Trump announces appointments amid ’60 Minutes’ interview

President-elect Donald Trump is making his first two key appointments as he continues his transition to the White House

Donald Trump gives his first post-election interview to '60 Minutes.'
Courtesy: CBS News


(CBS News) – President-elect Donald Trump is making his first two key appointments as he continues his transition to the White House.

On Sunday, Trump officially named Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff. The selection came as the President-elect gave his first post-election broadcast interview to CBS’s “60 Minutes.”

Trump’s first two appointments to his administration are drawing reaction from both sides of the aisle.

Late Sunday, Republicans Lindsay Graham and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise both applauded Reince Priebus’ elevation to Chief of Staff.

Democrats were less enthusiastic about Right-wing media mogul, Steve Bannon being chosen as Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor.

A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said the choice signals that “White Supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s White House.”

Appearing on CNN, House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke about the appointment:

“I don’t know Steve Bannon. I have no concerns. I trust Donald’s judgement, and I think he is going to pick who he thinks will best serve him,” Ryan said.

Trump’s appointments came amid his first post-election interview to Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes.”

He stood firm on his vow to choose conservative Supreme Court Justices who could overturn Roe versus Wade.

“If it ever were overturned, It would go back to the states,’ Trump said.

Stahl: “Well, then some women won’t be able to get an abortion.”

Trump: “Well then perhaps they will have to go to another state.”

Trump appeared to soften on his campaign pledge to build a wall along the Mexico/U.S. border.

Stahl: “They are talking about a fence in the Republican Congress. Would you accept a fence?”

Trump: “For certain areas, I would but for certain areas a wall is more appropriate.”

On the issue of appointing a prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s email practices, Trump said a decision on that will come later.

“I’m gonna think about it. They’re good people, I don’t want to hurt them,” Trump said.

Inauguration Day is just 66 days away.

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