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Team Trump is landing in Washington

Nancy Marshall-Genzer Nov 21, 2016
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks with President-elect Donald Trump, his wife Melania Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the U.S. Capitol for a meeting on Nov. 10 in Washington, D.C.
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President-elect Trump’s economic landing team will establish beachheads at places like the Treasury Department. They’ll be doing the homework for about 4,000 government workers Trump will appoint — the top layer of management at government agencies.  

But then there are more than 2 million federal workers, just in the executive branch. They’re not appointed, and won’t be leaving with President Barack Obama. These federal workers will show the landing teams how their agencies run.

“By way of drafting regulations, by way of preparing budgets, anticipating problems,” said Jack Pitney,  a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. 

The economic landing team will have some very specific questions. Things like…

“What are the forecasts for the national debt and the deficit — what’s the forecast for the interest on the national debt?” said Republican strategist Ron Christie.

Christie said the landing team will also want to know what sanctions are in place against other countries. And, of course, the status of trade agreements.

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