PALM BEACH, Fla.
(AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is connecting with foreign leaders and
considering new Cabinet-prospects Friday as he gathers with family for a
long Thanksgiving weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
As the incoming
president looks ahead, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein made
progress on her push to force recounts in three Midwestern battleground
states that fueled Trump's stunning victory. Stein announced on her
website that she has raised enough money to fund recounts in Wisconsin and
Pennsylvania and was pursuing additional funding to do the same in
recounts are unlikely to change the election result, they could complicate
Trump's calls for national unity as he tries to move past what may have
been the nastiest presidential contest in the modern era.
Yet there were
signs of discord even within the president-elect's small inner circle as
Trump weighed his choices for secretary of state. The options for the
nation's chief diplomat include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani,
who lacks foreign policy experience, but was intensely loyal to Trump, and
2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who aggressively opposed
Trump's candidacy but is largely regarded as more qualified.
Kellyanne Conway publicly highlighted the controversy, tweeting on
Thursday that she had been "receiving a deluge of social media & private
concerns re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of
In a second
Twitter post from her verified account, Conway referred to former
secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Schultz, both Cabinet
officers in previous Republican administrations, as men who "flew around
the world less, counseled POTUS (president of the United States) close to
home more. And were loyal. Good checklist."
expected to make two staffing announcements on Friday, spokesman Jason
Miller said, although neither is expected to be a Cabinet-level position.
The president-elect has meetings scheduled with eight prospective
administration hires scheduled for Monday, a group that includes a handful
of business leaders along with David Clarke, the Wisconsin sheriff who is
an aggressive opponent of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Trump and Vice
President-elect Mike Pence also have meetings scheduled on Monday in New
York with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Rep. Lou Barletta,
R-Pa., former Security and Exchange Commission commissioner Paul Atkins,
World Wide Technology chairman David Steward and General Growth Properties
CEO Sandeep Mathrani.
of state, two possible appointments loom: retired neurosurgeon and former
presidential candidate Ben Carson as secretary of housing and urban
development and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross Jr. as commerce
The most recent
Trump Cabinet-level picks to be announced were South Carolina Gov. Nikki
Haley to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and charter school
advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department.
Trump is also
continuing to connect with foreign dignitaries, according to spokesman
Sean Spicer. Since arriving at his Palm Beach estate on Wednesday, the
president-elect has spoken to the prime ministers of Greece, Hungary and
Sweden, along with the presidents of Panama and Slovenia.
to his Twitter feed, is also pressing an Indiana-based air conditioning
company not to send jobs to Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday.
presidential campaign he often cited Carrier's decision last February to
relocate some 1,400 jobs to its plant in Mexico as an example of jobs
leaving the country — and how he as president would slap a tax on any
units manufactured in Mexico and sold in the U.S.
"I am working
hard, even on Thanksgiving, trying to get Carrier A.C. Company to stay in
the U.S.," Trump tweeted on Thursday. "MAKING PROGRESS - Will know soon!"
confirmed it had discussed the move with the incoming administration but
that there was nothing to announce.