Trump Transition To Announce Landing Teams To Liaise With Govt Agencies

AP

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday evening, Donald Trump spokesman Jason Miller said that the President-elect’s transition team will make an announcement Thursday about the first wave of “landing teams” that will interact with federal agencies.

Miller told reporters that the first of four “waves” of landing teams will be announced on Thursday morning and will focus on national security, liaising with the State Department, the Justice Department, the Defense Department, and the National Security Council.

The following three waves will address economic agencies, domestic policy, and independent agencies, Miller said.

He announced that any lobbyists in the executive branch under Trump will be banned from lobbying for five years after leaving their jobs with the administration, a plan which the President-elect touted on the campaign trail in October.

Miller reviewed the meetings that Trump held on Wednesday, and announced the commencement of a daily 10:30 a.m. update that will include the President-elect’s and Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s schedules, eventually incorporating questions from reporters as well.

Miller’s announcement was the first update from the Trump campaign after a markedly slow and bumpy start to the transition process. As of Tuesday, Trump’s transition team had not yet reached out to officials at the State Department or the Pentagon for briefings.

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