Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that he would leave his “great business in total” before moving into the Oval Office, promising further details about his efforts to avoid conflicts of interest as he becomes the nation’s 45th president.
It is unclear whether the steps Mr. Trump is prepared to take would be enough to satisfy ethics experts who say that putting his children in charge of the business would not be enough to ensure that his official decisions are independent of his personal financial ones. His daughter Ivanka has attended several meetings with heads of state since the election, and she would be one of the main officers of the Trump Organization.
Last week, Mr. Trump said that presidents “can’t have a conflict of interest” and that it would be extremely difficult to sell his businesses because they are real estate holdings.
Trump highlights ISIS claims about Ohio State Attack.
Mr. Trump, in his now-familiar early-morning Twitter presence, let the world know his thoughts about the recent Ohio State University attack, in which a man intentionally rammed a car into pedestrians on a busy campus sidewalk and then slashed passers-by with a butcher knife:
It is, naturally, more complicated than that. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, did call the attacker, identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a Somali-born Ohio State student, a “soldier” of the terrorist group. But technically, it was his mother who was admitted to the United States as a refugee in 2014.
And law enforcement officers are still working to determine if the assailant acted alone and if the assault was an act of terrorism. The president-elect is full of surprises, but absent a big one, expect him to announce this morning that he has tapped the hedge fund operator Steven Mnuchin to be his Treasury secretary and the billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as his Commerce secretary.
With Republicans expected to hold 52 seats in the Senate, blocking confirmation would be difficult, but Democrats signaled that both men would face tough questioning.
Mr. Mnuchin’s time atop a Los Angeles bank known for its foreclosures will definitely come up, as suggested in comments by Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.
Speaking of Trump’s children …
Eric Trump took a quick trip to Turkey, according to reports in newspapers there, for a deer-hunting excursion near Antalya, a Turkish resort city know for its yacht-filled Old Harbor, beaches and luxury hotels.
That the visit this week was at the invitation of a Turkish businessman, who was not identified. Turkish authorities provided special guards, the newspaper reported, in addition to security that Mr. Trump had with him.
One Turkish news account said that Mr. Trump “pursued and shot two wild deer.”
The Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.
Pelosi is in for a scare.
Representative Nancy Pelosi, Democratic of California, is the clear favorite to win an eighth term as leader of the House Democrats in Wednesday morning’s leadership election, but the secret ballot may yield more votes for her challenger, Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, than she anticipated a few weeks ago.
Ms. Pelosi has been under fire from many in her party every election year since the Democrats lost control of the House in 2010, and the victory of Mr. Trump in Rust Belt states has led many to clamor for a leadership that is younger and perhaps not from one of the coasts.
Moving fast on the Trump team.
Merrick B. Garland never came close to getting a hearing on his nomination in March to the Supreme Court. But Republicans cannot seem to move fast enough when it comes to some members of the incoming Trump administration.
Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader who shut down the Supreme Court confirmation process, is promising to conduct speedy hearings and to have some nominees ready for a vote on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, deference that has been afforded to past incoming presidents, including President Obama. The hearings will technically occur before the nominations can be made, since that requires Mr. Trump to be in office.
“Even though there’s a lot going on that day, we hope to be able to vote on and confirm a number of the president’s selections for the cabinet so he can get started,” Mr. McConnell told reporters.
Democrats aren’t so sure, particularly when it comes to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama as attorney general.
In a letter to Senator Charles E. Grassley, the Iowa Republican who leads the mon the panel said they wanted assurances that the hearings would be “fair and thorough.” That is congressional code for “this might take a while so don’t try to rush us.” A Sessions showdown could be one of the first tests of wills of the transition next year.
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