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RNC's Sean Spicer: Until Trump Says Appointments Official, They're Not

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Friday, 18 November 2016 09:34 AM

Announcements are "very likely" in several areas Friday concerning President-elect Donald Trump's administration, Republican National Committee official Sean Spicer said, while not commenting officially on reports that Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions had been tagged as attorney general.

"One of the things that I think you all understand is that with President-elect Trump, until he says it's official, it's not official," Spicer, a member of Trump's transition team as well as RNC chief strategist and communications director, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

Early Friday morning, CBS News and several other outlets were reporting Sessions had been picked for the key role in Trump's first term. "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough, though, denied the reports based on his own sources, saying that Session is "still in the running for several cabinet posts," but the AG job hadn't yet been offered.

NBC News is reporting, however, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has accepted the role of national security adviser, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas has accepted the job of CIA director, and Sessions has been tapped as attorney general, "Morning Joe" co-host Willie Geist noted.

Trump has not officially confirmed the names.

"Flynn is probably one of the brightest choices that you could ever ask for for NSA," said Spicer, while pointing out that Trump has run his campaign and his administration by not making things official until he makes his announcements.

Trump is to meet with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney this weekend, with several news outlets reporting that he'll be discussing the position of secretary of state with him. By meeting with Romney, who vehemently protested Trump's nomination earlier this year, Trump is sending a "clear signal" that his appointments will concern neither political affiliations or loyalty to him.

"It's about whether or not you want to help move this country forward, plain and simple," said Spicer. "You have seen that he's met with Ted Cruz and others who weren't necessarily huge supporters of his.

"He's met with Democrats, independents, Republicans. His goal is to pick the highest quality and caliber of individuals to advance the agenda that will make the country better."

Meanwhile, Spicer said there have been more than 50,000 applications for people to fill 4,000 government jobs.

"We launched three sets of landing teams," said Spicer. "The first one, national security team, Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Justice and NSC hit the ground today.

"They are designated by the president-elect to meet and start the transition process over the next 60 days. A similar team will launch Monday and Tuesday of next week. But this will ensure that on day one everything is ready to go."

Spicer, also appearing on Fox News' "Fox & Friends," commented that Trump is meeting with "top flight" people, and surrounding himself with the "best and brightest" experts.

Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, widely considered as Trump's top pick for secretary of state, remains as a "great supporter," but there have been no announcements on additional posts.

"He's been unbelievably successful, not only in business but also as a mayor," said Spicer of Giuliani. "He helped rebuild New York City after 9/11. Donald Trump continues to rely on his counsel. "

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