Mike Pence to Head Trump Transition Team

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announces that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services had approved the state’s waiver request for the plan his administration calls HIP 2.0 during a speech in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Former Indiana Governor and current Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence will be taking over operations of President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team into the White House. With increased suspicion that Gov. Chris Christie was involved in the infamous ‘Bridgegate’ scandal of 2013, the switch comes across as prudent and diplomatic.

Vice-President-Elect Mike Pence also has a uniquely valuable standing for the job, as his various contacts inside the republican party will allow for well-calculated decisions when assigning various posts in Donald Trump’s new administration and cabinet. He will be aided by 16-member advisory committee that include Donald Trump’s children and Steve Bannon, a senior member of Trump’s campaign staff and former Editor-In-Chief of Breitbart News.

Despite losing his seat as chairman of the transition, Christie spoke highly of the team, calling them a “thoroughly professional and dedicated team of people.”

“I look forward to working with Vice-President Elect Pence and the rest of the leadership team,” He said.

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Above: Donald Trump and President Barack Obama shake hands in the White House after Trump’s victory

Donald Trump announced Friday, “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. Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation–specifically jobs, security, and opportunity.”

The leaders he speaks of will include Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York; retired Lt. General Michael T. Flynn ; Gov. Chris Christie; Dr. Ben Carson; Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama; and former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.

Even while the committee remains with a private session, names have circulated as potential members of Trump’s inner cabinet. One name in circulation is Jamie Dimon, current CEO of JPMorgan Chase, as a consideration for Secretary of Treasury. Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus also appear as potential picks for the new president’s chief-of-staff.

Photo Credits: AP Photo
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