Friday, 11 November 2016

President Trump: The transition team

President Elect Donald Trump essentially used his Apprentice "you're fired!" line today, to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a key ally to Mr Trump during the election campaign. Many thought Christie would be key to Trump's transition team but that doesn't appear to be the case.

Many have linked the decision to "BridgeGate", which saw two of Christie's former aides convicted on Friday (days before the election) of causing massive traffic jams, as a form of political revenge near the country's busiest bridge. The plot was centred around a Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich, who refused to endorse Christie when he ran for re-election in 2013.

Testimony during the seven week case contradicted Christie's statements about just how much he knew about the four days of gridlock, caused at the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee in September 2013.

(Update November 11, 8:40pm [GMT] - Donald Trump has said in a statement that Chris Christie will serve as one of the tradition teams Vice-Chairmen)

Instead of Christie, Donald Trump has today said his Vice President Elect running mate and 50th Governor of Indiana Mike Pence would lead the Trump Administrations transition team as it prepares for inauguration day on January 20 2017.

Earlier today Pence made his first phone call overseas to British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in which he said they discussed "America's long standing and close relationship with the UK", Boris Johnson also tweeted to say they had discussed the importance of the "special relationship".

Johnson has basically followed on from PM Theresa May's niceties, very different to last year when Mr Johnson called Mr Trump "out of his mind" for his plans to bar all Muslims from entering the United States.

So the Trump transition team is as follows:
  • Congressman Lou Barletta
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
  • Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
  • Congressman Chris Collins
  • Jared Kushner (husband of First Daughter Ivanka)
  • 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
  • Stephen K. Bannon
  • Kallyanne Conway (Trump's campaign manager)
In a statement Trump said the team would build on the initial work done by Chris Christie and help prepare a transformative government ready to lead from day one.

Trump added: "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".

The President Elect's comments on assembling a qualified group is quite interesting. One of the main arguments against Trump being President (aside from the racism and sexism of course), is the fact he is painfully inexperienced, so its clear he is trying to put those fears to rest.

In my opinion it won't! As unrest continues on the streets of the United States in protest of Trump's election.

Personally, I think its time to just accept it. Instead the work should be on the part of the Democratic party and those who support it, at working towards holding the Trump administration to account and ensuring he is defeated if he runs for re-election in four years.

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