Trump said to want only the ‘best and brightest’

FILE - In a Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at Van Dyck park in Fairfax, Va. In September 2012, shortly before voters were to choose between Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama, a secretly recorded video emerged that caught the GOP nominee saying 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes and consider themselves as victims. The comment only fed into an existing impression by many voters that Romney wasn’t looking out for ordinary people. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - In a Sept. 13, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at Van Dyck park in Fairfax, Va. In September 2012, shortly before voters were to choose between Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama, a secretly recorded video emerged that caught the GOP nominee saying 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes and consider themselves as victims. The comment only fed into an existing impression by many voters that Romney wasn’t looking out for ordinary people. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump’s transition activities (All times EST)

6:50 a.m.

A Republican Party spokesman says President-elect Donald Trump is searching among “the best and brightest in the country” to set up his administration.

RNC communications director Sean Spicer tells Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” the billionaire businessman isn’t “looking at someone’s political affiliation, whether they supported him or not.”

He was asked the question in the context of Trump’s scheduled meeting this weekend with 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who earlier this year was a harsh critic of the real estate mogul.

Spicer wouldn’t comment on whether Trump was set to offer Romney a position in the administration now being formed.

But when asked what the pair was expected to discuss, the Republican strategist said only that “they’re going to have a conversation.”

Spicer called Trump the “new sheriff in town” and said he’s determined to bring qualified people into his administration.

3:35 a.m.

President-elect Donald Trump is offering former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn the position of national security adviser, elevating a fierce critic of current U.S. foreign policy into a crucial White House role.

Flynn’s selection amounts to Trump’s first signal to allies and adversaries about the course he could take in office. It’s unclear whether Flynn, a retired Army general, has accepted the job, though a senior transition official confirmed Thursday that the president-elect has made the offer. The official was not authorized to discuss the offer publicly and insisted on anonymity.

Flynn was a fierce critic of President Barack Obama’s military and foreign policy long before he began advising Trump on national security issues during the presidential campaign. While the position of national security adviser doesn’t require Senate confirmation, Flynn would work in the West Wing and have frequent access to the president.