TRUNEWS Trump Transition Press Update: 01/09/17

This is the January 9th Trump transition press update reported through TRUNEWS Correspondent Edward Szall

(VERO BEACH, FL) President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered comments today during the daily press briefing addressing among other things the looming Senate confirmation hearings for cabinet nominees.

There are nine confirmation hearings scheduled for this week.

Tuesday, January 10th: 09:30 AG nominee Senator Jeff Sessions, 15:30 DHS nominee General John Kelly 

Spokesman Sean Spicer both are Trump’s picks to secure the southern border, with Kelly a previous head of SOUTHCOM, and Sessions a staunch advocate of immigration reform.

Wednesday, January 11th: 10:00 Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, CIA nominee Mike Pompeo, and Education nominee Betsy DeVos, 10:15 - Transportation nominee Elaine Chao.

Thursday, January 12th: 10:00 Commerce nominee Wilbur Ross and HUD nominee Ben Carson. In a separate sessions defense nominee James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis will go before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Trump’s nominees have conducted more than 300 meetings with 87 senators out of the 100 total. Confirmation hearing preparation has been vigorous and includes over 2000 questions from 189 volunteers, averaging 120 per sessions.

SCHEDULE

We are 11 days out from the inauguration of Donald J. Trump.

Began day meeting with Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Alibaba Group, and the companies President Michael Evans. Sean Spicer said the goal of the meeting is to find ways to create 1 million new US jobs with the integration of Alibaba into US markets.

Other meetings:

  • Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell
  • Dr. David Shulkin, the current Under Secretary of Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Univision CEO Randy Falco, Isaac Lee Possin and the companies Chief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer Isaac Lee Univision 
  • Howard Kurtz, host of Fox News’ Media Buzz
  • The president-elect will also conduct staff meetings with transition team members.

APPOINTMENTS

On Friday Trump officially announced his intention to nominate former United States Senator Dan Coats to serve as the Director of National Intelligence.

Dan Coats was born in Michigan and earned a B.A. in political science at Wheaton College in Illinois before serving in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1968. After his military service, Sen. Coats earned a J.D. from the University of Indiana in 1972 and subsequently worked in the private sector. From 1981 to 1989 he served in the U.S. House of Representatives and represented the state of Indiana for a total of 16 years, first from 1989-1999 and then again from 2011-2017.  From 2001-2005 Sen. Coats served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, arriving three days before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Sen. Coats and his wife Marsha have three children, and are staunch Christians.

President-elect Trump:

“I’m very confident that Senator Dan Coats is the right choice to serve as Director of National Intelligence. Dan has clearly demonstrated the deep subject matter expertise and sound judgment required to lead our intelligence community. If confirmed as Director of National Intelligence, he will provide unwavering leadership that the entire intelligence community can respect, and will spearhead my administration’s ceaseless vigilance against those who seek to do us harm.”

Sen. Coats:

"It is an honor to be nominated as Director of National Intelligence. A robust and responsible intelligence infrastructure is essential to our homeland security, and if confirmed I will ensure our national security decision-makers have every piece of information they need to protect the American people from the threats facing our nation.  There is no higher priority than keeping America safe, and I will utilize every tool at my disposal to make that happen."

Senator Bob Dole was picked to be the vice chair for the Trump transition team.

 

TRUMP TWEETS

On Russian relations:

On creating U.S. jobs:

MEDIA QUESTIONS

Jewish Insider asked about rumors the transition team has reached out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has reportedly canceled his trip to Davos in that same time frame. They also inquired if Donald Trump has a response to the terror attack in Jerusalem.

Response: Contact Netanyahu’s office for confirmation, and the President-elect has been monitoring developments in Israel.

Fox Business asked about Trump’s reply to Toyota CEO Jim Lentz, who said if trade taxes are levied, it will cost jobs.

Response: Trump has been consistent, if companies stay inside the US, its a non issue. His policies are intended to curb offshoring. 

Bloomberg asked if the Trump had given any thought to his position on tax reform?

Response: Nothing new to say on this. Trump is concentrated on choosing his Agriculture and VA Secretary. Additional cabinet announcements will be made before we delve into assistant secretary levels, deputy and unders, and ambassadors.

Reuters asked about British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s trip to New York yesterday, and if Sean Spicer had a read out from his meeting with Trump transition officials Sunday. 

Response: Mr. Johnson scheduled several meetings not just in NY, and he met with two senior members of the Trump team. The president-elect has no intention of having meetings with foreign leaders prior to inauguration. 

Georgia Weekly Post asked about for a supreme court candidates list.

Response: look at Trump’s list previously released. Going to have a lot of vacancies in appellant court also. Nothing new to report.

The next TRUNEWS Trump transition press update will be at 11:30 EST on January 10th, 2017, questions and feedback are greatly encouraged.

Please contact TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall with any news tips related to this story.
Email: Edward.Szall@trunews.com | Twitter: @EdwardSzall | Facebook: Ed Szall 
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