The Latest: Trump has phone conversation with China’s leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. election (all times local):
President-elect Donald Trump’s office says in a release early Monday that Trump spoke with Chinese President Xi Jingping and thanked him for his well-wishes on Trump’s election as president of the United States.
“During the call, the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another and President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have one of the strongest relationships for both countries moving forward,” according to a statement from Trump’s office in New York.
Trump is busy working on his transition to the presidency, and has named Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff and Stephen Bannon, executive director of Breitbart news executive — and subsequently Trump’s campaign CEO — as chief strategist and senior counselor.
President-elect Donald Trump says he’s a “very sober” person and says he’ll conduct himself “in a very good manner” as the nation’s president.
But the combative billionaire adds in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” that his manner “depends on what the situation is.”
The president-elect was asked in the interview conducted Friday if he’s going to use the same, sometimes divisive rhetoric he used during the campaign. He replied that “sometimes you need a certain rhetoric to get people motivated.”
The interview was broadcast Sunday.
Trump spent much of the day on Twitter bragging about one-time GOP critics who have congratulated him. He also revived his feud with The New York Times.
President-elect Donald Trump is demanding that any of his supporters who are harassing people or destroying property “stop it.”
He tells CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he is “saddened” to hear that is happening. He says, “I will say it right to the cameras: Stop it.”
President-elect Donald Trump says he’s giving up the president’s annual salary of $400,000.
Trump tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” that he had not been aware of the amount. He says he’s required by law to take $1.00.
The billionaire says of the rest of the money, “I’m not going to take the salary.”
A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says he is happy for his friend Reince Priebus after the chairman of the Republican National Committee was named White House chief of staff by President-elect Donald Trump.
Doug Andres, a spokesman for Ryan, says the speaker is “ready to get to work” with Priebus, who is a friend and longtime ally of Ryan’s. Both men are from Wisconsin.
Trump’s transition team announced the decision Sunday.
In selecting Priebus, Trump is turning to a Washington veteran with deep ties to Republican leadership, particularly Ryan.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff and conservative media executive Stephen Bannon as his senior counselor.
Trump’s transition team announced the decisions Sunday. The moves are Trump’s first as he sets about putting together his administration.
In selecting Priebus, Trump is turning to a Washington veteran with deep ties to Republican leadership, particularly House Speaker Paul Ryan. Bannon ran the conservative website Breitbart before joining Trump’s presidential campaign during the general election. Neither has significant governing experience.
In a statement, Trump says Priebus and Bannon are “highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign.”
A top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump says it would be “unrealistic” to purge his children from his businesses and hand their control over to an independent trustee.
Appearing on televised interviews on Sunday, Giuliani initially said Trump should set up some kind of “blind trust.” When pressed, Giuliani told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Trump has an unusual situation and that creating a traditional blind trust would “basically put his children out of work.”
He says they then would have to “start a whole new business and that would set up ... new problems.”
Giuliani said Trump’s three children — Ivanka, Donald Jr. and Eric — who are involved in his businesses would not advise Trump once he becomes president in January. All three children are, however, are on the executive committee of Trump’s transition team.
Donald Trump’s attorneys have filed a motion to delay until after the presidential inauguration a class-action fraud lawsuit involving the president-elect and his now-defunct Trump University.
In the motion filed Saturday in San Diego federal court, Trump’s lawyer Daniel Petrocelli argues that the extra months would give both sides time to possibly reach a settlement.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2fNK97O) Petrocelli wants to postpone the trial until sometime soon after the Jan. 20 inauguration to allow Trump to focus on the transition to the White House.
The motion also requests that Trump be allowed to be questioned in a videotaped deposition to be recorded before the trial.
The lawsuit alleging Trump University failed on its promise to teach success in real estate is scheduled to begin Nov. 28.
The war of words between Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and President-elect Donald Trump is escalating, this time through their top aides.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, on Sunday said Reid should be careful in a “legal sense” about characterizing Trump as a sexual predator. When asked whether Trump was threatening to sue Reid, Conway said no. Also on Sunday, Trump took to Twitter to taunt The New York Times.
Adam Jentleson, Reid’s deputy chief of staff, said Trump is “hiding behind his Twitter account and sending his staff on TV to threaten his critics.”
Jentleson said Trump should instead “take action immediately to stop the acts of hate and threats of violence that are being committed in his name across the country.”
A potential contender to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee says he’ll be making a decision “real soon” about whether to vie for the job.
Appearing Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota says the post requires a person with the “vision and the ability to mobilize and inspire people at the grassroots.”
Ellison says fewer Democrats voted in the 2016 presidential election than four years ago because the party’s message of strengthening the middle class “didn’t come through” in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania and other states.
Ellison would have the support of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who lost in the Democratic presidential primary to Hillary Clinton.
Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, a 2004 presidential candidate, already has declared his candidacy for DNC chairman.
President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to empower his running mate Mike Pence to steer the presidential transition gives the soon-to-be vice president an extraordinary hand in shaping the incoming government.
