Ignoring recount questions, Trump team focuses on new hires

When Trump met with President Barack Obama earlier this month, Obama advised Trump during their Oval Office chat that his White House counsel would be an important job.

Donald McGahn, general counsel for the Trump transition team, gets into an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower last week.

"Don has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law", said President-elect Trump.

Trump noted that McGhan would 'play a critical role in our administration'.

Trump's soon-to-be chief of staff, Reince Priebus, said Sunday that incoming counsel will be responsible for ensuring there are no conflicts of interest with the real estate mogul's businesses.

President-elect Donald Trump addresses his supporters after winning the election, shortly before 3 a.m.in New York, Nov. 9, 2016.

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General Michael Flynn, the administration's pick for national security advisor, tweeted: "So proud and honored to have KT McFarland as part of our national security team".

He praised Ms McFarland's "tremendous experience and innate talent" which he said would "complement the fantastic team we are assembling".

McFarland, who served under presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, marks the third female appointment to Trump's administration. She is Oxford educated and even sought to run against Hillary Clinton in New York's 2006 Senate race, where she was ultimately defeated in the Republican primary. Neither requires Senate confirmation.

The transition team is also reportedly considering Tennessee Sen.

Before his stint at the FEC, McGahn served as general counsel to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the party committee for GOP House members, for nearly a decade.

On November 25, NPR paraphrased these negative sentiments towards Trump's White House pick with the following.

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Another secretary of State candidate, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, strongly backed Trump during the campaign, but his overseas business interests have made him a target of criticism.

While McFarland is more experienced than some of Trump's other Cabinet appointments, her appointment may also prove to be far less controversial than that of her future boss. McFarland also has worked as a national security analyst and a contributor to Fox News. In the Reagan White House she served as a principal deputy assistant secretary of defense Pentagon spokesman.

Fox News analyst Kathleen Troia "K.T".

Rival camps within Mr. Trump's orbit have split over the decision, tracing numerous same battle lines that divided the Republican Party in its bitter struggle over Mr. Trump's nomination.

At the same time, Trump was scrambling to address unfilled administration jobs, having barely scratched the surface of creating the massive team needed to run the government before his January 20 inauguration.

The president-elect is scheduled to resume interviews of prospective appointees on Monday, aides said.

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