Donald Trump starting to fill Cabinet with conservatives

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NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is offering the post of attorney general to Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of the Trump’s closest and most consistent allies.

That’s according to a senior Trump official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the conversation.

The official on Friday wouldn’t say whether Sessions had accepted the job, which left open the possibility that the arrangement was not finalized.

Sessions was the first senator to endorse Trump and was a close adviser throughout the campaign.

Trump released a statement Thursday after a meeting with the senator saying he was “unbelievably impressed” with Sessions.

The Alabama Republican previously struggled with a Senate confirmation hearing when he was nominated for a federal judgeship in 1986. He was dogged by racist comments he was accused of making while serving as U.S. attorney in Alabama.

He later withdrew from consideration for the post.


NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has picked Mike Pompeo — a Kansas congressman — to be CIA director.

That’s according to a Trump transition official.

Pompeo is a conservative Republican and a fierce critic of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Trump is beginning to fill out his governing team, and the transition official says Trump will make the Pompeo announcement on Friday morning, along with his nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general and his selection of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to be national security adviser.

The official wasn’t authorized to disclose the decisions ahead of Trump’s announcement and insisted on anonymity.


NEW YORK (AP) — It’s unclear whether retired military intelligence chief Michael Flynn has accepted President-elect Donald Trump’s offer of national security adviser.

The Trump team confirmed the selection yesterday.

Flynn has made it clear that he takes issue with President Barack Obama’s approach to global affairs and fighting the Islamic State group.

And Flynn has called for Washington to work more closely with Moscow, echoing similar statements from Trump.

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