Monday , February 18 2019

Trump Fills Three Senior Positions with Security, Hard line Radicals

WASHINGTON : Presidentelect Donald Trump began to take shape on Friday, with three Conservatives appointed to hold important national security and justice posts – predictable appointments welcomed on the right and condemned by the Democrats.

US President-elect Donald Trump with Senator Jeff Sessions

Anti-Immigration Senator Jeff Sessions, one of Trump’s earliest supporters during the campaign, was appointed attorney general, signaling that Trump is ready to take his tough line on illegal immigration to the White House.

To head the CIA, Trump defeated Hawaii MP Mike Pompeo, a strident opponent of Iran’s nuclear accord and an acute critic of Trump Hillary Clinton’s campaign rivalry during the hearings in the 2012 US Mission Attack In Benghazi, Libya.

The deputy commander-in-chief also appointed retired Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn, a prominent military advisor to the Republican rebel billionaire, who became his world leader, as a national security adviser.

“I admire with enthusiasm the vision of Presidentelect Trump for” one America “and his commitment to equal justice under the law,” said Sessions, a 20-year veteran at Congress .

Trump described Sessions in a statement as having a “world-class legal mind.”

While his choices suggest he adheres to far-right positions, Trump has made efforts to send reassuring signals about stability and continuity regarding America’s place in the world.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Friday he had a “good conversation” with Trump over the phone, telling AFP in Brussels that he was “absolutely confident” that the new president remains committed to the alliance transatlantic.

Pompeo, 52, said he would be “honored and humiliated” to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

The Kansas legislator co-authored a report that struck Secretary of State Clinton at the Benghazi aggression, in which the US ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died.

Flynn, 57, will play an influential role in shaping the policy of a president without government experience or diplomacy, including how to face an increasingly aggressive Russia.

Flynn raised his eyebrows when he traveled to Moscow and dined alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And he refused to exclude improved interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which were described as torture and that Trump tolerated several times during the campaign.

Flynn’s tough stance on Islamic extremism has enervated many. In February, he tweeted that “the fear of Muslims is rational.”

He is highly respected as a decorated military intelligence officer who helped to fight the insurgent networks. But President Barack Obama dismissed him as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 following complaints about his leadership style.

The appointment of Flynn does not need to be approved by the Senate.

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But the Sessions as an Attorney General does, and he has baggage: the racist comments he made in the 1980s and which once cost him a chance for a job for life as a federal judge.

In 1986, Sessions said an eminent white lawyer was a “shame to his race” to defend African Americans.

He also reportedly joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying that he had thought his members were “OK, until I discovered they smoked pot.

Sessions was also a fierce opponent of immigration, leading the war on efforts to pass a comprehensive immigration reform through Congress in 2007 and 2013.

MP Chuck Schumer, who will be the Democratic Premier of the House in January, warned that Sessions could have a confirming fight on his hands.

“Given some of his past statements and his strong opposition to immigration reform, I am very concerned about what he would do with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice,” said Mr. Schumer .

The appointments took place one day after the president-elect met for the first time a foreign leader: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Some American allies were shaken by the comments of the Trump campaign that asked whether it would maintain US loyalty to joint security agreements and free trade agreements.

Abe said after their New York meeting that he could have “great confidence” in Trump as US leader.

Trump Friday left the Big Apple behind for his exclusive golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey just as broken news that he had reached a $ 25 million settlement in the group lawsuits accusing his late Trump University of fraud.

The affair had been a cloud during his campaign for months, and the affair saved him the embarrassment of new legal quarrels as he formed his government.

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