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How Trump's Business Interests Could Pose Challenges for Incoming Appointees

President Elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson – will now oversee one of the largest federally-subsidized affordable housing projects in the country – and it is part owned by his new boss. The development is called Starrett City – a massive low-income mini-city in Brooklyn that has generated millions in rental income for Trump, who inherited an ownership stake in the project from his father Fred Trump. With 46 buildings and more than 5,000 apartments, Starrett City is the beneficiary of substantial federal aid through rental support programs overseen by HUD. And it will soon be one more item on the list of financial entanglements that Trump will bring with him to the White House in January. ABC's MATTHEW MOSK notes.


Analysis - ABC's RICK KLEIN

The president's business is the nation's business, and that makes the president-elect's actions everyone's concerns. Just a layer beneath the excitement surrounding Donald Trump's early (and self-proclaimed) apparent successes in keeping jobs and encouraging investment rest some downright scary implications for the business community, not to mention US foreign relations. We can't yet know Trump's reasoning for waking up on a Tuesday morning in early December to threaten Boeing with the loss of its Air Force Once contract. But the fact that it came within hours of Boeing's CEO being quoted chiding Trump for his trade agenda should concern the business and political communities. Ditto the almost-presidential seal of approval Trump put on the Carrier decision last week and SoftBank's announcement Tuesday of a major American investment. These are major American corporations, with billions of dollars of interests that intersect with multiple sectors of the federal government, and with complex global relationships. Trump is Tweeting through all of that – with no indication, yet, that his actions are tied in with a broader strategy.



As President-elect Donald Trump puts together his White House team and makes his cabinet picks, he's tapped governors, business executives and retired military officers, but there's one group largely absent from the President-elect's appointments so far: long-time Trump loyalists. With the exception of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, who supported Trump early and landed the nomination for attorney general, Trump's most high-profile political supporters during the campaign -- Chris Christie, Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich -- are all, at least for now, without any known role in the incoming Trump administration. The same is true for those who ran Trump's campaign during the first months of the Republican primary. Until Trump started winning primaries, his campaign was run by a small band of dedicated loyalists. So far, none of them have been publicly offered jobs in the administration. MORE:


Trump, Again, Threatens to Take Action Against Flag Burners

The President-elect, returned to the trail Tuesday night in the second stop on his "Thank You" tour -- introducing his defense secretary pick, Marine Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis to a crowd in North Carolina. During the rally, he touched on a wide range of topics, but focused much of his energy on the military and patriotism just a few miles from Fort Bragg, ABC's CANDACE SMITH and BENJAMIN SIEGEL note. Trump once again appeared to take aim at those who would burn the American flag, saying that he would determine what should be done.


General Emerges as Strong Contender for Homeland Security Secretary

Retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly, the former head of U.S. Southern Command, who has met with president-elect Trump several times in recent weeks, has emerged as a strong contender for secretary of homeland security, ABC News has learned. Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, has been another contender. Kelly's name was confirmed by multiple senior Trump transition sources as garnering serious consideration. ABC's TOM LLAMAS, JONATHAN KARL and SHUSHANNAH WALSHE report.


Mike Flynn Jr. Forced Out of Trump Transition Amid Fake News Controversy

The Trump team said Tuesday that Michael Flynn Jr. -- the son of Trump's national security adviser, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn -- was forced out of the transition efforts amid controversy over a fake news story that he pushed on Twitter, ABC's KATHERINE FAULDERS reports. "The younger Michael Flynn was helping his father with some administration and scheduling duties early on in the transition process," Trump team spokesman Jason Miller said, adding that he is "no longer involved with the transition efforts." The decision came from President-elect Donald Trump himself, two Trump transition officials said. Flynn Jr. is accused of pushing the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory in a flood of tweets Sunday and Monday, prompted by gunplay at Ping Pong Comet Pizza in Washington, D.C.


Men Left 'to Die': Gen. James Mattis' Controversial Wartime Decision

The former Marine general tapped to become Donald Trump's secretary of defense has been hailed as an "iconoclastic thinker" and a "warrior monk," but a decorated ex–special operations officer recently remembered him another way: as the commander who, he said, left soldiers "to die" in Afghanistan. Trump announced retired Gen. James Mattis as his pick for the next defense secretary Thursday, sparking a renewed interest in the blunt-talking Marine's history. The next day, a controversial incident from 15 years ago came under the spotlight in the form of a Facebook post by former Green Beret Jason Amerine, who won the Bronze Star for valor in Afghanistan. ABC's JAMES GORDON MEEK and LEE FEERAN have more.

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