Please go ahead.
MILLER: Good morning' everybody. I hope you had a great weekend.
Dialing in this morning from beautiful Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach. So, congrats to everybody who is on pool duty this week and sorry for everyone who is not.
Let's dive right in.
So, we're now 32 days out from Inauguration Day. This morning President-elect Trump announced his intention to nominate former U.S. Army infantry officer and Virtu Financial founder and executive chairman Vincent Viola to secretary of the Army. Mr. Viola is an Army veteran, world-class businessman and visionary leader, who has selflessly devoted much of his adult life to furthering the mission of the United States Army to fight and win our nation's wars.
He'll lead the U.S. Army as we start moving forward in president- elect's effort to make America safe again.
Mr. Viola entered West Point at the age of 17, served as a platoon leader in the 101st Airborne and ultimately rose to the rank of major.
MILLER: After the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Mr. Viola initiated and continues to personally fund part of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point. The center educates cadets and counterterrorism practitioners across all levels of government. It also provides rigorous research on counterterrorsim policy and advises leaders on how to tackle the complex problems posed by terrorism today.
As secretary of the Army, Mr. Viola will combined a deep background in national security affairs with a very impressive track record of leading and managing high performing teams within the military and the private sector. Mr. Viola is a man of outstanding worth ethic, integrity and strategic vision with an exceptional ability to motivate others.
The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Mr. Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army.
We do not expect any other announcements today, but we'll have further announcements, I am sure, as we start moving into the week.
Today, for the president-elect's schedule, he'll hold meetings a Mar-a-Lago here in Palm Beach. He begins meetings with Mr. Robert Lighthizer, L-I-G-H-T-H-I-Z-E-R, former deputy U.S. trade rep in the Reagan administration and now a partner at Skadden Arps. President- elect Trump will then meet with Mr. Don Peebles, P-E-E-B-L-E-S, founder, chairman and CEO of The Peebles Corporation and chairman of the board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Following that, the president-elect will be meeting with Stephen Miller, our senior adviser on policy. Then the president-elect will be meeting with Chris Reyes, co-chairman of Reyes Holdings, R-E-Y-E-S. And president-elect's -- President-elect Trump's final meeting of the day will be with Admiral Thad Allen, retired, currently a senior V.P. at Booz Allen Hamilton. And again, he was retired commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Admiral Allen's experience in crisis management, disaster response and overseeing intergovernmental cooperation within the military is very impressive. And prior to his assignment as commandant, Admiral Allen served as Coast Guard chief of staff. During his tenure in that position, in 2005, Admiral Allen was designated principal federal official for the U.S. government's response and recover operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita throughout the Gulf Coast region. And Admiral Allen previously served as commander 7th Coast Guard District, where he oversaw all operations in the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean.
As we saw over the weekend, President-elect Trump nominated South Carolina Congressman Mick Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Very impressive pick. Congressman Mulvaney has a strong history, has been a loud voice for fighting to reign in out of control spending, fighting government waste and pushing for tax policies that will allow working Americans to thrive.
The -- also over the weekend, President-elect Trump's Thank You, America tour concluded on Saturday with a very fun stop on Mobile, Alabama. Big crowd. We were also joined by Senator Jeff Sessions, our future attorney general.
MILLER: And to recap on the Thank You, America tour, the first stop was Thursday, December 1st in Cincinnati, Ohio and from there, the president-elect made stops and was joined at many of them by Vice President-Pence in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Des Moines, Iowa; Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Army/Navy game in Baltimore, Maryland; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Harrisburg, PA and Orlando, Florida.
And in regards to the rest of the week's schedule, the president- elect will be here at Mar-a-Lago the entire time, holding meetings for the remainder of the week. And he will also be here through the Christmas holiday, spending time with his family and continuing to work on putting together the administration and our government.
Vice President-elect Pence will be in New York City today for transition meetings and then he'll travel to Washington, D.C. for additional transition meetings on Tuesday. The vice president-elect will spend the Christmas holiday back home in Indiana.
And on that note, let's go ahead and open it up to a couple of questions.
OPERATOR: All right. If you'd like to ask a question, you can do so by signaling with star one on your telephone keypad. If you are using a speaker phone, just make sure your mute function is turned off to allow your signal to reach our equipment.
Again, that is star one for questions and we'll pause just for a moment to allow everyone an opportunity to signal for questions.
