WASHINGTON (AP) – Donald Trump elicited wild cheers during the campaign by pledging to “drain the swamp” in Washington. But the president-elect’s transition team includes former federal bureaucrats, think-tank academics, corporate lawyers and lobbyists.
An internal organizational chart for the Trump transition team lists more than 30 names. Many are well-known within the GOP establishment. Their areas of policy expertise hint at future efforts to restrict abortion, strip away consumer protections, boost defense spending and dismantle environmental regulations. Key members of Trump’s team are also advocates for sweeping privatization of government programs, including Social Security.
The team will not necessarily carry over into the Trump administration – though members of past transition teams often have. Instead, they are in charge of making hiring recommendations and laying the groundwork for administration’s opening months.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence will lead the transition team, replacing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.