US President-elect Donald Trump has made two more appointments into his administration, amid reports of a deepening division among the incoming American head of state’s transition team.
On Friday, Trump picked Washington attorney Donald McGahn as his White House counsel.
McGahn, who counseled Trump during the Republican president-elect’s campaign run, is a partner at Jones Day, one of the world’s largest law firms.
Besides, McGahn, as a top election lawyer, has chaired the Federal Election Commission in the past.
In a message released by his camp, Trump said McGahn “has a brilliant legal mind, excellent character and a deep understanding of constitutional law.”
According to Newsweek, McGahn might also be tasked with solving possible conflicts of interest that Trump is likely to face regarding his properties and companies in various parts of the world.
After winning the November 8 face-off with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Trump said he would put his children in charge of his businesses and focus on his new job.
Trump’s other choice on Friday was Kathleen Troia McFarland, who was chosen as the next American president’s deputy national security adviser.
A former Pentagon official under the Ronald Reagan administration, McFarland currently works as a Fox News analyst and would serve under Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, Trump’s National Security Adviser.
McFarland was the third female addition to Trump’s administration, which has been criticized as being too old and overwhelmingly male.
The two new appointments do not need Senate confirmation and come at a time when Trump and his transition team have different views on some positions.
For example, it was reported earlier on Friday that the president-elect’s loyal supporters were seeking to block the appointment of Mitt Romney, a fierce critic of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, as his secretary of state.
Trump’s supporters believe that Romney should publicly apologize to him for directing harsh attacks against the former reality TV star before the election.
Some current and former US government officials were also concerned that Trump’s appointments could reinforce perceptions among Muslims that Washington is at war against the Islamic religion.