News Bite: Melania Appoints Social Secretary, Jeff Sessions Confirmed

Appointments under the Trump administration continue this week.

Last night, Jeff Sessions was officially confirmed as Attorney General after the chamber voted 52 to 47.

The announcement comes a day after a tense conflict on the Senate floor, in which Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King in an attempt to contest Sessions' forthcoming confirmation.

Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia was the only Democrat who voted in favor of Sessions, and no Republican Senators voted against him.

Melania Trump has made an appointment of her own—the White House announced yesterday that Anna Cristina Niceta Lloyd has been selected as the White House social secretary.

Lloyd will be responsible for organizing state dinners and other White House events.

In a statement, the First Lady said:

"Rickie brings with her over twenty-two years of solid diplomatic, political and social entertaining experience. I am looking forward to sharing my ideas and traditions of entertaining and social hospitality to America's house, my new home as well. That, along with Rickie's vast experience, I am even more excited."

Lloyd has a long resume in event planning—she reportedly has taken part in planning the last five inaugurations.

Though legal settlements regarding Trump's proposed immigration ban have yet to be made, several political leaders are vocal about their opposition—including Trump's own pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch.

His remarks come after Trump lashed out at a Seattle judge who blocked the ban, referring to him as a "so-called" judge, and calling his ruling "ridiculous".

According to The New York Times, Gorsuch privately commented on Trump's treatment of independent judges, calling it “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”