resident-elect Donald Trump is shaking up his transition team as he plunges into setting up his administration, an enormous undertaking that likely requires him to alter his hands-on management style and consider going outside his small, insular group of loyalists.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence is now heading the operations, a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running the Republican’s transition planning for months.
Lobbyists and think tanks flooding transition effort to fill thousands of jobs and craft agenda
- Trump’s campaign spent relatively little time on transition planning during the campaign
- Dozens of possible cabinet appointees have been floated including some seasoned Washington hands
- Trump appears to be leaning toward seasoned Republicans for many economic positions
- David Malpass, a former Treasury and State Department official, and Paul Atkins, a former Securities and Exchange Commission official, are guiding the transition team on economic issues
The scramble is on to identify people for top White House jobs and Cabinet posts, a herculean task that must be well in hand by the time Trump is inaugurated on January 20.
For Trump, who ran on a pledge to ‘drain the swamp’ of Washington insiders, the team is strikingly heavy on those with long political resumes.
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DEFENSE AND NATIONAL SECURITY
Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg has been working closely with Trump adviser and retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, advising the Trump campaign on matters relating to foreign policy and national security.
He was chief operating officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, the interim governing body following the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.
He previously worked as executive vice president of research and technology for Virginia-based information technology firm CACI International, which works as a contractor for defense, intelligence and homeland security agencies.