Trump announces members of ‘Presidential Transition Team’

Trump said the mission of the team is to put together a qualified group of leaders to implement change in Washington

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NEW YORK, New York (WKBN) President-elect Donald J. Trump announced his plans for a “Presidential Transition Team,” which will “build on the initial work done under the leadership of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to help prepare a transformative government ready to lead from day one.”

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will serve as chairman of the team. Christie, Dr. Ben Carson, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, USA (Ret.), Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions will join the team’s Executive Committee as vice chairs, according to a news release from Trump’s campaign.

“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. “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.”

President-elect Trump also announced that the following leaders will join the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee:

  • Congressman Lou Barletta
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
  • Congressman Chris Collins
  • Jared Kushner
  • Congressman Tom Marino
  • Rebekah Mercer
  • Steven Mnuchin
  • Congressman Devin Nunes
  • Anthony Scaramucci
  • Peter Thiel
  • Donald Trump Jr.
  • Eric Trump
  • Ivanka Trump
  • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
  • Trump Campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon

Trump also announced that Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions, Rick Dearborn, will join the Presidential Transition Team as executive director.

Richard Bagger, executive director of the Presidential Transition Team during the preparation phase, will return to the private sector but will remain with the Team as an advisor, as will preparation phase General Counsel Bill Palatucci.

Joining Dearborn on the Presidential Transition Team’s Staff Leadership lineup are:

  • Kellyanne Conway, Senior Advisor
  • David Bossie, Deputy Executive Director
  • Stephen Miller, National Policy Director
  • Jason Miller, Communications Director
  • Hope Hicks, National Press Secretary
  • Dan Scavino, Director of Social Media
  • Don McGahn, General Counsel
  • Katie Walsh, Senior Advisor

The Vice President-elect has tapped his three senior advisors: Nick Ayers, Josh Pitcock and Marc Short to work alongside him in this process.

“President-elect Trump will bring about fundamental change in Washington, and these are the right people to make that happen,” Pence said. “This team of experienced leaders will form the building blocks of our Presidential Transition Team staff leadership roster, and will work with elected officials and tireless volunteers to prepare our government for the transfer of power on January 20th.”

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