Pence keeps pulse on Congress as leader of Trump transition
As work goes forward on new health care legislation and other radical reforms pledged by President elect Donald Trump, vice president elect, Mike Pence, former Indiana governor, who spent 22 years in Congress, takes the lead of the transition team for selecting the new government. He replaces Chris Christie.
A 16-member advisory committee will also work close to Trump. It is composed of his closest campaign advisers and loyalists, daughter Ivanka, her husband Jared Kushner, his two adult sons, Donald and Eric, former New York Mayor, Rudolph Giuliani, retired Gen. Michael Flynn, strategic director Kellyann Conway, and ex-Breitbart News chairman Stephen Bannon.
The last two are floated for the key post of White House chief of staff along with NRC chairman Reince Priebus, another hot contender.
The president elect is keeping his cards on policy and appointments very close to his chest. However in his first interviews Friday and Saturday to the Wall Street Journal and CBS, Donald Trump said that, after meeting Barack Obama, he was thinking of keeping two Obamacare benefits after the scheme was repealed, including one that kept young adults under their parents’ coverage until the age of 26.