Trump Prepares to Fill Out Economic and National Security Teams

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 10: President-elect Donald Trump listens as President Barack Obama talks to the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 10: President-elect Donald Trump listens as President Barack Obama talks to the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

After a busy weekend interviewing job candidates, President-elect Donald Trump prepared Monday to begin filling out his economic and national security teams and outline his emerging White House agenda.

“We’ve made a couple of deals,” Trump told reporters after a weekend of meetings with with no less than 21 job candidates at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J.

Transition aides said they would release a video Monday in which the president-elect discusses plans and “legislative priorities” for the Trump administration that begins Jan. 20.

Topics include trade, notably Trump’s opposition to the now-probably-defunct Trans-Pacific Partnership with Asian nations; energy development and “job-killing” regulations governing shale and clean coal; national security, with an emphasis on cybersecurity; and immigration, including alleged abuse of visa programs to undercut American workers, said transition aide Jason Miller.

Trump has more meetings on Monday, including one with Rick Perry. The former governor of Texas and ex-rival in the Republican primaries has been mentioned for a number of slots in Trump’s Cabinet, including the departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Energy, and Agriculture.

The president is also meeting with a fairly prominent Democrat: U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton during the Democratic primaries. A military veteran, Gabbard has been a vocal critic of VA medical services.

Other Monday meetings include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a prominent pro-Trump spokesman during the campaign; Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao (who is married to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell). The president is also scheduled to meet with officials of a border patrol union that endorsed him during the campaign.

The Trump team still has some campaign clean-up to do.

The Federal Election Commission on Monday sent a letter to the Trump campaign organization listing pages of “excessive, prohibited, and impermissible” contributions. They came from individuals who made multiple contributions that added up to an excess of legal limits, unregistered organizations, or committees that were unqualified to contribute to presidential candidates.

The president-elect and his aides are also dealing with questions about how the New York businessman (and his family) should handle their business affairs during his presidency.

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SOURCE: USA Today, David Jackson