NEW YORK – The Trump transition team announced on Wednesday that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has accepted the offer to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad is a longstanding friend of Beijing. Diplomats and trade experts say the pick may help to ease trade tensions between the two countries, the world’s two biggest agricultural producers. In addition, CBS News is reporting that Trump plans to nominate retired Marine General John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly, the former head of the U.S. Southern Command, has accepted the offer, CBS said, citing unidentified sources. Reuters has not independently confirmed the choice. Kelly, 66, would be the third general Trump has tapped for a high-level position in his administration. The Republican president-elect planned to nominate retired General James Mattis to lead the Department of Defense and picked retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn to be his national security adviser. Kelly differed with Democratic President Barack Obama on key issues and has warned of vulnerabilities along the United States’ southern border with Mexico. As head of the U.S. Southern Command, his final leadership post in a 45-year military career, Kelly was responsible for U.S. military activities and relationships in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Department of Homeland Security has 229,000 employees and oversees everything from airport security to protecting against cyber threats and responding to domestic crises.
WASHINGTON, D.C. In what was considered an overall victorious week for conservatives the U.S. Supreme Court handed down several decisions that sided with religious liberties, temporary reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and […]
UNITED NATIONS – When President Donald Trump takes the world stage at the United Nations for the first time this week, he will share the spotlight with his envoy Nikki Haley, who has emerged as the public […]
RALEIGH Lawmakers are preparing to return to Raleigh for a December 13 special session called Friday by Governor Pat McCrory. The N.C. General Assembly will address recovery measures after massive flooding in the wake […]