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  • President-elect, Donald Trump, center, accompanied by the Trumpet of Chief-of-Staff, Reince Priebus, right, and Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, a senior adviser to Trump, left, takes a question from a member of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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  • FILE – In this Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, President-elect, Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Trump ‘s most important advisors to see Democrats’ complaints that Moscow hacked their private e-mails of this election season as a case of sour grapes. The pushback is the harbinger of the Electoral College votes, Monday, Dec. 19, which is expected to officially Trump’s election to win. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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  • FILE – In this Nov. 11, 2016 file photo, Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the President-elect, Donald Trump, at Trump Tower in New York. Ivanka Trump is ready to take on the usually minor role of first daughter of a major makeover. After playing a major role in the campaign for President-elect, Donald Trump, the 35-year-old following steps have to be carefully monitored. She is attending the transition meetings with high profile figures such as the Japanese premier and Kanye West, has begun with the calling of the congress members about the things that she argues for campaign and recently made a scouting trip to Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

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2:04 pm

Donald Trump says the truck ramming attack on the market in Berlin is an “attack on humanity and it must be stopped.”

The president-elect made the comments in a short note to journalists his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after a top-secret security briefing. He said that the violence in Germany confirms its assessment of Islamic-inspired threats.

He said: “all along, I have been proven to be right,” adding that he is “100 percent correct.”

With Asset during the Wednesday in the comments on his choice for national security adviser, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, and his incoming White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus.

Trump also said that he spoke to President Barack Obama two days ago, but not since then.

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11:31 pm

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s controversial first campaign manager, is starting a political consulting firm and will not join the Trump administration.

But Lewandowski will not be far away. His new venture, Avenue Strategies, will be located about a block from the White House.

Lewandowski led Trump’s campaign by his unlikely victory in the Republican primary, but he clashed with the president-elect of the family and was fired. Still, he remains close to Trump and says that he is considered to be “multiple opportunities within the administration.”

Lewandowski is the formation of the company with Barry Bennett, a former adviser to Ben Carson, Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Bennett also briefly advised the Trump campaign.

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10:46 pm

A Democratic senator is questioning President-elect, Donald Trump’s pick for minister of finance about his vow to undo a number of financial arrangements and its share in a bank that profited from the foreclosure crisis.

In a letter Wednesday, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown asked 11 questions to Steve Mnuchin, the former Goldman Sachs executive. The questions range from the question of whether he would be a strong defender of the Dodd-Frank law that sets the financial regulations after the 2008 economic crisis, or OneWest bank, which foreclosed on thousands of homeowners after the housing crisis, got help from the FDIC.

Mnuchin, the head of a group of investors who are in the possession of the bank, which foreclosed on more than 36,000 families in California alone — the most in minority neighborhoods, according to the California Reinvestment Coalition. Brown is on the Senate Finance Committee, which will consider Mnuchin the nomination.

This story has been corrected to indicate that Brown is on the Senate Finance Committee, which will take into account the Mnuchin nomination. An earlier version said he was not on that committee.

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10:35 pm

A leader of Donald Trump’s transition, says the president-elect is no longer interested in his slogan “drain the swamp” of Washington.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich says that his understanding is that Trump “now is the only but denies that. He says now, it was fun, but he doesn’t want to use more.” Gingrich made the comment in an interview that aired Wednesday on National Public Radio.

Trump has said that he never loved the meaning. But it still has a popular feature on his post-election tour. And his aides say he remains committed to the underlying swamp-draining of the policy, such as the prohibition of outgoing Trump transition and the administration of the members from lobbying for five years.

Transition spokesman Jason Miller said that Trump’s ” ethics reform of the policy is in full swing.” Miller added of the new president and his team: “We are going to change the way business is done in Washington and start putting the American people first.”

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7:20 pm

The Israeli ambassador to the United States are urging the incoming Trump administration to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Trump and his candidate to be U.S. ambassador to Israel promised to move the embassy. But previous Republican presidents have made that promise without following through.

