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Trump Taps Immigration Hard-Liner Jeff Sessions For Attorney General

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Trump Taps Immigration Hard-Liner Jeff Sessions For Attorney General

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has tapped three senior leaders of his national security and law enforcement teams, choosing Senator Jeff Sessions for attorney general, Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA director and General Mike Flynn as national security adviser, a transition official said on Friday.

The transition official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the announcements would be made formally on Friday.

All three men have accepted Trump’s offer, the official said.

In choosing Sessions as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, Trump would award a loyalist whose hard-line and at times inflammatory statements on immigration were similar to his own. Sessions opposes any path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and was an enthusiastic backer of Trump’s promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico.

Sessions, 69, a former Alabama attorney general and U.S. attorney, has received a telephone call offering him the job, according to CBS News.

Bloomberg reported a Trump aide called Senator Ted Cruz, another possible contender for the job, on Thursday night to tell him Sessions would get the position.

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer, who is involved in the Trump presidential transition, would not confirm the reports on CNN. “Until Donald Trump says it, it’s not official,” Spicer said.

However, Trump’s transition team put out a statement on Thursday praising Sessions after their meeting a day earlier.

“While nothing has been finalized and he is still talking with others as he forms his Cabinet, the president-elect has been unbelievably impressed with Senator Sessions and his phenomenal record as Alabama’s attorney general and U.S. attorney,” the statement said.

An Army veteran, Sessions is a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of its Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

The 20-year congressional veteran could face resistance as he seeks Senate confirmation.

In 1986, Sessions became only the second nominee in 50 years to be denied confirmation as a federal judge after allegations that he had made racist remarks. Those included testimony that in 1986 he had called an African-American prosecutor “boy,” an allegation Sessions denied.

Sessions said he was not a racist, but said at his hearing that groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union could be considered “un-American.”

(Reporting by Steve Holland, Patricia Zengerle, Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

IMAGE: Donald Trump sits with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., October 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

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16 Comments

  1. Grannysmovin November 18, 2016

    Oh shock he appointed another racist in to his crooked Racist, bigoted, xenophobic, misogynist, self-proclaimed sexual assaulter’s administration.

    Reply
    1. AgLander November 18, 2016

      Is it true that if you hear the wind blowing outside, you call it a racist wind?

      1. Grannysmovin November 18, 2016

        No the wind is free and inclusive of all people. I call people like you, Crooked Trumpy Dumpy and the the ones he is putting into his administration a Racist, bigoted, xenophobic, misogynist, supporters of self-proclaimed sexual assaulter. Troll away

        1. AgLander November 19, 2016

          Are tornadoes and cyclones inclusive of all people?
          I think not because they select targeted areas for their racism and bigotry. Add winds to your big war chest of racists, Granny liberal!

      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 18, 2016

        No, it’s just you blowing hot air. Please brush your teeth.

  2. RED November 18, 2016

    What a piece of garbage!! I would say that a slight bit of good news is this sick puke won’t represent me state anymore. Then I remember there’s a long line of garbage waiting right behind him. This morons really are gonna bring down our country, they really are gonna turn it in to fighting in the streets until it just collapses. They can’t help it. First off they’re morons, best schools or not, they live in a bubble have no idea what is happening outside of their Ayn Rand whacko nutjob fantasies. Also, to them dissent is heresy to be crushed. Be prepared s best you can, sadly I’m not any of us will escape the damage Trump and these worthless pieces of garbage are about to do. I can’t believe nearly half our country thinks that the people who robbed them in the first place are now gonna give everything back, it’s ridiculous!

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    1. AgLander November 18, 2016

      You don’t have to like it BUT you do have to accept it grasshopper!

      1. iamproteus November 18, 2016

        Says who? You, the Trump buttlicker? You’re as slimy as he is!

  3. FireBaron November 18, 2016

    Man, his entire crew is a selection of the clueless, isolationist, racist, misogynist, reactionary wing that makes most Tea Party members looks like flaming liberals.

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    1. AgLander November 18, 2016

      Don’t you have a sedition activity to attend?

  4. Aaron_of_Portsmouth November 18, 2016

    The calcification of American governance continues, and has even accelerated, thanks in large part to Trump, racialism, out-dated nationalism, and the GOP.
    Trump’s hardening of the heart and mind began as a youth, with a similar build-up of abnormal perceptions by a large swath of America.

    Where are the “tokens”? At the very least, there must be some qualified token to be appointed, aside from one who wisely declined, to join the menagerie so far assembled.

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    1. AgLander November 18, 2016

      Meanwhile at Aaron’s beloved Muscat, Oman
      Temperature is 71 degrees at 1:16AM local time.
      Christians continue to live under rules making them second class citizens.
      Muslim women continue to be looked upon as property owned by their manly Muslim husbands who love to dominate them..

  5. AgLander November 18, 2016

    Outstanding pick! The journey to make America great again continues!

    Reply
  6. Lone Star Ray November 19, 2016

    Aw Dem’s are too cute.

    The Dem’s changed the rules three years ago, and only a simple majority is required for presidential appointees except of SCOTUS.

    Remember – “Elections have consequences, and at the end of the day, I won.” – President Obama to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, January 23, 2009.

    Reply
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    http://chilp.it/8d93f4b

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