NEWS
12/22/2016 07:19 EST | Updated 12/23/2017 00:12 EST

The Latest: Trump suggests bolstering nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):

12:10 p.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is suggesting that the United States must "greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability."

Trump tweeted Thursday that the U.S. must bolster its arsenal "until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."

It was not immediately clear what Trump meant.

The tweet comes a day after Trump met with several military procurement officers to discuss defence budgets, including Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, the deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration for the Air Force.

During the campaign, Trump had suggested that the U.S. expand its arsenal and mused that the world would be "better off" if other countries, including Japan and South Korea, had nuclear capabilities.

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10:45 a.m.

President-elect is Donald Trump is urging the United Nations Security Council to veto a draft resolution against Israeli West Bank settlements.

Trump says in a statement released Friday "that peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will only come through direct negotiations between the parties, and not through the imposition of terms by the United Nations."

He adds that the measure "puts Israel in a very poor negotiating position and is extremely unfair to all Israelis."

The draft resolution, circulated by Egypt, also declares that all existing settlements "have no legal validity" and are "a flagrant violation" of international law.

The resolution is opposed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called for the United States to veto it. A vote is expected later Thursday.

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8:10 a.m.

The top Democrats on Senate committees responsible for vetting President-elect Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees say his picks should not advance to a Senate vote without completing a financial disclosure statement and responding to "reasonable requests for additional information."

The statement comes after preliminary contacts with several nominees have failed to satisfy Democrats' expectations for information such as tax returns and other disclosures regarding financial holdings. Several of Trump's nominees are billionaires whose holding could raise conflicts of interest.

Democrats have limited options to block nominees outright because they changed filibuster rules when controlling the Senate in 2013. But they could force longer debates than have been traditional at the start of an administration.

The issue has the potential to produce a major political battle in the opening days of Trump's administration.

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7:10 a.m.

Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway is headed to the White House, where she'll serve as counsellor to the president.

The announcement was made by the president-elect's transition team early Thursday.

Conway served as Trump's third campaign manager and is widely credited with helping guide him to victory.

She is also a frequent guest on television news programs.

Conway had said previously that she planned to move her family to Washington to serve Trump, either inside or outside the administration.

The transition team says Conway "will work with senior leadership" in the White House "to effectively message and execute the administration's legislative priorities and actions."

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3:34 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is renewing his vow to stop radical terror groups and appeared to suggest a willingness to move ahead with his campaign pledge to temporarily ban Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States.

Trump proposed the Muslim ban during the Republican primary campaign, drawing sharp criticism from both parties. During the general election, he shifted his rhetoric to focus on temporarily halting immigration from an unspecified list of countries with ties to terrorism.

When asked on Wednesday whether the deadly truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin would cause him to evaluate the proposed ban or a possible registry of Muslims in the United States, the president-elect said: "You know my plans. All along, I've been proven to be right, 100 per cent correct."