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Mike Pence is now the president of the Trump transition team

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Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is no longer running Trump's transition team. Instead, Vice President-elect Mike Pence will head the transition team. Christie had been running the transition team since April and is now a Vice Chair.

The transition team is in charge of finding people for a Trump administration so the new president can hit the ground running when he assumes office. The first task for the transition team is to find people who could end up in Trump's cabinet as well as people to run federal agencies. 

What the transition team does

Trump will have to make 4,000 appointments-- 1,000 who need Senate approval. The transition team helps fill these positions. Additionally, they coordinate with the current administration to make sure the new appointees are up to date on what's happening so there is no catch up time when they take the reins.

Having his team set before inauguration is important in ensuring Trump is able to implement his agenda.


The Vice Chairs

In addition to Chris Christie, Dr. Ben Carson,  Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, USA (Ret.), Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions will be Vice Chairs. 

All of the Vice Chairs were top level surrogates who often traveled with Trump during his campaign. They also are widely speculated as being candidates for Trump's cabinet.

The executive committee

Trump also announced his the Transition Team executive committee.

The executive committee consist of Congressman Lou Barletta, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Congressman Chris Collins, Jared Kushner, 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, and Trump Campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon.

“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," said Trump in a statement. 

Trump also announced the transition team's staff leadership, which includes high ranking officials from the Republican National Committee, as well as the campaign. 


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