- The Washington Times - Monday, November 21, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is rising to the occasion.

After a stunning victory nearly two weeks ago, Mr. Trump is naming is Cabinet picks ahead of schedule, and with remarkable consideration. Although the press would like to categorize the process as messy and chaotic, Mr. Trump made his first Cabinet pick — Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general — faster than most of his predecessors.

According to an analysis by Fox News, just two of the 70 Cabinet picks by newly elected presidents since Richard Nixon in 1968 had come by that date, both of them by George H.W. Bush.

Mr. Trump is also vetting a wide-ranging cast of characters. He put his ego aside and met with former rival and fierce Trump critic Mitt Romney over the weekend. Insiders say Mr. Romney has a strong shot at the secretary of state.

He met with Democrats Michelle Rhee, a pioneer in education reform, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a former Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders loyalist, to discuss policies regarding Syria and fighting terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, also known as ISIS.

After their meeting Monday, Ms. Gabbard pledged to work with Mr. Trump.

“I will continue to seek common ground to deliver results that best serve all Americans, as I have tried to do during my time in Congress,” the Hawaii Democrat said in a statement, adding that she believes they can come together on some issues.

“We cannot allow continued divisiveness to destroy our country,” she said.

On Monday, Mr. Trump also invited the media into Trump Tower to have an off-the-record conversation with him. The media has been in hysterics over fears Mr. Trump won’t grant them the type of access they’re accustomed to — most notably a protective press pool, a small group of journalists that traditionally travels with the president. Mr. Trump ditched that pool last week to go to a steak dinner.

A source told CNN there was “real progress” made with regards to media access to Mr. Trump and his administration. A second participant affirmed this and said the journalists spoke with Trump about the importance of the press pool, CNN reported.

Other highlights include Mr. Trump reaching an agreement with Ford Motors on production of their Lincoln SUV.

“Bill Ford, the great-grandson of Henry Ford and chairman of Ford Motor Co., called Mr. Trump on Thursday to tell him the company was reversing course on a plan to eventually relocate Lincoln sport-utility production from Kentucky to a factory south of the U.S. border, the company confirmed,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

“In making the Lincoln decision, Ford said it was ‘encouraged that President-elect Trump and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States,’” The Journal reported.

So in the middle of a hectic transition, Mr. Trump is getting the results he promised to the American people.

In another presidential move, Mr. Trump settled his Trump University lawsuit — one he pledged to fight, but would be unbecoming of a president in office saddled with that liability. Mr. Trump made the right decision, at a great personal expense, in order to enter office focused on what matters: fighting on behalf of all Americans.

It’s only been 13 days, but well done, Mr. Trump.

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