Trump’s Team Starts to Take Shape

MICHAEL D. SHEAR AND CARL HULSE Monday, November 14, 2016Screen Shot 2016-11-14 at 8.26.56 AM

Good Monday morning. 
President-elect Donald J. Trump has made his picks for his top behind-the-scenes advisers. Those may turn out to be the easy ones.
Picking a fight? It wouldn’t be the first time.
Mr. Trump’s next task is to choose people who will serve as the principal public faces of his administration — the ones who articulate Mr. Trump’s vision to the public and defend it against critics at home and abroad.
Those jobs include secretary of state, Mr. Trump’s emissary to the world; attorney general, who will personalize Mr. Trump’s definition of justice; and defense secretary, who will wage war, if necessary, for the new president. He will also have to choose a White House press secretary, who will spar with the news media.
Mr. Trump did not have to ask for Senate permission to pick Reince Priebus as chief of staff and Stephen K. Bannon as chief strategist. (And he can name whomever he wants as his press officer.) But the top three cabinet jobs are all subject to a confirmation vote, and that could lead to trouble.
The president-elect will have to decide whether to send up consensus nominees who are likely to pass bipartisan muster, or to challenge the Washington establishment with novel or controversial picks.
The decision on which way to go may spark the first internal fight between Mr. Priebus and Mr. Bannon, who see the political world in very different ways.
The House returns. Don’t get your hopes up.
The House returns on Monday for the postelection session, and lawmakers have a lot of work ahead of them to finish this year’s business and prepare for what is shaping up to be a tumultuous 2017 under the Trump administration.
The No. 1 priority for the lame-duck session will be to find a way to fund the government into next year. Also on the agenda are the annual Pentagon policy bill and perhaps a major funding measure for health care research.
But the chances for other big accomplishments all but evaporated with the election of Mr. Trump. Republicans, who control the House and the Senate, feel little pressure to act and would prefer to wait until their party occupies the White House in January. Much of the time will be spent setting strategy for 2017.
Where the real intrigue lies: a vote on Pelosi.
The prospect of a Republican challenge to Speaker Paul D. Ryan has faded in the wake of Mr. Trump’s election, as Republicans try to provide a united front after the voting.
The more interesting party to watch in leadership elections this week might be the Democrats in the House. They badly underperformed on Election Day, and allies of Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, have been busy trying to limit unrest over her continuing tenure.
She is expected to remain leader, but she needs to address rank-and-file frustration with life in the minority.
Democrat vs. Democrat on what to say about Trump.
Members of the Senate will be trickling back into Washington on Monday before the first vote in that chamber on Tuesday.
Will Democrats back Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, in the diatribe he unleashed against Mr. Trump last week, or will they join Senator Joe Manchin III, Democrat of West Virginia, in condemning Mr. Reid’s remarks?
Reince Priebus at Trump Tower on Saturday.

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The appointments created rival centers of power and elevated the voice of Mr. Bannon, whose website, Breitbart News, has traded in conspiracy theories and sometimes racist messages.

President-elect Donald J. Trump during a meeting with the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, last week on Capitol Hill.

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The president-elect said his immigration priority was to deport up to three million undocumented immigrants rather than 11 million and that his border wall might be a fence in places.

Marine One, with President Obama aboard, leaving the White House in August. His successor, Donald J. Trump, has promised immediate changes upon his arrival.

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Donald J. Trump has vowed to redirect immigration enforcement, alter trade relations with China, impose new rules on lobbyists, lift curbs on guns and demand a new strategy for defeating the Islamic State.

President-elect Donald J. Trump and his children, along with Mike Pence and wife Karen, at a pre-election rally in New Hampshire last week.

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Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, said it would be “unrealistic” for Mr. Trump to remove his children from his business empire. Ethics experts said the remarks were misguided.

Obama Heads Overseas, Where Topic of Trump Will Follow Him


On Monday, the president will begin a trip that will take him to Germany, Greece and Peru. At every stop, he is sure to be asked how he got the election so wrong.

The Guantánamo Bay prison in March. President-elect Donald J. Trump has said American terrorism suspects should be sent there for military prosecution.

Harsher Security Tactics? Obama Left Door Ajar, and Trump Is Knocking


President Obama imposed self-constraints on his use of power in the war on terrorism, but his flexible approach gives Mr. Trump “a fully loaded weapon,” one critic said.

President Obama at his inauguration ceremony in 2009.

Historians Assess Obama’s Legacy Under Trump’s Shadow


Political scholars offering the “first historical assessment” of the Obama presidency gathered to make revisions after the stunning election.

Representative Tom Cole said that the election of Donald J. Trump has buoyed his party, which sees an opportunity to further its conservative agenda. “It has been roses and sunshine. It’s unbelievable,” the Republican from Oklahoma said.

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The House Freedom Caucus, often at odds with the G.O.P.’s leadership, faces a struggle to maintain its influence after the election.

Larry Flynt, center, publisher of Hustler magazine, and the Rev. Jerry Falwell, right, with Larry King on the set of his CNN show in 1996.

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In a word, yes. But if established procedures to alter laws hold, it would be extremely difficult, requiring Supreme Court action or a change in the Constitution.

Runners watched the sunrise over the Washington Monument from the Lincoln Memorial on Election Day. Donald J. Trump’s effect on the city is difficult to predict.

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President Obama’s arrival in Washington coincided with an urban renaissance, an influx of young people and an explosion in restaurants. Many there worry that Mr. Trump’s arrival will reverse those trends.

Supporters of Donald J. Trump at his election night party in New York last week.

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Reporters for The New York Times spoke with people across the United States to try to understand the issues that split voters before the election, and today.