Trump Announces Transition Team: Includes Children Don Jr., Ivanka, Eric — Jared Kushner, Peter Thiel, Steve Bannon
Donald Trump announced his Transition Team on Friday afternoon.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take over the job of leading the Trump Transition Team from Governor Chris Christie.
Donald Trump has included three of his adult children on the team, Don Jr, Ivanka and Eric, along with Jared Kushner, his son in law.
Gay Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel and Campaign manager Stephen K. Bannon will also be part of the team as well as donor Rebekah Mercer and RNC chairman Reince Priebus.
The New York Times reported:
The president-elect told advisers he wanted to tap Mr. Pence’s Washington experience and contacts to help move the process along, according to people familiar with the discussions. An executive committee including members of Congress will advise Mr. Pence as the process moves forward.
Mr. Christie, along with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, and Michael T. Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who has been a top campaign supporter, will serve as vice chairmen of the transition, the sources said.
The transition team is adding 12 members, including a Republican donor, Rebekah Mercer; Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman; Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee; Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal; Representative Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee; and three of Mr. Trump’s adult children and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Rick Dearborn, the chief of staff to Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican of Alabama, will move from the campaign’s Washington office to help run the transition office. He move will push aside Rich Bagger, who is close to Mr. Christie and had been working on the transition.
Mr. Trump’s administration is being assembled behind the scenes. But like much else in the nation’s capital, little stays secret for long.