WSJ peeks into list of people to key jobs in Trump administration

23:55, 09 November 2016
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President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team, like his campaign operation, has had a much smaller staff than previous Republican nominees, and hasn't produced the voluminous policy proposals and potential legislation demanded by other candidates, including Mitt Romney four years ago, according to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

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"The team has also been assembling a list of people to fill key jobs in a Trump administration. Some have been close to home.  Among those discussed for attorney general are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top campaign adviser who heads the Trump transition team, and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, according to two campaign aides," the WSJ wrote on November 9.

According to the WSJ, Mr. Trump's slim campaign team, which has included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, may form the core of a Trump administration. "Names discussed for Health and Human Services secretary include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson, one of Mr. Trump's former primary rivals, one member of the transition team said," it wrote.

A chief of staff should be named within two weeks, and there will be a rush to have his cabinet nominated and approved within two weeks of inauguration, said Mike Leavitt, a former Utah governor advising the transition team.

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In his first days in office, Mr. Trump plans to announce he will reopen the North American Free Trade Agreement, and will withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He plans to order his commerce secretary to identify, and then remedy, all foreign trade "abuses that unfairly impact American workers." He plans to lift restrictions on tapping energy reserves, approve the Keystone Pipeline, and cancel billions in payments to United Nations climate-change programs.

"It will focus on three to five structural reforms from Day One, including controlling the southern border," Mr. Gingrich said about the first 100 days of the Trump administration. "It will almost certainly include very dramatic civil service reform to allow us to fire people who are incompetent or corrupt or breaking the law."

The U.S. presidential election took place on November 8, 2016. Its results were announced on November 9: Trump won 289 electoral votes, his rival Hillary Clinton got 218 with the minimum required set at 270.

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