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President-elect Donald Trump is telling visitors to his Florida club that he plans to write his inaugural address himself and is drawing inspiration from Presidents Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy.
Thatâs according to a person who has spoken with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the South Florida club where he is spending the holidays.
Trump has told visitors that Reagan had âincredible style.â He has also noted the upcoming 100th anniversary of Kennedyâs birth.
The president-elect is also spending some his time in Florida focusing on veteransâ health issues and has told visitors he plans to make that a priority in his administration.
The person who spoke with Trump insisted on anonymity in order to disclose private conversations.
President Barack Obama is committing to continuing talks with President-elect Donald Trump, even as Trump accuses him of throwing up âroadblocksâ to a smooth transition of power.
Obama called Trump on Wednesday morning from Hawaii, where Obama is on vacation with his family. The White House says the call was âpositiveâ and focused on âcontinuing a smooth and effective transition.â
White House spokesman Eric Schultz says Obamaâs other calls with Trump since the election have also been positive. He says Obama and Trump agreed that their teams will keep working together until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.
Earlier Wednesday, Trump said on Twitter that the transition was not going smoothly and blamed Obama.
But he later told reporters that he and Obama âhad a very nice conversation.â
Donald Trump is touting plans by a Japanese mogul to bring 8,000 jobs to the United States.
Tech billionaire Masayoshi Son promised to create 50,000 jobs after meeting with the president-elect in December.
Son is the founder and chief executive of SoftBank, one of Japanâs largest technology outfits. He owns the U.S. mobile carrier Sprint, which Trump said Wednesday would be moving 5,000 jobs âbackâ to the United States. Son also controls OneWeb, which Trump said would hire 3,000 workers.
It was unclear whether the president-elect was referencing Sonâs earlier commitment to invest $50 billion in the United States and create 50,000 jobs.
Trump attributed the addition of 8,000 jobs to âwhatâs happening and the spirit and the hope.â
__ This item has been corrected to identify the second company as OneWeb, not OneWest.
Donald Trump now says the White House transition is going âsmoothlyâ after complaining earlier about some of President Barack Obamaâs âstatements and roadblocks.â
Earlier Wednesday, Trump wrote on Twitter: âDoing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks. Thought it was going to be a smooth transition â NOT!â
In brief remarks to journalists at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Wednesday, Trump was asked about the tweet and how he thought the transition was going.
He said: âI think very, very smoothly. Itâs very good. You donât think so?â
The president and president-elect have exchanged some criticism in recent days after Obama hypothetically said he wouldâve beaten Trump if they had been opponents in the general election. To that, Trump responded, âNo way!â
An inauguration event that drew scrutiny for appearing to put access to President-elect Donald Trump and two of his children up for bid has officially been scrapped.
The âOpening Dayâ event, which had originally been scheduled for Jan. 21 to raise money for conservation charities, will now be held in the spring. Thatâs according to the eventâs co-chairs.
Trumpâs sons Eric and Donald Jr. had been named as directors of a nonprofit that had initially advertised offering $1 million donors the chance to rub elbows with the new president at a âCamouflage & Cufflinksâ ball the day after his swearing-in. Also up for bid: a multi-day hunting or fishing trip with his sons.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks later said the family had not been involved.
President-elect Donald Trump is resuming his busy schedule of meetings following a brief lull for the holidays.
Trump first met with David Rubenstein, head of investment firm Carlyle Group, and also is scheduled to meet Wednesday with a number of medical professionals.
They include: Mayo Clinic chief executive John Noseworthy; the head of Johns Hopkins medical center, Paul Rothman; the head of the Cleveland Clinic, Toby Cosgrove; and Partners Healthcare chief executive David Torchiana.
Trump also is meeting with Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Donald Trump says America cannot let Israel be treated with âsuch total disdain and disrespect.â
The president-elect wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that Israel âused to have a great friend in the U.S., but … not anymore.â
Trump said the Iran nuclear deal under the Obama administration was âthe beginning of the endâ and then came the vote in the United Nations condemning the building of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
He told Israel to âstay strongâ because he will be in office soon.
Trumpâs comments come amid growing tensions between the U.S. and Israel following the UN vote.
Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to address the issue in a speech later Wednesday.
President Barack Obama seems to be getting under his successorâs skin.
President-elect Donald Trump says on Twitter that heâs doing his âbestâ to âdisregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.â
He says he âThought it was going to be a smooth transition – NOT!â
Obama told his former White House adviser David Axelrod in a podcast released Monday that he believes he could have won had he run for a third term. Trump said he disagreed.
Trump has his transition team have until now been largely complimentary of the way President Obama and his White House team have handled the transition of power from one administration to the next.
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