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President-elect Donald Trump takes a question from a member of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Trump on Thursday abruptly called for the United States “greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capacity” to the rest of the world “comes to its senses” with regard to nuclear weapons. Trump said on Twitter and not to expand on the actions that he wants the US to take or the problems he sees in the world. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Latest news of President-elect, Donald Trump (all times are local):

10:35 pm

Donald Trump is the kick-off of Christmas by attending midnight services at an Episcopal church in Palm Beach, Florida.

The president-elect and his wife, Melania, arrived Saturday evening in the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea. The soon-to-be first couple married in the church in 2005.

Trump has accused the increase in the use of the term “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” as a sign that Christianity is under attack. As president, he said, he will reverse the trend.

The president-elect is spending the holiday in Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago, where he has been holding meetings with executives, consultants and managers.

Trump tweeted wishes for a “Happy Hanukkah” earlier Saturday.


9:25 pm

The Democratic National Committee has criticized President-elect Donald Trump for not doing more to address potential conflicts of interest as he prepares to assume the presidency.

Trump said Saturday that he dissolution of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, middle of the efforts to potential conflicts of interest.

In response, the Democratic National Committee, is an underestimation of Trump’s move as “a withered fig leaf to cover the remaining conflicts of interest and his sad record of donations to charity.”

The declaration of the Democratic y spokesperson Eric Walker also says that the conclusion of a charity “is no substitute for the shedding of his commercial and that the assets in a blind trust.” The party says to do is “the only way to guarantee that the separation between the Trumpet of the administration and the Trumpet business.”


7:55 pm

One of Donald Trump’s senior communications staff says that he is not the job of the White House communications director.

Jason Miller said in a statement Saturday that he has decided not to accept the role offered to him by the Trumpet, so that he can spend more time with his family.

Miller was one of the main spokesmen for Trump’s transition team. He says that he and his wife are expecting their second daughter in January, and “this is not the right time to start a new job.”

He says that after spending the past week with his family, “it is clear that they need it to be my highest priority at this time.”

Miller says that he has given all his responsibilities to incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who will serve as communications director and press secretary.


5:05 pm

Donald Trump says that the decision of the United Nations condemns the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, “it will be much harder to negotiate peace.”

The president-elect took to Twitter on Saturday, a day after the U. N. security council vote on the settlements.

Trump says that the decision is “unfortunate, but we get it done.”

Trump did not go in, but a move by the Obama administration to abstain from Friday’s U. N. vote brushes in addition to Trump’s demands that the U.S. exercise of its veto, and a climax for the year of the frosty relationship with Israel’s leadership.

Trump told The Associated Press a year ago that he wanted to be “very neutral” on Israel-Palestinian issues. But his tone on the issue was decidedly pro-Israel as the presidential campaign progressed. He has spoken contemptuously of the Palestinians, who say that they are “acquired” by or condone militant groups.


5 hours

President-elect Donald Trump says he will release the Donald J. Trump Foundation, middle of the efforts to address any conflicts of interest before he takes office next month.

Trump said in a statement Saturday that his charitable foundation, “has done enormously good work over the years, contributing millions of dollars to countless groups, including the support of veterans, police and children.”

He said that given the conflicts of interest, he will pursue philanthropic efforts in other ways, without specifying how he would do it.

Trump said he directed his legal counsel to take the necessary steps to implement the dissolution.

The revelation comes a day after Trump complained about the fact that his son, Eric would abandon the idea of his charitable foundation due to conflicts of interest.


3 hours

President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to expand America’s nuclear capacity, while at the same time, urges Russia to prevent an “alternative path” the way of stability and cooperation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a letter to Trump, that “the relations between Russia and the US continue to be an important factor in ensuring the stability and security in the modern world.”

Trump said in a comment that he hopes that “both parties are able to have these thoughts, and we don’t need to travel to an alternate path.”

The exchange comes after both Trump and Putin talked about the need to strengthen their countries’ nuclear arsenals.

Tensions are mounting between the U.S. and Russia in the past months after the FBI and the CIA, said Moscow’s intervention in the presidential elections with the aim of supporting Trump.

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