Trump picks conservative loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

Trump picks conservative loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

President-elect Donald Trump signaled a sharp rightward shift in USA national security policy Friday, naming Alabama Sen.

Sellers - who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of SC this year - said that all of Trump's potential cabinet picks have issues, but "the most troubling appointment thus far has to be Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions to serve as attorney general".

All three have been fierce critics of President Barack Obama's handling of terrorism and global relations.

From his first day in office, Mr. Sessions will have the power to strip some federal funding from sanctuary cities, thanks to rulings this year by the Justice Department's inspector general, who said federal law requires localities to cooperate with immigration agents - and who provided an initial list of a handful of the worst offenders.

Pompeo has called for National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to receive the death penalty.

Like Trump, Flynn has called for the U.S.to work more closely with Moscow.

Flynn raised eyebrows when he traveled to Moscow and dined alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Mr Flynn said he had been paid for taking part in the event and brushed aside concerns that he was aiding a Russian propaganda effort.

President-elect Donald Trump faces a daunting challenge as he prepares for his move to the White House: Selecting the men and women who will fill his administration.

And yet these days the AP is busy cranking out stories about Sessions' "racial issues" and claiming that he's facing "a tough senate confirmation", even though he has already garnered bi-partisan support and Republicans clearly have the votes to confirm him. In 1986 then-President Reagan picked him to be a federal district judge, but Democrats, joined by several Republicans, accused him of racist tendencies during his time as USA attorney, and scuttled his nomination in the Judiciary Committee. Sessions denied the accusation, but withdrew from consideration.

Sessions has tangled with the past two Democratic attorneys general on whether terrorism suspects deserve American constitutional rights in civilian court and on the planned closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Civil rights attorney and founder of the Black American Leadership Alliance Leah Durant said Sessions "has been a leader in the fight for preserving American jobs and ensuring opportunities for African American workers".

He also has been a fierce critic of Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, which granted Tehran sanctions relief for rolling back its nuclear weapons program.

Pompeo graduated top of his class in from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1986 and went on to earn a degree from Harvard University where he edited the prestigious Harvard Law Review. But he has broadly accused American Muslim leaders of "silence" in response to terror attacks hundreds of them have actually condemned; this so-called silence, he said, makes "Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts".

The man Trump nominated Friday as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, won bipartisan praise.

Kansas lawmaker Pompeo, 52, co-authored a report slamming then-secretary of state Clinton's handling of the Benghazi attack, in which the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans died.

Pompeo has heavily criticized the landmark Iran nuclear deal, blasted Hillary Clinton over the attack on a USA diplomatic outpost in Libya and her use of a private email server and has said former National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is a traitor who deserves a death sentence.

President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney met on Saturday at the billionaire's golf club in New Jersey, both emerging with smiles and a public handshake but no word on what, if any, role the 2012 Republican might play in the new administration.

"President-elect Trump has said on multiple occasions that he respects states' right to establish their own marijuana policies", said Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project.

Trump posted a similar Tweet Saturday evening, only to later delete it. Staffers did not immediately respond to an email asking why.

The two began mending fences after Trump's victory when Romney called with congratulations.