News Wrap: Stein continues fundraising for swing-state vote recounts
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JOHN YANG: President-elect Trump returned to work at the Trump Tower in New York City today, where he’s assembling a Cabinet.
Mr. Trump’s team got back to business after the Thanksgiving holiday.
MIKE PENCE (R), Vice President-Elect: Going to be a busy week. Get ready. Buckle up.
JOHN YANG: Perhaps keeping an eye on Wisconsin, where election officials approved a recount. In less than a week, Green Party nominee Jill Stein raised more than $6.5 million for recounts in Wisconsin, in Pennsylvania, where Stein filed paperwork today, and in Michigan, which just today certified its election result, an 11,000-vote win for Mr. Trump.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is now part of the recount effort. Last week, Stein told the “NewsHour” the point isn’t to change the outcome.
JILL STEIN, Green Party Presidential Nominee: I don’t think that’s likely, and this is not being done to benefit one candidate at the expense of the other.
JOHN YANG: The president-elect made his own election claim, tweeting that millions of people voted illegally, but offered no evidence.
Today, the focus was on the transition. Former CIA Director David Petraeus visited. Tomorrow, a second meeting with Mitt Romney, once a vocal Trump critic. Both are among those mentioned for secretary of state.
One top Trump adviser is openly campaigning against Romney.
KELLYANNE CONWAY, Senior Adviser, Trump Transition Team: People feel betrayed to think that Governor Romney, who went out of his way to question the character and the intellect and the integrity of Donald Trump, now our president-elect, would be given the most prominent Cabinet post of all, secretary of state.
JOHN YANG: A message she said she’s also delivered in private.
In the day’s other news: Russia’s Defense Ministry estimates that the Syrian regime forces now control about 40 percent of rebel-held Eastern Aleppo, after days of heavy fighting. Government troops, backed by Russian airstrikes, captured a key neighborhood today, putting much of the city’s north in their hands for the first time in four years.
Meanwhile, thousands of residents have fled the area, as aid groups warn of an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis.
Cuba is in mourning today for its late leader Fidel Castro. The 90-year-old died Friday night, after being in ill health for years. Today, thousands lined up in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution to pay their respects at a memorial for the man who ruled their country for nearly half-a-century.
We will have more on Castro’s death and what it may mean for Cuba’s future later in the program.
Back in this country, a knife-wielding attacker wounded at least 11 people at Ohio State University in Columbus. Authorities said the man was a student there and of Somali descent. He rammed his car into a crowd, and then stabbed people with a butcher knife, before being shot dead by police. Dozens of officers rushed to the scene, while the campus of some 60,000 students was put on lockdown for several hours.
MICHAEL DRAKE, President, Ohio State University: We don’t know anything that would link this to any community. We certainly don’t have any evidence that would say that is the case.
And what we want to do is really unify together, support each other, do our best to support those who were injured in their recovery, and then allow the investigation to take place.
JOHN YANG: Police are now investigating the suspect’s motive, including whether it was an act of terrorism.
The suspect in the Charleston church shooting will be allowed to represent himself at his trial. Dylann Roof made that request, against his lawyers’ advice. The trial judge granted it, but called Roof’s decision unwise. The 22-year-old is accused of killing nine black parishioners last year. Meanwhile, jury selection got under way. Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
And stocks tumbled on Wall Street today, as the post-election market rally appeared to ease. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 54 points to close just under 19098. The Nasdaq fell 30 points, and the S&P 500 slipped 11.