lead their tran­si­tion team. Trump and Christie grew apart through the last stretch of the cam­paign.


In this im­age re­leased by CBS News, 60 MIN­UTES Cor­re­spon­dent Les­ley Stahl in­ter­views Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald J. Trump and his wife Me­la­nia at their home, Fri­day in New York. The first post-elec­tion in­ter­view for tele­vi­sion will be broad­cast on 60 MIN­UTES on Sun­day.

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