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President-Elect Trump Continues Interviews For High-Level Posts


Another day, another stream of prospective members of the Trump administration going in and out of Trump Tower in New York City. In a few moments, we'll speak to Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser for the transition. First here's NPR's Tamara Keith on the parade of job candidates.

TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: In September while speaking at the Economic Club of New York, Donald Trump was asked his criteria for choosing senior members of his administration.


DONALD TRUMP: Great competence, love of what they're doing, how they're getting along with people, references.

KEITH: Now with echoes of his wildly popular show "The Apprentice," Trump's hiring process is playing out at least partially on national TV. There's a live video feed of the lobby of Trump tower, cameras aimed at the golden elevator doors prospective cabinet members walk in and out of as they go to meetings with the president-elect.

Today former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown stopped briefly to talk to reporters. Brown had spoken to Trump about filling the post of Veterans Affairs secretary.

SCOTT BROWN: He's obviously going to take my application or interests under consideration. I'm glad that he called.

KEITH: Other meetings today included former Texas Governor Rick Perry, Democratic Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. Over the weekend, Trump was at his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., and met with Mitt Romney, who could be up for secretary of state.


MITT ROMNEY: Thorough and in-depth discussion in the time we had, and I appreciate the chance to speak with the president-elect.

KEITH: When he was a candidate, Trump said he would hire the best people. Given Trump's lack of government experience and relative lack of policy specifics on the campaign trail even more than with past presidents, in a Trump administration, personnel really could be policy, raising the stakes for each ride up the elevators at Trump Tower. Tamara Keith, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.