And it could foreshadow that he will play an outsized role in the White House.
Pence’s ascension is in line with a recent trend toward powerful vice presidents and appears similar to the last vice president who was handed the keys to a presidential transition: Dick Cheney.
Cheney helped build the government and was one of the most powerful vice presidents in recent memory.
Experts say that the choice of Pence sends a signal to Washington that he will have a key job.
And it allows Pence to potentially stock key administration roles with allies.
Rudy Giuliani says President-elect Donald Trump should put his businesses in a blind trust “for the good of the country.”
The former New York mayor and top Trump adviser said “he should basically take himself out of it, and just be a passive participant in the sense that he has no decision-making, no involvement,” in the Trump business empire.
Trump on the campaign trail vowed to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington. His hundreds of business interests around the globe could make him susceptible to conflicts of interests with foreign governments as he represents the United States. Officials from the Trump camp have announced that Trump’s three oldest children — Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric — would control what he called a “blind trust.” The billionaire also gave the trio official roles as transition advisers. Trump has previously said his children would manage his business interests if he won the presidency.
A senior adviser to Donald Trump is warning the Senate’s top Democrat to be very careful in a “legal sense” about characterizing the president-elect as a sexual predator.
Kellyanne Conway denied that she’s suggesting Trump would sue Harry Reid of Nevada.
Reid on Friday issued a statement calling Trump a “sexual predator” who fueled his presidential campaign with “bigotry and hate.”
Multiple women have accused Trump of sexually assaulting them. Trump has rejected their allegations and declared he’d sue the women after the election.
Reid has been one of Trump’s harshest critics.
Conway told “Fox News Sunday” that Reid’s remarks are “beyond the pale.”
But Conway added that she’s not implying Trump would sue Reid. She says she’s calling for “responsibility and maturity and decency” from Reid.
Donald Trump says he would accept a fence in some places along the U.S. southern border where he had promised to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it.
He also told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he’s willing to deport or incarcerate 2 million to 3 million people in the country illegally who “are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers.”
Such a promise was directly at odds with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that “we are not planning on erecting a deportation force.” Ryan said “I think we should put people’s minds at ease” on mass deportation because the top priority is really border security.
The network released portions of Trump’s interview in advance of its broadcast Sunday night.
Trump campaigned on a vow to build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. He also has insisted he will deport all 11 million people in the country illegally, with exceptions.
President-elect Donald Trump has been receiving congratulatory phone calls from a number of his former rivals, including Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Mitt Romney.
Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to Trump, told reporters in Trump Tower on Sunday about the calls and said that conversation the president-elect had with Bush was “incredibly gracious.”
And Trump later tweeted that he received calls from former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
He later mentioned his conversation with Kasich, the governor of Ohio. But Trump reserved his praise for the “GREAT, GREAT, GREAT” state of Ohio, which helped to elect him. Trump tweeted: “The people of Ohio were incredible!”
Trump had angrily attacked all of those fellow Republicans during his bruising run through the GOP primaries. None of them endorsed Trump.
President-elect Donald Trump is renewing his attacks on a favorite foe: The New York Times.
Trump tweeted twice on Sunday about the newspaper’s “bad” and “highly inaccurate” coverage of his campaign and claimed it was losing “thousands of subscribers.”
In a letter to subscribers after the election, the publisher of the Times questioned whether Trump’s “sheer unconventionality” led the paper and other news outlets to underestimate his support among American voters. The letter vowed to “rededicate” the Times to its mission of reporting news “without fear or favor.”
A senior congressional Republican says the GOP’s agenda in the upcoming Congress doesn’t include further investigations of Hillary Clinton.
Speaking Sunday on Fox News, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says Republicans on Capitol Hill will focus on job creation, reforming and repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, and rebuilding’s America’s roads and bridges.
McCarthy says he will leave any inquiries of Clinton to law enforcement. The GOP won control of both the House and Senate.
Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state shadowed her presidential candidacy. House Republicans launched their own probe of Clinton after the FBI in July declined to recommend criminal charges. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held several high-profile hearings on her server before the election.
Rudy Giuliani, one of Donald Trump’s most reliable surrogates, says protesters around the nation are exaggerating the fear of a Trump presidency.
The former New York City mayor says he wishes that Hillary Clinton, the former Democratic presidential nominee, and President Barack Obama would say something the protesters.
“I just hope it calms down,” Giuliani says on ABC’s “This Week.”
Trump’s presidential upset win has sparked protests across the United States, with tens of thousands of protesters marching and railing against him.
Giuliani says the protesters should respect the democratic process and calls them “kind of like professional protesters.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the people generating racist graffiti in the wake of Donald Trump’s election are “not Republicans” and “we don’t want them in our party.”
The Wisconsin congressman told CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that, “People should really just put their minds at ease. We are pluralistic, we are inclusive... that’s the kind of country we are still going to have.”
He says he’s “confident Donald Trump feels the same way.”
Ryan was asked about reports or racist graffiti and hate crimes after Tuesday’s presidential election.