The Latest: Trump to focus this week on trade, immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):

10:25 a.m.

Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff, is saying that President Donald Trump’s first full week in office will include action on trade, immigration and national security.

Priebus suggested Trump will sign some executive orders to order some of the President Obama’s policies but did not outline specifics.

The chief of staff, during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” also said that Trump was feeling the “enormity” of the presidency when he stepped into the Oval Office for the first time.

But Priebus said that Trump was “still the same person” and was “remarkably consistent.”

Priebus said: “I can promise you he wants to make people proud.”


10:20 a.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he believes the Senate will confirm all of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

Only two Cabinet members, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly have been confirmed so far.

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” the Kentucky Senator urged Democrats to give expedient hearings for both Cabinet picks and Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

McConnell also said that Republican leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives were working with the White House on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act but declined to provide details.


10:10 a.m.

A top aide to President Donald Trump says crowd size at an inauguration doesn’t matter.

Kellyanne Conway tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” that it was unfair for the media to report that Trump’s inauguration was smaller than President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Prior to his inauguration, Trump predicted his inauguration would have “an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout.”

Conway said she believes the threat of rain might have deterred supporters and said, “I don’t think ultimately presidents are judged by crowd sizes at their inauguration. I think they are judged by their accomplishments.”

When asked why Trump press secretary Sean Spicer mischaracterized the inauguration as the “largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe,” Conway said he was merely offering “alternative facts.”


10:05 a.m.

Sen. John McCain says he’s now supporting Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.

The Arizona senator says the decision “wasn’t an easy call” but he says the former Exxon Mobil CEO assuaged worries about his positions on Russia in a series of private meetings. McCain says he also believes in giving incoming presidents “the benefit of the doubt” on their picks.

McCain had raised concerns about Tillerson’s perceived coziness with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote on Tillerson’s nomination on Monday afternoon.

McCain made his remarks in an interview with ABC’s “This Week.”


10 a.m.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is defending President Donald Trump’s anger at the media for correctly reporting that his inauguration drew a smaller crowd than his predecessor.

Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer were trying to keep the media “honest” when they levied charges of false reporting the day before.

Priebus claimed there “is an obsession by the media to delegitimize this president and we are not going to sit around and let it happen.”

Trump turned a visit to the CIA into an occasion to bash the media.

Photos the National Mall clearly show that President Barack Obama drew a much larger crowd to his inauguration in 2009. Official crowd counts were not released.


9:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is doing a quick about-face about the protests that swept through Washington and around the world on Saturday.

Trump tweeted Sunday morning that “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy.”

He then continued, “Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”

That came less than two hours after he first denounced the protests, which drew more than 1 million people. He tweeted he was “under the impression that we just had an election!” and adds: “Why didn’t these people vote?”

While Trump is claiming these protesters didn’t vote, that seems unlikely.

Trump won the vote in the Electoral College, putting him in the White House, but Democrat Hillary Clinton captured the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.


9:35 a.m.

The Senate’s top Democrat says his party won’t be rushing into confirming President Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

Already on the job are retired Gens. James Mattis at the Defense Department and John Kelly at Homeland Security.

And there’s a vote expected Monday evening on a Republican congressman, Mike Pompeo (pahm-PAY’-oh), to lead the CIA.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says that for many other nominees, “there’s going to be a thorough debate.” He tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he’s “dubious” about eight or nine of Trump’s picks, and he’s citing potential conflicts of interests and policy stands, but says he hasn’t made final decisions about how he’ll vote.

The New York Democrat is making his view clear that “advise and consent does not mean ram it through.”


8:15 a.m.

President Donald Trump says he watched some of the protests from Saturday — when more than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches in Washington and around the world.

But he doesn’t seem to think much of the demonstrations.

He says in a tweet Sunday morning that he was “under the impression that we just had an election!” and adds: “Why didn’t these people vote?”

While Trump is claiming these protesters didn’t vote, that seems unlikely.

Trump won the vote in the Electoral College, putting him in the White House, but Democrat Hillary Clinton captured the popular vote by nearly 3 million ballots.


8:05 a.m.

Germany’s foreign ministers says Donald Trump’s election as president means “the old world of the 20th century is finally over.”

Frank-Walter Steinmeier writes in Bild newspaper that Germany will act quickly to secure “close and trusting trans-Atlantic cooperation based on common values” with the new administration.

He says that with any power change there are “uncertainties, doubts and question marks,” but a lot more is at stake “in these times of a new global disorder.”


6:30 a.m.

Britain’s prime minister says she plans to discuss free trade and the importance of NATO when she becomes the first foreign leader to meet with President Donald Trump in Washington.

The White House’s invitation for Theresa May to meet with Trump on Friday is seen in Britain as affirmation that Trump values the vaunted “special relationship” between the U.S. and Britain.

May tells the BBC that the Trump team is interested in discussing a new trade arrangement with Britain despite the “America first” theme of Trump’s inaugural address and his pledge to evaluate every trade deal for its possible benefits to the United States.

May says she’ll bring up NATO during the meeting, and she calls the alliance the “bulwark” of Europe’s defense system.

Trump has rattled European allies by suggesting NATO is “obsolete” and that the United States might not come to the aid of countries that don’t meet targets for their own defense spending.


4:15 a.m.

The Dalai Lama says he hopes President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will work together for global peace.

The exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists says the world needs leaders with compassion.

According to a press statement, he made the remarks Saturday at a program in New Delhi organized by the women’s chapter of an industry group.


4 a.m.

Turkey’s president says he’s interested in hearing President Donald Trump’s policies on the Middle East.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) tells reporters before leaving on a trip to Africa that Turkey wants a Mideast where countries’ territorial integrity is upheld and the region is not “shattered.”

Turkey is especially concerned about the possible disintegration of neighbors Iraq and Syria.

Erdogan says efforts are underway to set a date for a possible meeting with Trump.