With today’s voting nearing its end, the Electoral College has now officially made Donald Trump the next president of the United States.
Electoral College members have now cast their votes for Trump, giving him enough to take the White House, despite the fact that several state’s electors won’t cast their votes until this evening.
Today’s voting went according to plan, with no faithless electors — those not voting for Trump although they’d pledged to according to the results of the popular vote (which Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton won by about 2.8 million votes). This results comes despite the fact that some Democrats had urged electors to switch their votes and keep Trump out of the White House.
Likewise, although the CIA and FBI confirmed recent revelations that Russia had interfered in the election, this seemed to have little impact on the Electoral College vote.
And now that the Electoral College has confirmed Trump, it will be up to Congress to count the votes on January 6. Once they do, all that’s left is the inauguration and further news of the Trump administration’s appointees.
Thus far, these include Rex Tillerson — the president and chief executive of Exxon Mobil whose ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin will undoubtedly stir up controversy during the confirmation process — for secretary of state — and Rick Perry — the former Texas governor who proposed scrapping the Energy Department once he remembered what he wanted to cut — for energy secretary.
Andrew Puzder, the chief executive of the company behind chains such as Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, who opposes livable wages for fast food workers, is Trump’s pick for labor secretary, while Linda McMahon — the former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment and one of Trump’s biggest donors — has been selected to run the Small Business Administration.
Lastly, Scott Pruitt — the Oklahoma attorney general who The New York Times describes as “a close ally of the fossil fuel industry” — has been chosen for EPA administrator.
While these appointments may incite controversy in the coming weeks, there are the allegations that Trump’s business ties will lead to impropriety within the White House, but the president-elect delayed addressing the conflict-of-interest concerns until next month.
In the meantime, Trump will prepare for his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States on January 20.
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