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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed two of President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees Friday just hours after his swearing in, and scheduled a third confirmation vote next Monday.

In a 98-1 vote, the Senate confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as Trump's secretary of Defense, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, opposing his nomination and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama, Trump's pick for attorney general, not voting.

Later Friday evening, the Senate also approved Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security in a vote of 88-11.

Trump, in his first White House statement, said he was "pleased" by the confirmation votes on the two top national security positions.

"These uniquely qualified leaders will immediately begin the important work of rebuilding our military, defending our nation and securing our borders. I am proud to have these two American heroes join my administration," he said.

Eight years ago, the Senate cleared seven of President Obama's nominees on his first day in office, and 13 by the end of the first week.

The votes on Trump's national security team came as a trio of Senate Democrats threatened to hold up a confirmation vote on Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, Trump's pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. As top congressional leaders mingled at a lunch shortly after Trump's swearing in, top Senate Republicans and Democrats were still wrangling over when to bring Pompeo's nomination to the Senate floor.

Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut and Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, demanded more time to debate Pompeo's nomination.

Republicans chafed at Democrats' comments on the first day of a new administration.

"Why the hell can't we just go ahead and give the president his national security team?" said Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, on the Senate floor.

The Senate will hold additional debate and vote on Pompeo's confirmation Monday, after holding a procedural vote Friday. The Senate cleared that measure in a 89-8 vote.

Several Senate panels will vote on Trump's nominees next week, including Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has not said if he'll support Tillerson, and could be a deciding vote against the nomination in committee.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Minutes after President Donald J. Trump was sworn into office, the Trump Administration detailed its commitment to an "America First" foreign policy and rebuilding the U.S. military.

Immediately released on the White House website, following Trump’s inaugural address, the "America First Foreign Policy" stated that "peace through strength" will be at the center of Trump’s foreign policy approach to achieve that goal. The Trump administration further stated that, in its commitments to a stronger military, it will "pursue the highest level of military readiness."

The commitments align with Trump’s Friday inaugural address.

"From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first," he said in his speech. "Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families."

The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. From this moment on, it’s going to be #AmericaFirst🇺🇸

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017

"We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism," Trump added.

The White House website also said that the Trump administration aims to work with international partners to cut off funding for terrorist groups, to expand intelligence sharing and to engage in cyberwarfare to disrupt propaganda and recruiting.

"Defeating ISIS" is the administration’s "highest priority," it reads.

In reinforcing a strong military presence, the site said Trump seeks to end the defense sequester -- a mandatory, decade-long cut to defense spending imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011 -- and submit a new budget to Congress that outlines a plan to "rebuild the military" and "develop a state-of-the-art missile defense system" as a defense mechanism against missile-based attacks from countries such as Iran and North Korea.

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Subscribe To This Feed -- The White House has a new version of its website and a new leader in President Donald Trump, but he can’t seem to shake an old issue.

The first "We the People" petition to hit the website calls for Trump to release his tax returns. The president became the first in decades not to do so and controversy has swirled over what the documents contain.

The petition, which was created Friday by "A.D.," has garnered around 3,000 signatures, far short of the 100,000 required by Feb. 19 for the White House to potentially review.

"The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution," the petition said.

A second petition, by "H.B.," which garnered just a couple of hundred signatures, calls for Trump to "divest or put in a blind trust all of the President's business and financial assets."

Experts have told ABC News that Trump may be in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution if he does not adequately separate himself from his businesses.

The Emoluments Clause seeks to prevent U.S. officials from profiting from foreign leaders.

A lawyer for Trump, Sheri Dillon, has said that Trump is not required by the Constitution to take action regarding his businesses, but has signed an agreement to "completely isolate [him] from the management of the company.”

His sons Eric and Donald Trump Jr. will take over the business along with a longtime business executive.

Trump refused to release his tax returns during the presidential campaign because he said he was under audit by the IRS. His team said he paid hundreds of millions of dollars in other taxes in response to a report that he may have avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years.

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TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, was present at the Capitol for the inauguration of her former election rival, President-elect Donald Trump.

It's customary for former presidents and first ladies to attend the inauguration of a new president. Clinton honored that tradition, arriving with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

On Twitter, Clinton wrote she's at the inauguration to "honor our democracy."

