Trump to fill more vacancies; recount distraction looms

Trump to fill more vacancies; recount distraction looms

"So far Trump's skilled arrangement of meetings and choreographed leaks present the image of a thoughtful chief executive reaching out to unite his party, to build strong ties to Congress and to assemble a smart administration in the short two months available to him".

Trump claimed "serious voter fraud" existed in New Hampshire and two other states on election day, November 8.

Mr. Trump issued a statement Saturday calling the Stein recount effort a "scam". Trump tweeted another claim without evidence on Sunday evening, regarding voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California - all states Clinton won.

Trump, who will become the 45th US President at his inauguration in January next year, was spotted leaving his Mar-a-Lago estate, Florida, with his security detail after he fired off tweets blasting Green Party Candidate Jill Stein's call for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

"The Electoral College is actually genius in that it brings all states, including the smaller ones, into play".

All three were upsets that ultimately led to Trump's victory, even though Clinton leads the popular vote by more than 2 million votes now. She could conceivably tip the electoral balance in the remote event that all flipped to her in recounts.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is heading the transition effort, teased "a number of very important announcements tomorrow" as he exited Trump Tower Monday night.

After spending nearly five days in Palm Beach, Florida, where he celebrated Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago resort, Trump made no public statements yesterday other than those via Twitter.

Three people close to the transition team said Trump had been aware that Conway planned to voice her opinion, both on Twitter and in television interviews.

Among the jobs Trump has still yet to fill: secretary of state. But losing the popular vote by such a substantial margin apparently gnaws at Trump. "He and his consultants were nothing but terrible to Donald Trump for a year". She added that she was "reflecting what the grassroots are saying".

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker are among other prospects to serve as the country's top diplomat.

J. Alex Halderman, the director of the Center for Computer Security and Society at the University of MI, expanded on his thoughts in a post on Medium, where he said a cyberattack was unlikely in this case but possible. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was initially seen as the favorite for the diplomatic post, but Trump is said to have grown irritated by questions about Giuliani's worldwide business ties, as well as the mayor's public campaigning for the job. By announcing, three weeks after Clinton conceded, that it would participate in the Wisconsin recount, her team has helped reignite the contentious atmosphere of the campaign, of which Trump's Twitter barrages were a fixture.

Recount requests filed by the Green Party's Jill Stein continue to gain momentum in key swing states as her campaign raises millions in a matter of days.

"People feel betrayed to think that Gov. Romney, who went out of his way to question the character and the intellect and the integrity of Donald Trump, now our president-elect, would be given the most significant cabinet post of all", Conway said in one of several television interviews Sunday. NBC's Chris Pollone reports. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.' So much time and money will be spent - same result!

Ms Stein is also pushing for a recount in MI.

Among other things, Trump falsely asserted that illegal immigrants were tipping the results in elections, based on a misinterpretation of disputed data.

Stein quickly filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court arguing that a hand recount was the only way to ensure the vote totals are accurate. The effort also created a convenient vehicle for Hillary Clinton's campaign, which joined the fray.