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Donald Trump Begins Filling Cabinet With Offers to Jeff Sessions, Mike Pompeo

NEW YORK—President-elect Donald Trump reached outside the Republican establishment as he started populating his senior team, announcing Friday that he would nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Mr. Trump also said he planned to appoint retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as his national security adviser. Gen. Flynn joins Reince Priebus, who will be chief of staff, and Steve Bannon, who will be chief strategist, as White House advisers who can begin working for Mr. Trump without Senate confirmation, as is required for cabinet posts.

While two prominent foreign-policy positions have yet to be decided—secretaries of defense and state—the selections on Friday signaled Mr. Trump’s intention to favor a harder-edged national-security policy and adopt a tougher stance against Islamist radicals, as Gen. Flynn and Mr. Pompeo (R., Kan.) have both criticized President Barack Obama’s responses to terrorism. The choice of Mr. Sessions (R., Ala.) would put one of the nation’s sharpest critics of illegal immigration in charge of what is effectively the world’s largest law office.

Meanwhile, Mr. Trump was considering current National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers to become the next Director of National Intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said. That move would shift the nation’s digital and cyberwarfare leader to the country’s most senior spy post.

For defense secretary, Mr. Trump was considering several retired generals, people knowledgeable about the transition process said, including retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, a former war commander who has long voiced concerns about Iran as a security threat. Gen. Mattis is expected to visit with Mr. Trump in New Jersey, transition officials said Friday.

Others under consideration include Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.), retired Army Gen...


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