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News Wrap: On transition team, Trump replaces Christie with Pence

November 11, 2016 at 6:50 PM EST
In our news wrap Friday, president-elect Donald Trump announced that Mike Pence would be the new chair of his transition team, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Also, anti-Trump protests continued across the country. In Portland, Oregon, thousands of demonstrators squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks, while officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: President-elect Donald Trump announced a shakeup today at the top of his incoming transition team. Vice president-elect Mike Pence will take over as chair, replacing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who becomes a vice chair.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be among the other vice chairs on the executive committee. Members of the committee also include Mr. Trump’s three older children Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka, as well as Ivanka’s husband, son-in-law Jared Kushner.

In a statement, the president-elect said — quote — “Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation, specifically jobs, security and opportunity.”

And in his first news interview since the election, Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal he is open to keeping some parts of the Affordable Care Act.

We will have more on Mr. Trump’s post-election moves later in the program.

Protesters nationwide spent another night rallying against the president-elect. Demonstrations came to a head in Portland, Oregon, where thousands squared off with police, throwing bottles and rocks. Officers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. They made 26 arrests.

For his part, Mr. Trump tweeted that the protesters were — quote — “very unfair,” but later said he “loved their passion for our great country.”

The United Nations says the Islamic State has carried out a new wave of public killings and atrocities in the Iraqi city of Mosul. It reports that, in the last week, militants executed at least 70 civilians. Some were hung from telephone poles.

Meanwhile, in Geneva, a spokeswoman for the UN said the group could be gearing up to use chemical weapons.

RAVINA SHAMSADANI, UN Spokeswoman: We don’t know when and for what purposes they are stockpiling these, but given what they have done in the past, we are worried about the reasons for their stockpiling of these chemicals in Mosul right now. But we can only speculate how they — they intend to use this.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The announcement comes as Iraqi security forces inched their way into Mosul. They have been slowed by heavy resistance and ISIS fighters using human shields.

Back in this country, President Obama used Veterans Day to call for unity in the wake of a bitter election. Mr. Obama laid a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery. He said Americans should learn from the military in finding ways to come together.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners. It is to find strength in our common creed, to forge unity from our great diversity, to sustain that strength and unity even when it is hard.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, Britain and France commemorated Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I. Prince Harry led a service at the Armed Forces Memorial in England, while French President Francois Hollande laid a wreath at his country’s Tomb of the Unknown.

Stocks were mixed on Wall Street today, but the Dow Jones industrial average closed at a record high, extending its post-election rally for another day. The Dow gained more than 39 points to close at 18847. The Nasdaq rose 28, while the S&P 500 slipped three. For the week, the Dow gained more than 5 percent, its best week since December 2011. Both the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 rose nearly 4 percent.

And Secretary of State John Kerry has become the highest ranking U.S. official to visit Antarctica. He’s spending two days there, meeting with scientists and getting a firsthand look at the impact that climate change has had on the southernmost continent. Kerry is gathering information before he attends a global climate change summit in Morocco on Tuesday.

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