Newspaper article Roll Call

President-Elect Donald Trump Announces First Cabinet Picks

Newspaper article Roll Call

President-Elect Donald Trump Announces First Cabinet Picks

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Nov. 9, 2016, ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- President-elect Donald Trump announced his first cabinet selections last night, minutes after the major networks projected him as the winner in Tuesday's election.

Trump, who will become the nation's 45th president when he is inaugurated in January, upset former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, winning 54 percent of the vote and carrying all the swing states. The president-elect did particularly well among older men, union members and the mentally ill.

"I'm a winner and all of you are losers, and I hate losers," Trump said to everyone who didn't vote for him. "And that goes double for you slackers in the media," he added.

The incoming president surprised even his supporters when he announced he had no plans to rebrand the White House as the Trump White House & Casino. In fact, Trump said he won't live in the White House at all, but instead will reside in the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

"It's a really great property, with a terrific spa and first- class service," said the president-elect, who told reporters that instead of being called President Trump, he would prefer to simply be called "The Donald."

"We've had a lot of loser presidents, and, frankly, I don't want to be associated with them. I'm first and foremost The Donald, and I'm a winner," he said, noting, as he did throughout his campaign, that he had never been captured by the North Vietnamese.

Trump has promised to fill his Cabinet with "winners," so perhaps his selection of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura as secretary of State was not so remarkable.

"Let's see how Putin or those Mexicans react when they have to sit across the table from Jesse," laughed Trump, adding that Ventura, who won multiple professional wrestling championships, has agreed to wear wrestling trunks and a boa during all negotiations with foreign diplomats. "We'll scare the crap out of them," The Donald said.

The president-elect announced he would name his daughter, Ivanka, to the nation's top economic job, secretary of the Treasury.

"Nobody knows more about making money than I do, and I taught Ivanka everything I know," said Trump, who acknowledged he made the choice in part because his daughter recently converted to Judaism. …

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