Donald Trump took to Twitter last night to slam the union leader who has been criticizing his Carrier job-saving deal. Trump tweeted, "Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!" While speaking to CNN's Erin Burnett Wednesday night, Jones responded to Trump's tweet, saying, "Well, first of all, that wasn't very damn nice. But with Donald Trump saying that, that must mean I'm doing a good job. Because these people are making a decent wage at Carrier. And I feel like I'm somewhat involved in making that happen. And he does everything he can to keep unions out of his hotels and casinos here in this country, depriving them of making a living wage. So I don't put a whole hell of a lot of faith in whatever he says." More from ABC's DAVID CAPLAN: http://abcn.ws/2gerHkB
The selection of Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's choice to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has raised concerns among some scientists and people who’ve worked with the EPA. Pruitt, the Republican attorney general for Oklahoma since 2011, has interacted most directly with the EPA by suing it over what he sees as over-reaching federal regulations. Some scientists have also questioned his fitness to run the environmental agency considering he has publicly stated that he believes the debate over the cause of global warming is “far from settled.”
Analysis - ABC's RICK KLEIN
The bully pulpit is being used to bully. In his month as president-elect, Donald Trump has used Tweets to blast protesters upset with his election; threaten a government contract awarded to a company opposing his agenda; falsely claim that he won the popular vote if you only count the votes of legal citizens; and attack a local union head – a private citizen – who went on television to question the accuracy of his claims of saved jobs. This isn't crossing lines – it's scribbling over the old ones, and redrawing the boundaries of propriety even before Trump takes office. One question for those who might seek to challenge the president is how they react to this new reality. Trump won't change – but will efforts to draw him out adjust? When a president reacts to cable news, or online chatter, the spotlight will be on not just the president but on the person or entities under attack.
It's been one month since Election Day, but the real votes for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won’t be cast for another 11 days. That's when the 538 actual people who make up the Electoral College will meet in state capitals across the country and cast their votes for president. Three hundred and six electoral votes are pledged to Donald Trump and 232 are pledged to Hillary Clinton. But what happens if one of the electors actually casting the votes tries to go rogue? It's happened before and it could happen again this year.
President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly as his pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, according to two senior Trump transition officials. Kelly is the third general the president-elect is expected to select for his Cabinet and first met with Trump on Nov. 20 at a Trump-owned golf course in New Jersey. The DHS, which was established in 2002 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, is designed to coordinate national security, which likely means Kelly will be dealing with issues like immigration, border security, domestic terrorism threats and cybersecurity.
Email Pending Senate confirmation of his picks, President-elect Donald Trump is poised to have the most retired general officers or flag officers serving together in a Cabinet since the administration of Harry S. Truman. Before Truman, you'd have to go back to the post–Civil War era to find at least two generals in the Cabinet Room. The administrations of Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes and William McKinley all had at least two retired war generals serving at the same time. So far, Trump has chosen retired Gen. James Mattis as his defense secretary and retired Gen. John Kelly as homeland security secretary. But Trump could go even further; Gen. David Petraeus is being considered for secretary of state.
A new federal disclosure document indicates that former senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole facilitated contact between Taiwanese officials and members of Donald Trump's campaign and transition teams over a six-month period this year. Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week sparked controversy because it marked a break with decades of U.S. policy on China and Taiwan. Dole and his law firm Alston & Bird, worked on behalf of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative (TECRO) to arrange for a series of meetings between Trump advisers and Taiwanese officials, according to documents filed last week with the Department of Justice. ABC's ARLETTE SAENZ has more. http://abcn.ws/2hjopxJ