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Trump team 'not going to rush' Cabinet picks

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP):

A spokesman for United States President-elect Donald Trump said the transition team is "not going to rush" to put forward potential Cabinet selections.

Jason Miller said yesterday that Trump's team wants to feel confident that their choices will be able to be confirmed by the Senate and can implement the president-elect's vision.

Miller told reporters at Trump Tower in New York City that President Barack Obama did not have "his entire Cabinet formed within the first week" after his election in 2008.

He said the transition team has a "very solid plan" and that they were taking a "methodical approach" to filling Trump's Cabinet and White House.

Meanwhile, more than 300 US businesses have signed a statement calling on Trump to support the Paris Agreement on climate change including General Mills, eBay, Intel, Unilever, and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies.

Their statement reads in part: "implementing the Paris Agreement will enable and encourage businesses and investors to turn the billions of dollars in existing low-carbon investments into the trillions of dollars the world needs to bring clean energy and prosperity to all."

The statement is addressed to Trump, Obama and members of Congress. It calls on elected US officials to maintain the country's policy and financial commitments to lower carbon emissions.

Lara Birkes, chief sustainability officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said: "the Paris Agreement was a vital step forward, but its power is in our collective action."