President Trump Retains Obama’s 50 Appointees

By Ikenga Chronicles January 20, 2017

President Trump Retains Obama’s 50 Appointees

President Donald Trump has retained 50 senior President Barack Obama administration appointees to remain in order to ensure continuity in government.

The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said the officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department.

‘’Deputy Defence Secretary Robert Work and America’s third-ranking diplomat, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, will serve as acting chiefs of their agencies until successors for the top jobs are confirmed by the Senate, ’Trump’s spokesman said.

At the State Department, Shannon will be in charge until next week as a Senate vote on Trump’s choice for Secretary of State, former Exxon Mobil
CEO Rex Tillerson, is not expected until Monday or Tuesday.

Also staying will be Brett McGurk, the Obama administration’s point-man for fighting the Islamic State group, Nicholas Rasmussen, the National
Counterterrorism Center Director, and Adam Szubin, the Treasury Department’s top official for terrorism and financial intelligence.

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