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Trump Picks Nikki Haley for U.N.; Transition Team Split Between Romney and Giuliani for State Department


The Donald Trump administration continues taking shape as he announced South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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Haley supported Marco Rubio during the primary campaign before throwing her support to Trump.

But there appears to be unrest within Trump's transition squad, as its members can't seem to come to a decision on secretary of state.

Newt Gingrich is leading the charge for former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani among right wingers on the team, but moderates within the ranks are pushing for ex-Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Before leaving for his Thanksgiving break in Florida, the president-elect met with journalists and executives from The New York Times for an hour long interview.

Earlier on Tuesday, he called the paper “failing” and canceled the interview. Hours later, he appeared to change his tune and attended a meeting with the company.

Following the interview, he said: “Thank you all, very much, it’s a great honor. I will say, The Times is, it’s a great, great American jewel. A world jewel. And I hope we can all get along. We’re looking for the same thing, and I hope we can all get along well.”

Americans learned that Trump was softening his stance on several key issues in a series of tweets straight from The Times board room.

When asked about an investigation into former rival Hillary Clinton, he said: “I want to move forward, I don’t want to move back. And I don’t want to hurt the Clintons. I really don’t."

He added: "She went through a lot. And suffered greatly in many different ways. And I am not looking to hurt them at all. The campaign was vicious. They say it was the most vicious primary and the most vicious campaign. I guess, added together, it was definitely the most vicious; probably, I assume you sold a lot of newspapers.”

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When the conversation turned to his son-in-law Jared Kushner becoming part of his transition team and a possible conflict of interest, he said: “The president of the United States is allowed to have whatever conflicts he wants — he or she wants. But I don’t want to go by that. Jared’s a very smart guy. He’s a very good guy. The people that know him, he’s a quality person and I think he can be very helpful. I would love to be able to be the one that made peace with Israel and the Palestinians. I would love that — that would be such a great achievement. Because nobody’s been able to do it.”

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