In his last major national security speech, President Barack Obama defended his approach to national security, saying the fight he's led against the Islamic State group has been relentless, sustainable and multilateral. Obama was speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, home to US Special Operations Command and US Central Command.
President-elect Donald Trump said that he wanted to cancel the order for a new Air Force One, which is currently being developed.
President Barack Obama hosted his final Kennedy Center Honors gala in the East Room of the White House on Sunday. Actor Al Pacino, rock band The Eagles, pianist Martha Argerich, gospel singer Mavis Staples and singer-songwriter James Taylor all received the honors on Sunday.
Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) told reporters at Trump Tower on Friday, "What this man is doing, President-elect Trump, is reaching out to a broad spectrum of Americans to consider for his cabinet. That's a new day compared to what we have seen over the last eight years."
President Obama marked his final time lighting the National Christmas Tree with a wish that Americans will care for the sick, the hungry and the downtrodden this holiday season and treat one another as they would want to be treated.The lighting ceremony tradition began in 1923 and takes place in President's Park, just south of the White House fence.
During a 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival, former secretary of labor Elaine Chao talks about jobs, outreach and the future of the Republican party. Chao was labor secretary under President George W. Bush and deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush. She has now been tapped by president-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of transportation.
On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump's top advisor Kellyanne Conway met two street performers dubbed "Naked Cowboys" that were in the lobby at Trump Tower. They sang to her, praising Trump's plans for the country, including building a wall, repeating "sounds like a good idea to me." Trump has been in his penthouse apartment all day, meeting with potential administration hires.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye announced on Tuesday she will resign if parliament comes up with a plan for the safe transfer of power.
Cuban President Raul Castro announced the death of his brother Fidel Castro on Cuban state media.
The press area pool feed shows the Trump Tower lobby as officials and family members arrive for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team. Gov. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.) denies she was offered a position on Monday, but did say they discussed a wide range of issues, and "all the wonderful things that will be done for America."
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