FROM Robert Rizzi
The bumpy road to inauguration Despite the flap over recounts and Donald Trump's unproven allegations of voter fraud, his transition team continues the interview process for some 4000 presidential appointees. But the team is leaking contradictory stories. The President-Elect is tweeting unpredictably just like he did in his campaign. Some early appointments may not have been vetted deeply enough to survive the brutal confirmation demands of Democrats in the Senate. Others are well-known members of the moneyed elite savaged for months by Trump and his top advisor, Steve Bannon. We hear about those and other challenges facing Trump's promise to change the ways of Washington in his first 100 days.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.