I'm here today to honor our democracy & its enduring values. I will never stop believing in our country & its future. #Inauguration

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2017

Clinton may be making a statement with her outfit choice Friday, wearing white, the color of the suffragette movement.

The 2016 Democratic nominee wore white during key moments of the campaign, including when she gave her acceptance speech at the DNC in Philadelphia, becoming the first female nominee for president from a major U.S. political party.

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee later attended President Donald Trump's luncheon at the Capitol, where she shook hands with the 45th president.

This was the first contact the two rivals have had since trading jabs at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner held in New York City in October.

President Donald Trump made brief remarks at the luncheon and thanked the Clintons.

"I was very honored, very, very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today," he said to the room, which filled with applause.

"There's nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people, so thank you all for being here," Trump said.

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Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama family exited the east side of the U.S. Capitol building Friday afternoon after Donald Trump’s inauguration, heading first by helicopter to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where they will board Air Force One for Palm Springs, California.

Barack Obama had, of course, left the Oval Office earlier Friday, but not before walking down the White House colonnade to leave a written letter on the Resolute Desk for his successor, Donald Trump.

“Are you feeling nostalgic?” a reporter shouted along the way.

“Of course,” Obama replied.

“Any final words for the American people?” Obama was asked.

“Thank you,” he said.

The Obamas Friday morning also welcomed the future first family, the Trumps, to the White House for tea before departing together in the presidential motorcade for the inauguration ceremony. Two by two, Michelle Obama and Melania Trump, Joe Biden and Mike Pence, and Barack Obama and Donald Trump, walked through the White House doors for the 11-minute drive down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol.

After the Capitol ceremony, Barack and Michelle Obama were expected to deliver remarks to their staffs at a farewell event before boarding a presidential airplane likely for the last time as commander in chief and first lady.

The plane, with a call sign for this flight of "Special Air Mission 28000" rather than Air Force One, is scheduled to depart at 1:40 p.m. for the trip to California, where the Obamas plan to vacation.

Obama White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the Obamas were looking forward to leaving town to “relax a little bit.”

“The president vowed to take his family to a destination that is warmer than Washington, D.C., on Friday and Palm Springs fits the bill,” Earnest said Tuesday. “This is a community that the president has visited on a number of occasions as president of the United States. He and his family have enjoyed the time they've spent there in the past. And they're looking to travel there on Friday, looking forward to traveling there on Friday.”

The Obama family will be returning to Washington, D.C., where they will live at least until daughter Sasha graduates from high school.

Before their departure from the Oval Office Friday, the White House staff presented the president and first lady with two U.S. flags that flew over the White House on the first and last day of his presidency.

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JOSHUA LOTT/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In the Obama’s family final hours in the White House they relayed farewell messages of gratitude to the American people and described their post-presidency plans.

"It’s been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man."


It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.

— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017


"I won’t stop; I’ll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love."


I won't stop; I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love.

— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017


"As we look forward, I want our first steps to reflect what matters most to you. Share your thoughts with me at"


As we look forward, I want our first steps to reflect what matters most to you. Share your thoughts with me at

— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017


"I'm still asking you to believe — not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you."


I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you.

— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017


In a video message posted online, Barack and Michelle Obama offered their final public message together as president and first lady and said they are now rejoining the American people as private citizens.

"After eight years in the White House, Michelle and I now rejoin all of you as private citizens," said Obama. "We want to thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the incredible privilege of serving this country that we love."

With a thumbs up from President Obama, Michelle Obama said that after the inauguration, "We’re going to take a little break."

"We're finally going to get some sleep and take some time to be with our family and just be still for a little bit," she said. "So we might not be online quite as much as you're used to seeing us."

Obama encouraged people to look at the website for his future presidential center, which will be located on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, and send ideas about what people would like to see in what the Obamas describe as a "living, working center for citizenship."

"As I've said many times before, true democracy is a project that's much bigger than any one of us," said Obama. "It's bigger than any one person, any one president, any one government. It's a job for all of us. It requires everyday sustained effort from all of us — the work of perfecting our union is never finished. We look forward to joining you in that effort as fellow citizens. Thank you and we will see all of you again soon. Bye."

The Obamas will be having tea and coffee at the White House with the Trump family before they make their way to the steps of the United States Capitol for Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremonies.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump Jr. called it “overwhelming” to be in Washington, D.C., for his father’s inauguration and said his dad, Donald Trump, is now thinking about the “execution” of his inaugural address.

