Trump back to business as recount distractions loom large

Monday President-elect Donald Trump will be back in the saddle in New York as he looks to decide who will fill the integral appointments in his Cabinet as concerns about a possible secretary of state choice rise and the distraction of a recount vote in Wisconsin, and possibly other key battleground states, set to press on.

Trump has a series of meetings scheduled to try and narrow down the foundation of his Cabinet after spending Thanksgiving weekend at his Palm Beach, Fla., estate. As the talks are reportedly expected to intensify over the course of the week, concerns about the possible appointment of Mitt Romney as secretary of state were made known on Sunday.

Top adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that she will support Trump’s pick, but continues to argue that the grass-roots supporters who backed his improbable victory feel let down about Romney, considering he called Trump a “con man” and a “phony.”

“People feel betrayed to think that … Romney, who went out of his way to question the character and the intellect and the integrity of Donald Trump … would be given the most significant Cabinet post of all,” Conway said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on “Fox News Sunday” downplayed rumors over vicious infighting over who will lead the State Department, saying that Trump’s “going to make the best decision for the American people.”

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told “Fox & Friends Sunday” that a Romney choice would be disappointing, adding, “I think there’s nothing Mitt Romney can say that doesn’t sound phony and frankly pathetic.”

Romney was one of the most notable Republicans to speak out against Trump during his campaign.

People involved in the transition process told the Associated Press Trump’s decision on his secretary of state did not appear to be imminent. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and John Bolton, a former ambassador to the U.N., have also been under consideration.

 

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