This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington:
President-elect Donald Trump predicted a smooth confirmation process for his Cabinet choices ahead of the first Senate hearings this week.
In the first of two short visits with reporters stationed in the Trump Tower lobby Monday morning, the incoming president touted all of his executive picks as “the absolute highest level.”
“Confirmation’s going great,” he said. “I think they’ll all pass.”
Nine confirmation hearings are possible this week, including on Trump’s nominees for attorney general, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and secretaries of State and Defense.
The transition team said Cabinet picks have undergone 30 mock hearings totaling more than 70 hours, during which they took 2,604 questions. Spokesman Sean Spicer said they’ve been pleased by the “bipartisan welcome mat” that has been offered to the nominees, but also warned Democratic leaders against delaying tactics.
“Approval of president-elect's Cabinet nominees is a strong signal to folks around the country that the senators are committed to draining the swamp and enacting real change,” Spicer said.
Trump’s comments came after separate meetings with business executives who he said were committed to expanding employment in the United States.
Joined first by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, he said the Chinese entrepreneur would partner with him on boosting small businesses.
He deflected a question about whom he trusted more: U.S. intelligence operatives or Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks. He holds his first post-election news conference Wednesday.
“We'll talk about that at another time,” Trump said.
During a second appearance later with French businessman Bernard Arnault, he declined to comment on reports that son-in-law Jared Kushner would be named to a senior White House role.