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Immigrants gripped by deportation fears with Trump election
President-elect Donald Trump launched his candidacy on an anti-immigrant sentiment and has vowed to repeal a key Obama administration program that shields hundreds of thousands of people from deportation. Now, many immigrants in the country illegally, or with relatives who are, fear deportation and separation from their families.
WASHINGTON — During the course of the 2016 campaign, Republican Christine Todd Whitman compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. She warned that a Trump administration would bring the country into "chaos." And a month before Election Day, the former Bush Cabinet official proclaimed her support for Hillary Clinton.
Outrage and fear fuel continuing anti-Trump protests
Spurred by fear and outrage, protesters around the country rallied and marched Friday as they have done daily since Donald Trump's presidential election victory.The spirited demonstrations on college campuses and along downtown streets were mostly peaceful following previous outbreaks of window-smashing and fire-setting.Organizers said several thousand people gathered on Boston Common to publicly object to the election of Trump. The evening event was billed as a rally for love and peace rather than a protest.Hundreds of people attended another "love rally" in Washington Square Park in Manhattan.
Now, when young Republicans ask her whether they should join the Trump administration, Whitman struggles to find a simple answer.
"I'd sound a note of caution," says the former Environmental Protection Agency head. "They're going to have to carry out what the president wants done."
Dozens of Republican foreign policy experts, business leaders and elected officials broke party ranks to come out against Trump during the contentious presidential race. Now, they're facing a difficult choice: Get on the Trump train or watch it leave from the station.
"Look, he's the president," said Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, a Trump backer. "People are going to want to do everything they can to work closely with him."
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who once called Trump "a phony" and "a fraud," is a leading contender for secretary of state. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, long Trump's loudest critic in the Senate, has urged his Republican followers to root for Trump And South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, also under consideration for secretary of state, met with Trump on Thursday. While she eventually voted for him, Haley had criticized his Muslim travel ban and complained that she was "not a fan." Trump, in turn, tweeted that she "embarrassed" her state.
60 Minutes interview: President-elect Donald Trump
What can we expect from a Trump presidency? 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl finds some of his campaign issues were not meant to be taken literally, but as opening bids for negotiation . Tonight, you will also hear from his family about whether they’ll play roles in a Trump presidency.But we begin with President-elect Trump, whom we interviewed Friday in his penthouse home in the Trump Tower.Lesley Stahl: Well, congratulations, Mr. Trump.Donald Trump: Thank you.Lesley Stahl: You’re president-elect.Donald Trump: Thank you.Lesley Stahl: How surprised were you?Donald Trump: Well, I really felt we were doing well.
Sasse and other Trump antagonists in Congress are looking to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a former Indiana congressman and the state's governor, as a possible conduit to the administration.
The bridge-building is far more challenging for generations of Republicans who have spent eight years biding their time at think tanks, universities and corporations. But unlike in a typical campaign, when the party rallies behind their nominee, a number of these experts had spent months publicly blasting Trump.
Whether Trump will welcome these former opponents into his administration remains unclear. Trump and his team must fill more than 4,000 jobs, a daunting task for a president-elect with no experience in federal government. And the real-estate mogul is known for his ability to hold a grudge — a trait that worries some job-seekers.
Those concerns are particularly acute for national security experts, dozens of whom signed letters warning that Trump would "put at risk our country's national security and well-being."
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Peter Feaver, a Bush era White House aide who signed both letters, did not expect that Trump would hire anyone involved with the effort, saying they were "effectively on a blacklist." But he said that the new administration could still pick from a sizable group of former Republican foreign policy officials who were not signatories.
He's urging them to consider taking a post, both to shape the policies of the new administration and advance their own careers.
"He is our president and if he asks you to serve the country, you shouldn't reflectively say 'no,' " said Feaver, a professor at Duke University. "I have actively encouraged people I know who are good to throw their name in the hat because I want to help this team assemble the best team they can."
Since the election, there's been some informal contact between those who spoke out against Trump and the people trying to staff his administration. The conversations haven't always gone well.
"I'm a little leery from what I have heard of the reaction of the people around him who seem to be a little more of the, 'We won. You lost. Don't try to horn in on our act,'" Whitman said. "That's just counterproductive."
The In-Law in the Trump Inner Circle: Jared Kushner’s Steadying Hand
In the chaos that often seems to surround President-elect Trump, his son-in-law injects optimism and reinforces Mr. Trump’s world views and instincts.Less than 24 hours earlier, an 11-year-old recording of Donald J. Trump boasting about forcing himself on women had surfaced and gone viral. Now, on a Saturday morning in October, his closest advisers had assembled in his Trump Tower apartment to discuss what to do.
Those reports have sparked a debate within some Republican circles about whether patriotic duty should outweigh concerns about Trump's management style.
Eliot Cohen, the former State Department official who coordinated the first letter, said he was asked by a friend close to Trump's team to suggest potential appointees who might be willing to work in the administration.
He was so turned off by the response to his advice that it prompted him to pen an op-ed declaring that he'd changed his mind: Conservatives, he wrote in The Washington Post, should opt out of serving.
"For a garden-variety Republican policy specialist, service in the early phase of the administration would carry a high risk of compromising one's integrity and reputation," he wrote.
Not everyone agrees. Eric Edelman, a national security adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, said he didn't expect to get a call from the new administration given that he was a vocal critic of Trump during the campaign.
He's advising others to at least hear out the offer, saying that "patriotism requires you to do it." But he isn't offering any recommendations.
"I don't want to pick out any names," he said. "I don't want to run the risk of damaging them with my association."
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Iman Shumpert: 'I'm Not Going to the White House' to See Donald Trump If Cavaliers Win Another Title .
Iman Shumpert says he won’t make a trip to the White House to see Donald Trump if the Cavaliers win another NBA title."I don’t know," he said. "That’s something I would cross…we’ll have to cross that road, I guess. We’ll see. I would love to have to cross that road.
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