“He’s been working on that for quite some time ... understanding the magnitude of that situation and really have that start off his entire presidency,” Trump Jr. told GMA by phone Friday morning from the Blair House, where the Trump family spent the night. “He spent a lot of time with that and now I think it’s about execution.”

Trump Jr., one of Trump’s five children, said that Thursday’s pre-inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C., made the fact that Trump will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States seem real.

“After such a hard-fought battle, when you’re in this thing for 18 months, really almost two years, when you’re doing it every day, it takes a while to actually set in,” he said. “Coming in yesterday, going to Arlington [National Cemetery], standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, it really all set in for the family.

“It was very special,” he added.

Trump Jr. said he watched his father evolve over the course of the nearly two-year presidential campaign as he met with Americans in towns across the country.

“It’s one thing to be out there and talking but there’s another thing when you see those Americans that he’s talking about that haven’t had a voice, those Americans who have watched their American dream shipped abroad, those Americans who have been through so many things,” he said. “And you’re meeting them and you’re seeing them face to face day in and day out for 18 months, you wouldn’t be human if that didn’t affect you.”

He continued, “It drives home the gravity of the situation. It drives home the importance of the office and what he can accomplish there and for how many people he can accomplish it.”

Based on what Trump saw on the campaign trail, he is focused now on being a “president for all Americans,” according to his son.

“After a campaign like this one, I think it’s that he’s going to be a president for all Americans,” Trump Jr. said. “It’s not for a select few, it’s not for some sort of special group, it’s for every single American, each and every one of us.”

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Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(WASHINGTON) -- It will be a tough pill to swallow for some Hillary Clinton supporters.

In the presidential inaugural ceremony on the west front of the Capitol, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president on Friday. And 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will be in attendance -- at a ceremony she and her supporters had hoped would be for her.

It’s custom for former presidents and former first ladies to attend the presidential inaugural ceremony and the Clintons are honoring that tradition, even though it was a bitter and divisive election.

“The fact that Hillary Clinton is going shows a lot of class and grace under what will be certainly a difficult circumstance for her,” Jay Jacobs, a Clinton supporter and donor, told ABC News. “My view is, if she can do that then all of us who support her have to act in the same spirit.”

But that may not be the case.

Some Clinton supporters are not following their candidate’s example, skipping town for the inauguration.

“I talked to a number of Clinton supporters. I know lots of people who said they’re not watching [the inauguration],” Jacobs told ABC News. “I have lots of friends who said they’re leaving town, not Washington -- literally out of the country.”

The same can be said for two former Clinton campaign staffers who do not plan to be in Washington, D.C., for the festivities surrounding Trump’s inauguration.

Ian Sams, who worked for the Clinton campaign and currently lives in D.C., said he's headed to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the weekend.

He said a weekend away "is not how I'd planned on spending" inauguration, adding, “Obviously it is a disappointing day for those of us who gave it all to try to elect Hillary Clinton. So, we may escape town, hit the beach or the mountains, and have a few drinks.”

Sams said he does plan to tune in for Trump’s inaugural address.

Jesse Lehrich, another former Clinton staffer, said he won’t be making the trip to D.C. to see Trump sworn in.

Like Sams, Lehrich said he will catch Trump’s inaugural address on TV Friday afternoon.

But Sams said Clinton supporters aren’t giving up just because their candidate wasn’t elected to the highest office.

“After this weekend we’re all getting right back in the arena to keep fighting for what we think is right,” he said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump's former campaign manager never thought this day would come.

Hours before Trump is inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, Corey Lewandowski's answer was straightforward when asked on ABC News' Good Morning America Friday whether he thought the real estate mogul would get elected.

"No, nobody did," Lewandowski said. "And I think Donald Trump would tell you the same thing."

Lewandowski had been by Trump's side since the New York City developer launched his presidential campaign in June 2015. He came on board as Trump's first campaign manager and quickly became a controversial figure during his time in the position.

In March 2016, Lewandowski was charged with simple battery after a video showed his grabbing the arm of then-Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. State officials declined to prosecute Lewandowski. The Trump campaign at the time said it fully believed in Lewandowski's innocence.

Lewandowski, 43, was cut loose from Trump's campaign in June 2016. A senior Trump aide told ABC News at the time that Lewandowski's firing "was a long time coming" and that the campaign "need[ed] to get everyone on the same page."

