Team Donald Trump ready for power
Makes contact with Pentagon, State Dept, which assure cooperation to ensure 'seamless and efficient' transition
US President-elect Donald Trump welcomes Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, as Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner look on, in New York. Abe described Trump as a "trustworthy leader" after meeting him to get clarity on statements he’d made while campaigning, causing concern about the alliance. Pic/AFP
Washington: US President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has contacted the Department of Defence and the State Department along with the National Security Council of the White House for a smooth transfer of power.
"The State Department is now in contact with the President-elect's transition representatives. We look forward to supporting their work and preparations, in keeping with the President's priority of ensuring a smooth transition," State Department spokesman John Kirby said on Thursday.
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said representatives of the President-elect's transition team contacted the department a short time ago to arrange initial briefings. "We expect the first will take place on Friday. As (defence) secretary (Ashton) Carter has said, we will do all we can to help ensure a seamless and efficient transition," Cook said.
Trump met Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, former secretary of state Henry Kissinger and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. During his meeting with Kissinger, Trump discussed China, Russia, Iran, the European Union and other events and issues around the world, said a statement issued by the presidential transition team.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence addressed a meeting of the House Republican Conference, during which he shared an update on the presidential transition. He reaffirmed the commitment of the Trump administration to pursue a legislative strategy focused on tax reform and tax relief, in addition to repealing and replacing Obamacare, securing border, rebuilding infrastructure and other priority items to create jobs and increase security.
Trump has selected representative Mike Pompeo, a hawkish Republican from Kansas and a former army officer, to lead the CIA, according to officials close to the President-elect's transition team.
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