We'll take our first question from Adam Rice (ph) from NBC. Please, go ahead.
QUESTION: Good morning. Looking forward, do you anticipate the president-elect staying at Mar-a-Lago through the new year?
MILLER: Excellent question. As far as I know exactly where the president-elect will be for this week -- and I would keep it at Mar-a- Lago for now, wouldn't wanna go and forecast next week's schedule -- is that's always subject to change, but we'll get back to you as soon as we have additional information.
OPERATOR: We'll take our next question from Damian Palleta from Wall Street Journal. Go ahead.
QUESTION: Thanks. Hey, Jason, thanks for doing this. This is a quick question; Politico had a story today that said the president-elect might have his own small private security detail when he's in the White House in addition to the Secret Service. Could you give us some clarity on whether that'll be the case, please?
MILLER: Well, unfortunately this seems part of the -- the pattern for Politico to take things wildly out of proportion. Of course, President-elect Trump is going to continue to be surrounded by long time allies and advisers, and in the case of Keith Schiller, someone who's been an absolute fantastic ally both in the field of business and on the campaign trail, someone who literally and figuratively has been there to support and defend the president-elect.
Now, obviously, this -- the main duties of protecting the president-elect and soon-to-be president are of course carried out by the Secret Service, who does a fantastic job. We've been blessed to be surrounded by extraordinary teams, both during the campaign and then now, as the president-elect has moved into the -- the post- election phase.
Of course, that's the -- they're the ones who are in charge ultimately of the president-elect's security. And so again, I think this morning's story was just complete nonsense and blowing it out of proportion.
OPERATOR: We'll take our next question from Jonathan Curry (ph) from Tax Analysts. Please, go ahead.
QUESTION: Hey, guys. Thanks for taking the call.
Real quick, do you guys -- have you given any thought on who the next IRS commissioner will be or if they plan to keep the current commissioner, John Koskinen, on through (ph) the remainder of his term, which ends in 2017?
MILLER: Good question.
No decision yet on that front. Obviously, this is a -- this is an important one, considering all the issues that American taxpayers have had with the IRS, but -- so soon as we have an announcement or if we're allowed to put out some of the potential news on that front, we will. But no -- no decision on that front has been made yet.
OPERATOR: And we'll take our next question from Todd Gilman from Dallas Morning News.
MILLER: Hey, Todd.
QUESTION: Thanks. Hey.
So, there's a report out that -- that's floating around that Toby Neugebauer is under consideration for ambassador to Mexico, and I was wondering if you could address that? And then a second question, if I may, the -- the presidential limousine under President Obama has had the D.C. license plates that read, "Taxation without Representation." Is President Trump planning to keep the "Taxation without Representation" plates?
MILLER: Great questions today, Todd.
Taking those in reverse order, the license plate issue is not something that's been raised when I've been around, and actually, I'd probably be surprised if it's something that's even been raised to the president-elect. But since I haven't spoken with them about that -- about that, I don't necessarily want -- don't want to speculate on that.
And with regard to your fellow Texan, Toby Neugebauer, I've not heard his name being brought up for that position, but admittedly on that one, I haven't discussed that ambassadorship with the -- with the team that's working on all those. But I'm happy to ask -- I don't know if I'll have an answer for you, but I'll ask and come back to with whatever I can find out.
And we'll go and take one more question here.
OPERATOR: Reminder, star one, and we'll pause just for a moment.
We'll take our next question from John Pacenti of Palm Beach Post.
Please go ahead.
QUESTION: Good morning. Is there any plans for the president- elect to make any public appearances while he's in south Florida, such as attending midnight mass like he did last year at the Bethesda-by- the-Sea?
MILLER: I was around when some of those conversations were being had yesterday. Let me begin -- don't want to speculate on that until the president-elect has made a final decision. But let me -- I'll also flag that for hope (ph) as well. We'll be here -- hopefully, we'll be here all week so we can get that information out to you as soon as possible.
OPERATOR: And that is all the time we have for questions. We'll turn it back to Jason Miller for any closing remarks.
MILLER: OK. Well, thank you, everybody. I appreciative it very much.
And Todd and John, I'll follow up with both of you two on your respective questions. I appreciate your time, as always, and we'll do it again tomorrow morning.
OPERATOR: That does concludes today's presentation. Thank you for you participation. You may disconnect.