BREAKING: Trump Has Just Announced NEW ROLE For Mike PENCE!

BREAKING: Trump Has Just Announced NEW ROLE For Mike PENCE!

In a reshuffling of the deck, President Donald Trump has replaced Gov. Chris Christie with VP Mike Pence as the head of his official Transition Team. Pence will now serve as chairman of the transition team. Christie, who is still suffering from the fallout of Bridge-gate, will remain on board – only in a lesser role, as one of several transition vice chairs. Jeff Sessions’ influence is growing by the day as well.

I’m sure Christie expected this after two of the men he was involved with in the scandal were convicted. “Together this outstanding group of advisors, led by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, 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,” Trump said in a statement. “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.” It is also rumored that Christie is no longer in the running for Attorney General.

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From the Wall Street Journal:

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President-elect Donald Trump shuffled his transition team three days after his surprising victory, increasing the influence of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of Washington’s most vocal critics of illegal immigration, while diluting the role of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie .

Mr. Christie was removed as transition chairman on Friday, a position that will now be filled by Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the transition team confirmed. Mr. Christie will remain on the transition team’s executive committee as a vice chairman, along with Ben Carson, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mr. Sessions.

The most drastic change on staff was the elevation of Rick Dearborn, the staff chief of Mr. Sessions’s Washington office, into the role of transition director. The move sidelined Rich Bagger, a top ally of Mr. Christie’s who held that role for the last several months. Mr. Bagger couldn’t be reached for comment. 

The changes come a week after two of Mr. Christie’s allies were convicted of public-corruption related to the closing of lanes at the George Washington Bridge. A New Jersey jury on Nov. 4 convicted Bridget Kelly, a former aide to the Republican governor, and Bill Baroni, a former executive at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, for their roles in what prosecutors said was a plot to create traffic jams to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse Mr. Christie for re-election.

Trump also announced today that a number of other big names would join the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee, including: his finance chairman Steven Mnuchin; venture capitalist Peter Thiel; Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon; and children Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump. Some of those figures are also seen as potential prospects for key administration posts.

I’m sure that Trump will build the strongest, best equipped team available. He has a lot to do in a short time. It will be interesting to see what other changes are forthcoming.

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