Vice President-elect Mike Pence is leading the charge with President-Elect Donald Trump and his team in the transitioning of power. Pence’s first order of business: eliminating corporate and special interest lobbyists from the team. With lobbyists being removed from key roles, a source claims it “makes good on [Trump’s] vision of how he wants his government constructed.”
Following Gov. Chris Christie’s demotion from leading the transition team, Gov. Pence has been leading the forefront after signing a memorandum of understanding, putting him in charge of the transition team Tuesday evening. Before the signing, Pence ignored pestering questions from reporters as he entered Trump Tower with a thick binder tucked under his arm, and then did the same as he left six hours later.
According to the Associated Press, White House spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said the Obama administration was waiting on more documents required by law from the Trump transition team before agencies can start sharing and relaying information. However, this process has been slowed since Pence’s takeover due to the fact Christie’s assembled team comprised of lobbyists, former bureaucrats, academics and corporate lawyers. Basically, individuals who won’t be dedicated to “draining the swamp,” since these individuals are part of the swamp in Washington.
It’s been clear the Trump team isn’t afraid to step on a few toes with this complex transition either. Former GOP national security official Eliot Cohen was a Christie recruit despite his opposition to Trump during the campaign season. Regardless, after Cohen was let go from the team, Cohen childishly took to Twitter to call the team “angry, arrogant.”
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