If you only read one thing: Donald Trump ran his campaign against the Washington establishment, using the rallying cry “drain the swamp” in the final weeks. But the people shaping Trump’s administration are consummate insiders. From New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the transition chairman, to the heads of agency transition teams, Trump is relying on many of the same lobbyists and well-connected individuals he railed against just a week ago. Their impact on policy remains to be seen, but Trump’s transition website offers a glimpse at what he has planned, which is a conservative grab bag.
President Barack Obama welcomed President-Elect Trump to the White House Thursday, and their meeting was about as awkward as you might have expected. The 90-minute session concluded with the pair making brief statements of praise for the other. But White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said nothing has changed about the President’s opinion that Trump is unqualified to be his successor.
What conservatives want Trump to do. Zuckerberg rejects blame for Clinton defeat. And Trump enters the President’s Club.
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They may have been adversaries. But their White House summit follows a long tradition [TIME]
Hours after initial tweet calling protests against his election “very unfair” [TIME]
The two men did not “recreate a presidential debate” in the Oval Office [TIME]
Veterans of two Bush administrations and Romney transition lay the groundwork for his presidency. [Politico]
It remains to be seen how much of it he’ll grant [TIME]
“I have been very encouraged by the, I think, interest in President-elect Trump’s wanting to work with my team around many of the issues that this great country faces. And I believe that it is important for all of us, regardless of party and regardless of political preferences, to now come together, work together, to deal with the many challenges that we face.” —President Barack Obama
“I very much look forward to dealing with the President in the future, including counsel.” —President-Elect Donald Trump after meeting with President Barack Obama
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