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Here's Who Will Help Donald Trump Decide Who Should Lead The U.S. Government

Three of Trump's children are on the executive committee of his transition team.

12/11/2016 1:50 AM IST | Updated 12/11/2016 9:44 PM IST
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President-elect Donald Trump revealed on Friday the people who will make up the executive committee of his transition team.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take over the team from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has served as chairman of the transition team since May.

Christie said in a statement he was “proud” to have led the transition team for the last few months. Christie’s approval rating dropped to an all-time low this month after two of his former aides were found guilty of all charges in the Bridgegate scandal.

Christie, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Dr. Ben Carson, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) will serve as vice chairs of the committee.

Others on the executive committee include Reps. Lou Barletta (Pa.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Chris Collins (N.Y.), Tom Marino (Pa.) and Devin Nunes (Calif.); Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner; Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi; RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; tech billionaire Peter Thiel; GOP donor Rebekah Mercer; private investor and film producer Steven Mnuchin; Skybridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci; Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon; and three of Trump’s children ― Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump.

Trump’s transition team includes veterans who’ve worked for former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The team also includes lobbyists like those he campaigned against over the last year.

The Los Angeles Times reported Friday that Trump’s team seemed to be scrambling to adjust to the prospect of running the United States government in less than 80 days. During a visit to the White House on Thursday, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, asked White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough how many White House staffers would remain into a Trump administration (almost none will remain). Politico also reported that passages on Trump’s website appeared to be copied from the Center for Presidential Transition.

“The mission of our team will be clear: put together the most highly qualified group of successful leaders who will be able to implement our change agenda in Washington,” Trump said in a statement. “Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation ― specifically jobs, security and opportunity. This team is going to get to work immediately to Make America Great Again.”

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