On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced the nomination of House Republican Representative Ryan Zinke for the position of secretary of the interior. In Zinke, Trump has nominated another right-wing figure who combines fanatical opposition to government regulations with an embrace of US militarism. The secretary of the interior oversees the management of key departments pertaining to energy and the environment. Zinke, a first term congressman from Montana, has built a career out of supporting anti-environment legislation. One of the determining factors in Trump’s nomination of Zinke is his support for economic nationalism and US “energy independence,” involving the increased exploitation of natural resources found on US soil: here.
Donald Trump’s “Thank You Tour” continued in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wisconsin Tuesday evening. On stage with the president-elect were a collection of co-reactionaries, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Speaker of the House and US Congressman from Wisconsin Paul Ryan and the state’s hated governor Scott Walker. Each delivered remarks presenting Trump’s victory as the result of a popular groundswell for the Wisconsin Republicans over the last decade. On the face of it this claim strained credulity given that Trump repeatedly denounced Ryan and the “Republican establishment” during the campaign: here.
Admiral Harry Harris, commander of US Pacific Command, used a speech in Sydney yesterday to warn that the United States was ready to confront China over its activities in the South China Sea. Under the Obama administration, the South China Sea has been transformed into a volatile flashpoint for war between China and the US. Harris’s remarks make clear that those dangers will only rise under a Trump administration: here.
MORE DONALD TRUMP LEADERSHIP PICKS Meet the president-elect’s pick for Ambassador to Israel, as well as his choice to lead the Small Business Administration. [Travis Waldron and Dana Liebelson, HuffPost]