President-elect Donald Trump meets with talent agent Ari Emanuel at his New Jersey golf club as he also meets with top contenders for key posts in his administration, telling reporters he will likely have some announcements later in the day. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday identified retired Marine Corps General James Mattis as a strong candidate for U.S. defense secretary, while Mitt Romney, previously a Trump critic, was under serious consideration as secretary of state. Trump wrote on Twitter that "General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General's General!" Trump met with Mattis, who previously headed the U.S. military's Central Command, on Saturday in New Jersey. After attending church services Sunday morning with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the two returned to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Trump told reporters, "We're gonna have a great day. Great people coming, you'll see." Talent agent Ari Emanuel was among the people Trump met with. The President-elect was to meet with several more contenders for senior jobs, including former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who also is in the running for secretary of state, and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, who is being considered for commerce secretary. Trump was also scheduled to meet with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who was a close adviser during his campaign but was removed as the head of his transition team. The president-elect told reporters that he would likely have some announcements on top administration positions on Sunday but did not say which ones. Trump takes office on Jan. 20 and has working to fill key positions in his administration.