President-elect Trump has a lot of work to do and he has already hit the ground running. Vice President-elect Mike Pence has been tasked with transition and work has commenced.
On Thursday, the transition of power from president Obama to Trump started with a meeting that was expected to be only 10 minutes, but instead lasted 90 minutes.
Although president Obama consistently said Trump was unfit to be the country’s leader, he has made it clear he is going to work with Trump to ensure a smooth and successful transition.
“My No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful,” said Obama following the meeting. “If you succeed, the country succeeds.”
So far, in this, the first week, the transition planning has gone smoothly.
“Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times,” said Trump. He also said he would be seeking “counsel” from Obama and that they discussed “some high-flying assets.”
Now Trump has to develop strategies to fulfill the promises he made during his election. So, how will Trump accomplish this long list?
“The newly-minted President-elect is now faced with the task of turning his hardline policy proposals into concrete legislative proposals and ultimately law. But with many of his more extreme proposals opposed even by some Republicans in Congress, Trump will face an uphill climb to implement the very proposals that drew his most ardent supporters to his insurgent campaign,” writes CNN.
He took a hard stance on immigration, healthcare, trade, economic policy, and terrorism. He is going to need a strong team to help him improve these issues.
However, prior to the election he dedicated most of his energy to campaigning. Now that he must govern, he has to select his administration’s staff.
“From the beginning, Mr. Trump has made very clear that he doesn’t want to jinx himself by having a transition and spending an awful lot of money that way,” said Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s campaign manager. “But we have been feverishly working on different people for high positions in a Trump administration.”
So who will he hire to help him accomplish his goals?
“Already, Trump is lining up potential administration appointments, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as a leading contender to serve as attorney general and Congressman Michael McCaul as Homeland Security secretary, according to people familiar with the matter. Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a loyal Trump supporter, is interested in serving as defense secretary, the people said. Trump has told him he has his pick of cabinet positions,” writes newsmax. “Steve Mnuchin, the chairman and chief executive officer of Dune Capital Management has been mentioned as a possible Treasury secretary after his work as Trump’s national finance chairman.”
Multiple outlets have speculated who will help lead the transformation of the government.
“Two leading candidates for White House chief of staff are believed to be Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, and Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s first campaign manager who is now a paid commentator for CNN, according to two people familiar with the deliberations who requested anonymity because the talks are private,” writes The Washington Post.
In fact, Reince Priebus has indeed been announced as chief of staff, and Breitbart CEO Stephen Bannon as Chief Strategist.
The Republican party, which will soon control the White House, Senate, House, and a Supreme Court pick, is united following Trump’s election. All of the Bush’s have made congratulatory calls, and even Glenn Beck has said he will give Trump a chance.
“Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government,” said Paul Ryan, the House Speaker. “We will work hand-in-hand on a positive agenda to tackle this country’s biggest challenges.”