Amid signs of tran­si­tion woe, Trump hud­dles with Pence

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Hid­den from the pub­lic in his Man­hat­tan high-rise, Don­ald Trump hud­dled Tues­day with Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence as he tried to fill out key posts in his Cabi­net. But the tran­si­tion team ap­peared to be strain­ing un­der the enor­mous chal­lenge of set­ting up a new ad­min­is­tra­tion.

For­mer Rep. Mike Rogers, a re­spected Repub­li­can voice on na­tional se­cu­rity is­sues, an­nounced he was quit­ting the tran­si­tion ef­fort. And an ap­par­ent cler­i­cal over­sight ef­fec­tively halted the Trump team’s abil­ity to co­or­di­nate with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s White House.

With Trump out of sight for sev­eral days, his al­lies en­gaged in an un­usual round of pub­lic spec­u­la­tion about his po­ten­tial ap­point­ments — in­clud­ing their own fu­tures — as the pres­i­dent-elect and his aides weighed the na­tion’s top na­tional se­cu­rity posts. For­mer New York Mayor Rudy Gi­u­liani seemed to be an­gling for sec­re­tary of state.

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