One of the early clues about how Donald Trump will govern as president is who he selects for his transition team. Incoming vice-president Mike Pence will chair the team after initially being led by Chris Christie, and there are many familiar names on the transition team, including Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Steve Bannon, Peter Thiel and the Trump children. But who are the new players who will help lay the foundation for the Trump presidency? The Daily Wire has you covered.
Mike Rogers. Rogers served as a Republican congressman from 2001 to 2015, and has provided national security commentary on CNN since then. He is reportedly leading the Trump transition team on national security issues and “is being considered for both national security advisor and assistant to the president for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism,” according to The Daily Caller. The Rogers pick has stirred up a little controversy, as he produced a Benghazi report in 2014 that was critical of the 13 Hours book and many members of the committee vehemently disagreed with Rogers’ findings. In short, it is a surprising pick given Trump’s criticism of Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi terror attacks in 2012.
Ed Meese. Meese is most famous for being the attorney general under Ronald Reagan’s administration. He also served in Reagan’s administration when Reagan was governor of California and led Reagan’s 1980 transition team. Meese has since worked for The Heritage Foundation as the chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and is now an ambassador for Heritage. Meese was once a fervent critic of Trump’s presidential candidacy, so the fact that he’s on Trump’s transition team should be a welcome sign for conservatives.
Ed Feulner. Feulner was president of The Heritage Foundation for nearly 40 years and transformed the think-tank from a tiny, bare-bones operation into an intellectual powerhouse that has drawn the ire of leftists for years. Feulner has long been considered one of the most influential conservatives in the country, so his inclusion on the Trump transition team is also good news for conservatives.
Christine Ciccone. Ciccone worked as chief operating officer of Jeb Bush’s failed presidential campaign, but resigned late in 2015 when the Bush campaign underwent downsizing. Ciccone also worked in George W. Bush’s presidential administration as special assistant to the president and before then was a longtime Senate staffer. Ciccone has also worked in a myriad of corporate lobbying positions.
Ado Machida. Machida used to be an advisor to former vice-president Dick Cheney on domestic policy and was an economic policy advisor to Jack Kemp. He has also served in several lobbying positions, according to Politico:
Both before and after his tenure in the Bush White House, Machida worked as a lobbyist for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Kaizen Strategy Group; and BAE Systems, where he lobbied for major companies such as American Airlines, Time Warner, Walgreens, AT&T, Honeywell, Lucent Technologies, and several Native American tribes, according to congressional lobbyings filings from 1999 to 2007.
He also lobbied on behalf of a number of pharmaceutical companies and associations including PhRMA, Abbott Laboratories, and Akorn Pharmaceuticals. He’s known as an expert on tax, trade, and appropriations, according to a 2003 article on lobbyists known as “rainmakers.”
Politico dubbed Machida an “establishment Republican wonk.”
Eric Ueland. Ueland has been the Republican staff director on the Senate Budget Committee since 2013. He had previously served in a variety of Republican Senate staffing positions before then, as well as being the Duberstein Group‘s vice-president.
Rick Dearborn. Dearborn is Session’s chief of staff. He was also one of the people leading Trump’s campaign policy operations, which was in turmoil in September due to staffers not being paid despite being told they would be.
Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA). Barletta is tough on immigration, having “led a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants and businesses that hired them” as mayor of Hazleton, PA and “penalized landlords who rented to illegal immigrants and employers who hired them,” according to PennLive. He introduced legislation cracking down on illegal immigration in Congress and supported Trump early on in the campaign
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). Blackburn has been a vocal Trump surrogate for awhile now and has been a staunch opponent of abortion. Conservative Review gives her a 76 percent liberty score, right in line with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). She has been in Congress since 2003 and could very well have a position in the Trump administration.
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY). Collins has been in Congress since 2013, and he has a 27 percent liberty score at Conservative Review. Collins views himself as a possible “go-between between Mr. Ryan and Mr. Trump,” according the Buffalo News.
Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA). Marino has been in Congress since 2011 and has a 52 percent rating at Conservative Review. He made headlines in 2014 when he criticized House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for not tackling immigration when she was Speaker of the House, prompting Pelosi to chase him across the House floor.
Rebekah Mercer. Mercer is the daughter of Robert and Diana Mercer, who are wealthy conservatives that fund Breitbart News. The Mercer family is very close with Bannon and Kellyanne Conway.
Steve Mnuchin. Mnuchin is the co-founder of Dune Capital Management. He used to work at Goldman Sachs and has donated money to both Democrats and Republicans. He has been Trump’s main fundraiser since May and is being considered for Treasury Secretary.
Pam Bondi. Bondi is the attorney general of Florida. She came under scrutiny earlier in the year when it was revealed that she had received a donation from Trump when Trump University was under investigation.
Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci, known as “the Mooch,” is the managing partner at SkyBridge Capital, a hedge fund firm. Scaramucci has told people that Trump has “seemingly acted crazy” as a means “to win over disaffected white voters,” according to Vanity Fair. He seemed to be making Keynesian-esque arguments in defending Trump’s infrastructure plan in an interview with New York magazine.