ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President-elect Donald Trump has announced two new top staffers who will be joining his administration.
Trump announced in a press release Friday that he has picked FOX News analyst KT McFarland as his deputy national security advisor and his current lawyer Don McGahn as assistant to the president and White House counsel.
Trump’s pick for national security advisor, former Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, sent a congratulatory tweet to McFarland ahead of the transition team’s press release.
So proud & honored to have KT McFarland as part of our National Security team. She will help us #MAGA
— General Flynn (@GenFlynn) November 25, 2016
Trump remains with his family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, and the transition team has granted reporters no access to the property or information on any meetings he may be holding.
Some members of his staff, meanwhile, have made public the competing schools of thought in Trump’s inner circle over who should be his pick as his secretary of state — Mitt Romney or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted Thursday that she has received a “deluge” of messages warning against picking Romney, who earned scorn from Trump loyalists for his open criticism of the then-candidate through the GOP primaries.
Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state https://t.co/HDtpjeJTc3
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 24, 2016
“I think a lot of the palace intrigue gets a little bit overblown in this stage,” Miller said, responding to speculation ignited by the tweet.
Trump will return to New York City for meetings Monday with eight more people he is considering for positions in his administration, bringing the number of meetings he has held to “more than 65,” according to Republican National Committee communications director and chief strategist Sean Spicer.
On that list are Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, former SEC Commissioner Paul Atkins and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who is considered a contender for homeland security secretary.
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