WASHINGTON – The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):
Ivanka Trump is meeting with former Vice-President Al Gore, who is an aggressive advocate on the idea that humans are causing climate change.
Ivanka Trump is a member of her father’s transition team, and aides told reporters Monday that the session would take place later in the day.
President-elect Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that man-made climate change is a hoax. Gore told supporters of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last month that Trump would walk away from international efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
Ivanka Trump is viewed as being to the left of most Republicans on a range of issues, including climate change.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is appreciative that Ben Carson is willing to take on the “challenging task” of leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
In a statement released Monday, the Republican said the agency is in need of reform to “better serve all Americans.”
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said of Carson: “I’m confident his lifelong career of selfless service will be a positive addition to the incoming administration.”
President-elect Donald Trump announced his decision to tap Carson as HUD secretary on Monday.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is calling Ben Carson a “disconcerting and disturbingly unqualified choice” to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Pelosi says the country deserves someone with “relevant experience” to protect the rights of homeowners and renters.
In her statement released Monday, she says “there is no evidence that Dr. Carson brings the necessary credentials to hold a position with such immense responsibilities and impact on families and communities across America.”
Trump says, “Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans.”
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher claims he is under consideration to become the next secretary of state and says it’s “terrific” that President-elect Donald Trump flouted decades of U.S. diplomatic convention by speaking directly to the leader of Taiwan.
Trump’s phone call irritated China, whose leaders consider Taiwan a rogue province. Trump defended the contact in a tweet and accused China of economic policies that Trump says hurt the U.S.
Rohrabacher told Fox News on Monday that it’s not as though Trump violated any treaties.
He said: “I think it was a terrific message to them that we’re no longer going to be pushovers, and there’s going to be consequences for their hostile and aggressive actions.”
Rohrabacher is a California Republican known for his favourable views of Russia.
Donald Trump has chosen former campaign 2016 rival Ben Carson to become secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Trump’s decision, announced early Monday by his transition office, comes as the real estate mogul continues a series of interviews, meetings with aides and other deliberations aimed at forming his administration.
In a statement, Trump says he’s “thrilled to nominate” Carson, saying he “has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”
Carson has been coy about joining the new administration, saying shortly after Trump’s election victory that he wasn’t certain he’d fit into a Cabinet-style role. The discussion at that time centred on speculation that Carson might be selected to head the sprawling Department of Health and Human Services.
Trump’s statement Monday says, “Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans.”
This story has been corrected to show that Pelosi is the House Democratic leader, not the speaker.