This is our look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington:
- Trump's Supreme Court pick is Neil Gorsuch
- Homeland Security secretary says countries on banned list "may not be taken off anytime soon"
- Acting attorney general fired by Trump
- Trump orders agencies to cut back on regulations
- White House clarifies how new immigration policy affects green-card holders
President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to change Washington are to face their first major public tests this week. At least half a dozen of his Cabinet nominees will be challenged by senators from both parties during scheduled confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. And the president-elect himself is set to face direct questioning from multiple reporters for the first time at a scheduled news conference.
But the Republican’s focus Monday morning appeared to be devoted to a counter-assault against Hollywood. He decried Meryl Streep as a disgruntled “Hillary lover” both on Twitter and in an interview with the New York Times after the actress used a Golden Globes speech Sunday to condemn his campaign-trail comments about a reporter with a congenital condition.
“I was never mocking anyone,” Trump told the Times. “I was calling into question a reporter who had gotten nervous because he had changed his story . … People keep saying I intended to mock the reporter’s disability, as if Meryl Streep and others could read my mind, and I did no such thing.”
At a campaign rally in 2015, Trump spoke disparagingly about the reporter, Serge Kovaleski, while waving his arms , widening his eyes and adopting a mocking tone.
Streep, winner of multiple Academy Awards and recipient Sunday of the Cecil B. DeMille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., never mentioned Trump by name in her remarks.