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer says it would be a “big step forward” for peace. He tells a Hanukkah reception at the Israeli embassy in Washington that it is sending a “strong message against the delegitimization of Israel.”

The USA and nearly every other country have their embassies in Tel Aviv. Israel considers Jerusalem its capital, but the Palestinians claim part of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

AMERICAN presidents have repeatedly waived a law requiring the embassy move.

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2:40 pm

Donald Trump’s children can see his move to the White House as a way to raise money for pet causes.

Two recent fundraising places with the incoming first family were intended to benefit charities. But they have also raised the possibility of the Trumps are inappropriate selling of access.

Eric Trump tried to auction coffee with his sister, Ivanka, to raise money for the children’s hospital. Eric and Donald Trump Jr. are called as part of a fundraiser that offered the chance to rub elbows with their father during the Inauguration weekend.

These events include the dissolution as soon as they are published, which suggests that the family is learning on the fly what’s acceptable.

The Ivanka Trump tea is cancelled. And at the Inauguration, Hope Hicks, a Trump spokeswoman, said that the “sons” are not involved.”

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Afternoon:

President-elect Donald Trump is considering Jovita Carranza, who worked in President George W. Bush administration, as his choice for U.S. trade representative.

Trump is a meeting with Carranza in his home in Florida on Tuesday. Carranza served as the deputy administrator of the Small Business Administration under Bush.

Trump is also the meeting with businessman Luis Quiñonez, who runs a company with military and health care links. Quiñonez is said to be under the attention of Veterans Affairs secretary.

With only a handful of Cabinet posts to fill, Trump is faced with some of the criticism for a lack of diversity in his team, which currently includes no latinos. The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials said on Tuesday that it is “deeply concerned” at the lack of Hispanics considered for the top jobs.

Carranza was a member of Trump’s Hispanic advisory council during the campaign.

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10:14 pm

Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell is rejecting calls for a special investigative committee of the Senate focused on the possible interference in the U.S. elections by Russia and other countries.

McConnell, says a finding by the U.S. intelligence officials that Moscow hacked Democratic e-mails in a bid to elevate Donald Trump “is a serious matter, but it is not necessary to have a select committee.”

The Republican leader said in an interview with Kentucky Educational Television that he is “very concerned” that “the Russians were messing around in our elections,” but said that the Senate intelligence committee is able to examine it.

Senators including Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and Republican John McCain of Arizona have called for a special senate committee to investigate efforts by Russia, China and Iran to interfere in the AMERICAN elections.

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8:40 pm

Donald Trump is taking issue with Bill Clinton’s criticism of him.

Clinton told a weekly newspaper in the state of New York earlier this month that Trump “doesn’t know much.” Clinton went on to say: “One thing he does not know, is how angry, white men to vote for him.” The ex-president also claimed that the president-elect called him after his election victory of Hillary Clinton.

First of all, Trump said in a two-part tweet Tuesday, “Bill Clinton declared that” I called him after the elections. Wrong, he called me (with a very nice congratulations).”

Trump added that Clinton is “‘not know’… especially how you people, even with a limited budget, to vote in the important swing states (and more).” The Clinton campaign, Trump says, “focusing on the wrong states.”

Trump fired off those tweets the morning after he formally won the presidency on Monday, the electoral college tally.

Bill Clinton made his comments to The Record-Review, in the towns of Bedford and Pound Ridge.

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3:10 pm

Jump with a lead of researchers, President-elect, Donald Trump is blaming Islamic terrorists for the deadly violence in Turkey and Germany, and swear again to eradicate their regional and global networks.

The authorities in both countries were still being investigated Monday at Trump issued a few statements condemning the attacks. The White House had already described the episode in the center of Berlin, where a truck rammed into shoppers at a christmas market, a clear terrorist attack.

Trump called the brutal shooting of the Russian ambassador in Turkey as he attended a photo exhibition “a violation of all the rules of the civilized order.” He says that a “radical Islamic terrorist” had murdered a diplomat, Andrei Karlov.

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