Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., said Donald Trump’s choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, as well as his Tuesday meeting with Kanye West raise concerns about the president-elect’s commitment to serving the American
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“First, it’s essential that the president-elect clarify his business dealings,” Reed said, suggesting that Trump’s decision to meet with West instead of delivering his scheduled press conference about plans to separate himself from his businesses “raises the possibility that he will focus on things that are not central to the needs of the American public.”
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Trump brushed off such concerns during an interview that aired last weekend, telling Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he’s a “smart person” who doesn’t need daily updates. Trump said gets the briefings when there’s critical new information.
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