Trump has continued his bending of the truth, a common practice during the primaries, into the transition period. He claimed that Bill Ford advised him “that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky -- no Mexico.” Adding that he “worked hard” to keep the plant in Kentucky. A Ford spokesperson said the automaker had only planned to transfer production of the Lincoln MKC -- not the entire plant –– out-of-state, adding Ford never intended to close the plant.
In Hillary Clinton’s first public event since her concession speech last Wednesday, she urged her supporters to “believe in our country, fight for our values, and never give up.” Clearly strained from the loss, Clinton addressed the divisions in the country that have been “laid bare” by the 2016 election. Adding to the never-give-up theme, she told the crowd: “But please listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it.”
A spokesman for pro-Trump Great America PAC Carl Higbie joined Megyn Kelly on Fox News to support a plan to create a Muslim registry. When asked about the constitutionality of registry, Higbie pointed to the forced incarceration and relocation of Japanese Americans in World War II as a precedent.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt), the self-styled socialist who upended the Democratic nominating process in 2016, has been added to the Democratic leadership in the U.S. Senate. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer will take over from Sen. Harry Reid as minority leader. Signalling where the Democratic Party is moving, he invited Sanders to join the leadership ranks.
In what appears to be a quick flip-flop on one of Trump’s major campaign promises, a number of people appointed to the transition team are major Washington insiders. Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote a letter to Trump, in which she stated that “maintaining a transition team of Washington insiders sends a clear signal to all who are watching you -- that you are already breaking your campaign promises to ‘drain the swamp’ and that you are selling out the American public.”
In his first press conference since Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States, President Obama was asked about some of the more controversial statements his successor has made. Particularly on the military front, Obama said he expected Donald Trump to honor all NATO commitments.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski recently left CNN with the expectation that he was to join the Trump administration. A number of people in Trump’s inner circle, however, are lobbying against bringing Lewandowski into the team. “Corey has a problem because he has made so many enemies,” a Trump strategist told Politico. Among those who appear opposed to a Lewandowski hire: chief of staff Reince Priebus and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
The first Muslim member of the U.S. House of Representatives is vying for the top job within the Democratic National Committee. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota officially announced his bid for the chairmanship of the DNC. He rolled out a number of endorsements, including the support of former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.
President-elect Donald Trump has spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the leader of one of the most-criticised countries of Trump’s campaign. The two leaders agreed to meet at an early date and reportedly set a tone of mutual respect.
Big Democratic donors, including billionaire George Soros, have met to discuss where they go from here in light of the coming Trump presidency. The donors met with Reps. Pelosi and Ellison, as well as with Sen. Warren and union bosses. The meeting will last three days and takes place in Washington. D.C. It kicked off Sunday night at the upscale Mandarin Oriental Hotel.