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Obama Congratulates Trump, His Aides Glare At Him

| by Michael Allen

President Barack Obama congratulated President-elect Donald Trump from the White House on Nov. 9 as many of his own aides glared with disapproval.

Obama praised the Bush administration for its smooth transition to his presidency, and said his team would do the same for Trump, adding: "We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading this country."

 Many of the White House aides were grim-faced, The Washington Post noted, and some were crying: "None of the reporters could recall seeing so many with such grim and somber expressions."

Trump has vowed to reverse Obama's executive orders, repeal Obama's signature health care law and assign a special prosecutor to target and jail his rival, former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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BuzzFeed News leaked a list of potential cabinet picks from Trump’s transition team.

Former Republican Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska could be the secretary of the interior. Palin has longed called for opening up the protected Alaskan Wilderness for oil drilling, and suggested in 2009 that natural gas drilling was a way to combat global warming.

Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who once expressed his anger over 46 Million Americans being aided by food stamps, is a potential director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Possible Trump picks for attorney general include former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey whose top aide Bridget Anne Kelly, was recently found guilty in the "Bridgegate" scandal, as was Christie appointee Bill Baroni, a Port Authority official. Christie is also up for commerce secretary and homeland security secretary.

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Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr. of California is a possible Trump choice for secretary of defense. Hunter proposed an amendment to the defense spending bill in April that required women to register for the draft. Hunter then opposed his own amendment, which he said was meant to protest gender integration of the military.

Former GOP candidate Ben Carson could be under consideration as the secretary of education and secretary of health and human services. Carson said in 2015 that he opposes abortion for rape and incest victims.

Sources: The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News / Photo credit: David Nakamura/Instagram

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