Trump names DOD transition team; defense secretary post still open
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump announced the members of his Defense Department transition team Friday in advance of the group’s first visit to the Pentagon.
The announcement was made as Trump also named Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as his nominee for Attorney General and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was picked to serve as Trump’s National Security Adviser. Trump also selected Rep. Pompeo, R-Kan., as director of the CIA.
Sessions and Flynn had been considered front-runners for Defense Secretary, though Flynn would have required a waiver from Congress to take on the role because of regulations requiring that a former military officer be retired seven years prior to serving as Defense Secretary. Flynn retired in 2014. Trump must still name his choice for defense secretary.
“We will do everything we can to help ensure a seamless and efficient transition,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said Thursday in a statement announcing the transition team’s Friday arrival.
Trump’s team includes six generals and a former assistant secretary of defense, many of whom were instrumental in former President George W. Bush’s administration.
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