The ex-campaign manager has since opened a lobbying firm near the White House.

During Friday morning's interview with GMA, Lewandowski recalled the early days of Trump's campaign. Lewandowski said neither he nor Trump believed the presidential bid would be a success, but he said the campaign team realized how the Republican nominee was "giving hope" to many Americans.

"To say that we're going to have a candidate who had never run for office assume the presidency of the United States two years later, I don't think he believed it. I don't think I believed it," Lewandowski said.

"But what we saw was the American people wanted fundamental and wholesale change. When he started to go out and talk to the American people and listened to what their concerns were, we knew there was something very, very special going on," he continued.

"He's the messenger of what the American people want and he's now going to bring that to Washington," Lewandowski added.

He said the president-elect is as prepared as anyone can be to take the nation's highest elected office and understands the responsibility that comes with the role.

"I think Mr. Trump understands the severity of the position he's about to assume today and, I don't care who it is, no one can be truly prepared to step inside the Oval Office until you've done that job," he said. "He also understands that ... we have to do better for our country, and that's what he wants to do and he understands the power that this position brings to help the country get there."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hours before Donald Trump takes office as the 45th president of the United States, his senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said the president-elect aims to unify the nation with his inaugural address Friday.

"This is a beautifully written, powerfully delivered speech," Conway said on ABC News’ Good Morning America. "Donald Trump didn't divide the country, but he has a wonderful opportunity to start to heal and unify the country."

Conway also teased some significant executive orders Trump is expected to sign after he takes office.

"Those will be significant," she said. "Particularly on Monday, the first full day of work on January 23."

"But even before that, I feel like Washington will have a shock to its system with president trump," Conway continued. "You’ll know almost immediately that there’s new sheriff in town."

Trump has often stated his desire to repeal the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed Obamacare, and replace the law with health savings accounts during his first 100 days office. The real estate mogul turned president-elect has also pledged to roll back "job-killing" energy regulations while declaring himself a friend of clean coal.

Within the first few days of his presidency, according to Conway, Trump plans to potentially overturn "some of the unconstitutional and job-killing regulations" that were put in place, and he's hoping for "collaboration and cooperation from across the aisle" in Congress.

"He's made very clear that his priorities are to repeal and replace Obamacare and also to bring some regulatory relief and tax reform," the senior adviser said on GMA Friday morning.

Conway said Trump also wishes to continue the "good will and benevolence" that have been shown to him by outgoing President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, as well as outgoing Vice President Joe Biden and his wife.

"We have been very blessed and very happy with the treatment that we’ve received and the help that we’ve received from the president and the first lady and their senior team," Conway said. "I think that this country deserves that."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Dozens of Democratic members of Congress have announced they will skip Donald Trump's inauguration this Friday. While some of the 66 made their decision in previous weeks, many more have come forward in recent days, citing the president-elect's perceived insult of Rep. John Lewis as the final straw.

Trump lashed out at the civil rights icon Saturday morning after Lewis said in a Friday interview he didn't view Trump as "a legitimate president." Lewis, a Georgia Democrat from an Atlanta-area district who protested alongside the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., also said he would not attend the inauguration.

"Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad!"

Trump's comments have drawn outrage and messages of support for Lewis from both sides of the aisle. Rep. Yvette Clark, D-N.Y., said in a tweet Saturday that she would not attend the inauguration because of the comments, saying, "When you insult @repjohnlewis, you insult America."

Democratic Reps. Mark Takano and Judy Chu, both of California, also tweeted Saturday they would be absent as a show of solidarity with Lewis, making them part of the one-third of House Democrats who plan to skip the ceremony. (SEE FULL LIST BELOW)

Also, Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., wrote in a statement released Saturday that "while [he does] not dispute that Trump won the Electoral College, [he] cannot normalize his behavior or the disparaging and un-American statements he has made."

"Trump — who lost the popular vote — has made a series of racist, sexist and bigoted statements," Lieu continued. "In addition, he has attacked Gold Star parents, veterans such as John McCain and now civil rights icon John Lewis."

Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin reflected such sentiments in a statement released Sunday morning.

