WASHINGTON (AP) – President-elect Donald Trump is telling the American people that he is assembling a Cabinet made up of “patriots.”
Trump says in a video released late Monday that his agenda “will be based on a simple core principle: putting America first.”
He is reiterating a number of his promises for the first 100 days of his administration, including vows to negotiate new trade deals, remove regulations on businesses and establish a five-year ban on executive officials becoming lobbyists.
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Notably missing from his promises is his pledge to repeal the Affordable Care Act and his vow to build a southern border wall with Mexico.
Trump has yet to hold the traditional news conference that previous presidents-elect have done within days of winning on Election Day.
Trump is considering Dallas investor Ray Washburne as secretary of the interior.
That’s according to a person familiar with the deliberations who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the decision-making publicly.
Washburne, who worked on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign before backing Trump, is a major GOP fundraiser.
He had previously been floated for commerce secretary.
Other candidates mentioned as potential candidates for the interior position include former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.
A congressional Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee says she had a “frank and positive” conversation with President-elect Donald Trump about Syria.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii says in a statement Monday that she shared with Trump her opposition to creating a no-fly zone over Syria.
Gabbard says that would “lead to more death and suffering,” worsen the refugee crisis and strengthen the Islamic State group, as well as al-Qaeda. Gabbard says it could also bring the U.S. into direct conflict with Russia, “which could result in a nuclear war.”
Gabbard is also an Army National Guard major. She resigned her post in the Democratic National Committee earlier this year after endorsing Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.
Trump’s aides say the president-elect wants to hear viewpoints from across the political spectrum.