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Vice President-Elect Pence Adds to Presidential Transition Team

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The new additions to the Presidential Transition Team announced by Vice President-elect Mike Pence indicate the transition is still moving forward smoothly. (Reuters photo)

The liberal mainstream media will no doubt try to paint it as another "major shakeup" of the Presidential Transition Team, but in fact, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have merely added more people to the team.

Pence, as chairman of the Presidential Transition Team, has added several new vice chairs. They are:

  • U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
  • U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.)
  • Deputy National Security Adviser-Designate Kathleen Troia "KT" McFarland
  • U.S. Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.)
  • U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.)
  • U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.)

Trump and Pence also appointed the following individuals to the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee:

  • U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)
  • U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)
  • U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.)
  • Pastor Darrell Scott of New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Carnegie Mellon University Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science Kiron Skinner

President-elect Trump also named additional key leadership staff positions supporting the Presidential Transition Team:

  • Aaron Chang will serve as the "advance lead," which is responsible for arranging travel itineraries.
  • Steven Cheung will serve as the Presidential Transition Team's rapid-response director.
  • A.J. Delgado, a conservative commentator who worked on the Trump presidential campaign, will serve as a senior adviser.
  • Jeff DeWit will serve as special adviser for operations.
  • Jessica Ditto will serve as deputy communications director.
  • George Gigicos, who served as the Trump campaign's advance director, will fulfill the same role for the Presidential Transition Team.
  • Michael Glassner will serve as a special adviser for operations.
  • Stephanie Grisham will serve as press director.
  • Katrina Pierson will serve as a senior adviser.
  • Sean Spicer, the current communications director for the RNC, will serve as a senior communications adviser.

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These new additions are all likely to serve in similar roles in the West Wing of the White House beginning the afternoon of Inauguration Day.

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