"I was planning on attending the inauguration on Friday out of respect for the office of president, while still making it back home on Saturday to attend the Women's March in Madison," he said. "However, after long consideration based on reading the classified document on Russian hacking and the Trump candidacy on Thursday, the handling of his conflicts of interest and this weekend's offensive tweets about a national hero Rep. John Lewis, I am no longer attending the event."

Several more representatives announced their absence at the inauguration on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and referred to Lewis.

"President-elect Trump, you have the undeniable right to take issue and disagree with John Lewis' opinion about the legitimacy of the election results," Rep. Anthony Brown, a Democrat from Maryland, wrote on Facebook Monday. "But Mr. Trump, you need to think carefully about disparaging a civil rights icon such as John Lewis, let alone anyone exercising their freedom of expression that many of us fought for."

Reps. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif., and John Conyers, D-Mich., did not explicitly mention Lewis in their announcements Saturday but did go public with their decisions on the day of Trump's tweets.

Among those who decided earlier this month not to attend the inauguration, the most common reason was an aversion to normalizing what they see as Trump's divisive rhetoric and agenda.

"When the new president denigrates Latinos or Mexicans or immigrants as drug dealers and criminals, I want to be able to say I did not condone or allow that type of speech to go mainstream. That was not normalized on my watch," Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said in a speech on the House floor Jan. 10. "Because the future president said the American-born children of immigrants were not capable of being American judges, I cannot sit there at his inauguration as if that is OK and I forgive him."

Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., said on Twitter on Jan. 5 she didn't believe she could "contribute to the normalization of the president-elect's divisive rhetoric by participating in the inauguration."

Trump, however, said in an interview with Fox News that aired this morning: "As far as other people not going, that's okay because we need seats so badly. I hope they give me their tickets. Are they going to give us their tickets? I will give them to other people."

Below is the full running list of Congress members who are planning not to attend the inauguration:

    Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala.
    Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.
    Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz.
    Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.
    Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif.
    Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
    Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Calif.
    Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif.
    Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.
    Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif.
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
    Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif.
    Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Calif.
    Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.
    Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-Calif.
    Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif.
    Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif.
    Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.
    Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla.
    Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla.
    Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.
    Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.
    Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.
    Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.
    Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill.
    Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.
    Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine
    Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md.
    Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
    Rep. Michael Capuano, D-Mass.
    Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass.
    Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
    Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
    Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
    Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo.
    Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H.
    Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J.
    Rep. Donald Payne Jr., D-N.J.
    Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-N.Y.
    Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C.
    Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C.
    Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.
    Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.
    Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore.
    Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa.
    Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa.
    Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Pa.
    Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.
    Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas
    Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas
    Rep. Al Green, D-Texas
    Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas
    Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va.
    Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.
    Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va.
    Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.
    Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash.
    Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — During a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C., on the eve of his inauguration, Donald Trump again turned to one of his favorite subjects, his election win, but said "next time we're going to win the old-fashioned way."

It wasn't immediately clear what Trump meant by the remark, but he has returned to the topic numerous times following the election.

Trump won the electoral vote, but lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots to Hillary Clinton.

"We're going to win because we did so well because it was so overwhelming," he told the crowd.

During the meeting, Trump, who boasted during the primary of self-funding his campaign, gushed about the generosity of his donors and said that he went to Maine to get an electoral vote that he didn't even need.

Trump garnered 304 electoral votes after two of the electors defected, a victory he called a landslide.

In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016

.@CNN is so embarrassed by their total (100%) support of Hillary Clinton, and yet her loss in a landslide, that they don't know what to do.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2016

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EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Writing a letter to the next commander in chief has been a tradition for outgoing presidents.

As Barack Obama prepares to hand the baton to Donald Trump, ABC News has obtained an exclusive look at the missive he received from his predecessor, as well as the note from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush in 2001.

The letters came from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Here is the full text of the letter Bush wrote to Obama:

National Archives and Records Administration

Jan 20, 2009

Dear Barack,

Congratulations on becoming our President. You have just begun a fantastic chapter in your life.

Very few have had the honor of knowing the responsibility you now feel. Very few know the excitement of the moment and the challenges you will face.

There will be trying moments. The critics will rage. Your “friends” will disappoint you. But, you will have an Almighty God to comfort you, a family who loves you, and a country that is pulling for you, including me. No matter what comes, you will be inspired by the character and compassion of the people you now lead.

God bless you.



The letter from Clinton to Bush also extols the thrills of the presidency.

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January 20, 2001

Dear George,

Today you embark on the greatest venture, with the greatest honor, that can come to an American citizen.

