Victory Tour, Round Two

Screen Shot 2016-12-06 at 10.36.39 AMTuesday, December 6, 2016

Good Tuesday morning.
President-elect Donald J. Trump heads out this evening for the first stop in a three-city swing that will take him to Iowa and Michigan later in the week. The tour begins Tuesday night in Fayetteville, N.C., where Mr. Trump is expected to formally announce James N. Mattis as his pick for secretary of defense.
The evening could get interesting. On a similar stop last week, Mr. Trump let slip “a little secret” that he planned to nominate Mr. Mattis, even as aides maintained no decision had been reached on the position. The president-elect also made abundantly clear that he did not intend to moderate his freewheeling style.
Before he leaves New York, the president-elect will have another day of meetings. Mr. Trump’s aides have indicated that they will announce additional cabinet appointments in the coming days, and auditions continue for the top position yet to be filled: secretary of state. Rex W. Tillerson, the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil, will meet with Mr. Trump to discuss the position on Tuesday. (See a list of Mr. Trump’s appointments, as well as open positions, here.)
Also stopping by for meetings are Gov. Terry E. Branstad of Iowa, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser of Washington and Laura Ingraham, the conservative talk radio host whose name has been floated as a possible communications director or press secretary for Mr. Trump’s White House.

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Will Mr. Trump be able to stay on message as he continues his “thank you” tour?
President Obama travels to Tampa, Fla., where he will meet with troops at MacDill Air Force Base and deliver one of his last speeches as president. The subject is to be his counterterrorism strategy.
The Senate is expected to give final approval to a far-reaching medical research bill considered to be one of the most significant legislative achievements of the year.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan is to light the Capitol Christmas tree.
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, center, speaking with President-elect Donald J. Trump from her office in Taipei on Friday.
President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, center, speaking with President-elect Donald J. Trump from her office in Taipei on Friday. Taiwan Presidential Office

When a Phone Call Is not Just a Phone Call

If the United States can provide billions of dollars in sophisticated military weaponry to Taiwan, what’s the big deal about a phone call with the American president-elect?
That is what Mr. Trump mused about after the uproar over his conversation with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan. Others have raised similar questions, given those frigates, missiles and other serious weapons systems sold to Taiwan as recently as last year.
The answer seems to be in the established rituals of international diplomacy. The United States has been arming Taiwan for three decades under the Taiwan Relations Act and the Chinese government lodges a pro forma objection each time. But the sales of mainly defensive weapons have become an established routine between the three governments and China, not particularly worried about Taiwan’s military might, has effectively come to accept them.
In the world of diplomacy, however, the phone call between Mr. Trump and Ms. Tsai could represent a much bigger threat from China’s point of view. Taiwan counts on the weapons sales. But as part of the deal, it accepts that it will not have this kind of high-level diplomatic contact with Washington, to avoid irritating Beijing.
The phone call has upset those rituals, causing consternation in the United States and Asia. This is a case where the phone could be mightier than those refurbished Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates sold to Taiwan.
Read more about the Taiwan controversy here.
Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the majority leader, indicated that he would not support a plan to tax companies that move jobs overseas.

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Former Vice President Al Gore arriving on Monday at Trump Tower in Manhattan to meet with President-elect Donald J. Trump and his daughter Ivanka.

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The Supreme Court. On Monday, justices heard two cases on the drawing of voting districts.

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Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential nominee, at a Monday news conference about her vote recount efforts outside Trump Tower in Manhattan.

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Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn at Trump Tower in Manhattan last month.

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Ben Carson spoke with Donald J. Trump before endorsing him at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Fla., in March.

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An employee working on an assembly line at Tesla, one of Elon Musk’s enterprises.

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Edgar M. Welch, 28, of Salisbury, N.C., surrendered to the police on Sunday in Washington.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York on Monday with a letter he sent to President Obama requesting reimbursement for the cost of protecting President-elect Donald J. Trump at his home and offices in the city.

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City officials formally requested that the federal government repay it for providing security for the president-elect, a cost that officials estimated at $500,000 a day.

Mona Haydar, center, leads guests into a dance during a workshop at a Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom conference at Drew University in Madison, N.J., on Sunday. The group brings together Muslim and Jewish women.

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Nadya Tolokonnikova, a member of the Russian punk band and art collective Pussy Riot, was in Miami Beach last week for Art Basel.

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Roy Cooper with his wife, Kristin, at a watch party on Nov. 9 in Raleigh, N.C. Mr. Cooper, the state attorney general, declared victory on election night, but Pat McCrory’s allies lodged election challenges in dozens of North Carolina counties.

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