After his initial hesitation to take a position in a Donald Trump administration, Ben Carson has reconsidered and accepted Trump's offer to be the next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. President-elect Trump announced today he intends to nominate Carson for the cabinet position of HUD secretary, a position that will have to be confirmed by the Senate after Trump is in office, ABC's VERONICA STRACQUALURSI reports. "We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities," Trump said in a statement released today.
ABC News has learned that Trump, in broadening his search for a secretary of state, is now contemplating a diverse mix of additional candidates that includes a retired Navy admiral Hillary Clinton eyed for vice president, a prominent oil company executive and a one-time Iraq War hawk. The emergence of new names indicates that Trump is conflicted about his short list and faces persistent division within his inner circle of advisers over the key choice. The Trump transition team now says Trump is considering as many as nine candidates for State, with the selection process appearing far from over. More from ABC's TRANSITION TEAM: http://abcn.ws/2gb1gzB
Vice President-elect Mike Pence says the incoming Trump administration will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to reach out to companies that are considering moving jobs out of the country, as the president-elect did with Carrier. "The president-elect will make those decisions on a day-by-day basis in the course of the transition and in the course of the administration," Pence said Sunday on "This Week." Asked about Trump's decision to negotiate with Carrier but not with other companies planning to move jobs out of the country, Pence said, "I don't think it's picking winners and losers at all." Carrier will receive about $7 million in state tax breaks to keep about 800 jobs in Indiana under the deal it worked out with Trump, although the company will still move hundreds of other jobs from its Indianapolis plant to Mexico, according to ABC's RYAN STRUYK. http://abcn.ws/2fWBtgk
President-elect Trump's phone call with the president of Taiwan was "nothing more than taking a courtesy call," according to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. "It's a little mystifying to me that President Obama can reach out to a murdering dictator in Cuba in the last year and be hailed as a hero for doing it, and President-elect Donald Trump takes a courtesy call from the democratically-elected leader of Taiwan, and it's become something of a controversy," Pence said on "This Week" on Sunday morning. When asked whether the Trump administration would continue the "one China" foreign policy held by the U.S. since 1979, Pence said, "We'll deal with policy after January 20." ABC's RYAN STRUYK has more. http://abcn.ws/2gVjAvl
Former Vice President and climate advocate Al Gore met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City today. Gore said he had a "lengthy and very productive session" with the president-elect, who has previously called climate change a "hoax." "I found it an extremely interesting conversation and to be continued and I’m just going to leave it at that," Gore told reporters of the meeting with the president-elect. "It was a sincere search for areas of common ground."
Environmental activists and protesters have rejoiced the temporary halting of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, but according to some experts with whom ABC News spoke, there are several avenues for President-elect Donald Trump to overturn the decision and continue the construction of the pipeline once he assumes office in January.
Presidential candidate Jill Stein's fight to force ballot recounts in three states focused Monday on Pennsylvania, where her Green Party was seeking an emergency federal court order for a statewide recount, and Michigan, where a hand recount began on the orders of a federal judge. President-elect Donald Trump narrowly defeated Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in both states and Wisconsin, which started its recount last week. The recounts were not expected to change enough votes to overturn the result of the election.