Like me, you are especially fortunate to lead our country in a time of profound and largely positive change, when old questions, not just about the role of government, but about the very nature of our nation, must be answered anew.

You lead a proud, decent, good people. And from this day you are President of all of us. I salute you and wish you success and much happiness.

The burdens you now shoulder are great but often exaggerated. The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible.

My prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed.

Sincerely, Bill

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) --  President Obama granted commutations Thursday to 330 people, most of whom were serving long sentences for drug crimes.

Obama granted commutation to a total of 1,715 people during his time in office, including 568 people who were sentenced to life in prison.

“I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around,” Obama wrote in a letter to these individuals. “Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity. It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change.”

Obama added, “But remember that you have the capacity to make good decisions.“

Tackling issues within the criminal justice system was a priority for the Obama administration. Obama lamented that fully achieving criminal justice reform was one goal he was not able to accomplish during his time in office. Still, Obama was committed to using the power of the presidency to grant clemency.

Earlier this week, Obama granted clemency to Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer who shared thousands of confidential documents with WikiLeaks. Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 but will be released in May. The decision drew criticism from politicians from both sides of the aisle, but Obama told reporters during his final press conference on Wednesday that he believed justice had been served and he was able to send a clear message to the national security community about leaking classified material.

"Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence," said Obama. "So the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished — I don't think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served."

Obama wrote in the Harvard Law Review that he is the first president in decades to leave the presidency with fewer people in federal prison now than when he took office.

“There is so much work to be done. Yet I remain hopeful that together, we are moving in the right direction,” wrote Obama. “Crime remains near historic lows, prison populations are decreasing, taxpayer dollars are being better spent, and more Americans are landing on their feet and taking advantage of the second chances they’ve earned.”

Obama granted more commutations than the past 13 presidents combined.

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U.S. Senate(WASHINGTON) --  Sen. Tim Scott has a word of warning for fellow Republicans on the eve on Donald Trump's Inauguration: Get ready for the "unpredictable."

"He did not run, in my opinion, as a conservative," Scott told ABC News' Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "He ran as an agent of change. So, we should expect to be equally unhappy with some of his policies -- from the right to the left. That's the one thing we’ll have in common," said the South Carolina Republican.

"When there are areas of disagreement, I know that I'm going to take on the likelihood of strong criticism from the White House, but the reality of it is I’m gonna stand up for what I believe in," he added.

Scott specifically named Trump's promise of a massive infrastructure bill. "The infrastructure plan -- I’ll be a little hesitant on until I see the details," said the first-term senator.

President-elect Trump has continued his public feuds since winning the election in November, most notably with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, who said Trump's election was not legitimate. Trump is slated to take office on Friday at noon.

"When Donald Trump is punched, he's a counter-puncher. He hits back," Scott said. "Whether it's Meryl Streep, whether it's John Lewis, whether it's John McCain -- we've seen this play out very often in the same fashion."

"There's an old Scripture in the Book of Matthew that says love your neighbor," he said. "Now, I would hope we as leaders would look for ways to bring this country together -- from the president of the United States down to every member of Congress, to leaders of households and at the state level as well."

Conservative columnist George Will agreed with Scott on Trump's conservative credentials.

"I'm not convinced that he's a conservative," he told the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "The strongest evidence we have since the election is his behavior with regards to Carrier -- using the political power of an office he did not yet hold to compel a private sector entity to abandon its original estimate of what made economic sense ... and to reverse itself and make non-economic decisions under political pressure. ... It's not an encouraging sign."

Will went on to say that he could see a potential clash between the White House and Republicans in Congress over major issues like entitlement reform.

"The president-elect early on in his campaign said he wanted no changes," Will said. "Paul Ryan, who is the intellectual leader of the congressional wing of the party, has made entitlement reform the goal of his political life. That is, to put it mildly, a very stark conflict."

Will also named Trump's infrastructure plan but called the repeal and replacement of Obamacare as "the big initial test."

"We're going to see at that point whether Congress still thinks of itself as independent and a co-equal branch of government," Will said.

Will held a dinner party with Obama before his inauguration, but he said he doesn't have any dinners slated with President-elect Trump. He also said he wouldn't hazard a guess on whether the Chicago Cubs or Donald Trump are more likely to repeat their underdog 2016 victories.

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