Congressmen Marino, Barletta Named to Trump Transition Team

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (L) and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta were named to the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump.

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino (L) and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta were named to the transition team for President-elect Donald Trump.

Pennsylvania U.S. Representatives Lou Barletta and Tom Marino have been named to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence will take the helm in crafting the next presidential administration as he takes over as chairman of the transition effort, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition organization announced Friday.

Rep. Marino, from Lycoming County, represents the 10th Congressional District. He was just elected to a fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Rep. Barletta, from Luzerne County, represents the 11th Congressional District. He was just elected to a fourth term in Congress.

Barletta released a statement Friday afternoon.

“It is a great honor to be asked by the next President of the United States to be part of the team that will help put together the new administration to take office in just two months.  As I said many times during the campaign, I have seen the ‘Board Room Donald Trump’ when I sat in meetings with him.  In those sessions, he always sought the input of those around him and listened to their opinions and ideas.  I anticipate that he will expect similar counsel from his transition team.  It is an exciting time, as we will be assembling the people who will be tackling the problems facing the country and making America great again.  I appreciate the confidence President-Elect Trump has shown in me and I take on the responsibility with humility and the resolve to perform to the best of my abilities.”

Pence will take over the top position on the transition team from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who began leading the presidential transition in the months before Trump’s surprise victory.

President-elect Trump also announced that the following leaders will join the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee:

Congressman Lou Barletta
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Congressman Chris Collins
Jared Kushner
Congressman Tom Marino
Rebekah Mercer
Steven Mnuchin
Congressman Devin Nunes
Anthony Scaramucci
Peter Thiel
Donald Trump Jr.
Eric Trump
Ivanka Trump
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
Trump Campaign CEO Stephen K. Bannon

Christie will now serve as a vice-chairman to the transition effort alongside Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Dr. Ben Carson and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, all of whom have been close confidantes of the billionaire during his presidential campaign.

Trump said in a statement that Pence “will build on the initial work” Christie accomplished “to help prepare a transformative government ready to lead from day one.

“The mission of our team will be clear: put together the most highly qualified group of successful leaders who will be able to implement our change agenda in Washington. Together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding this nation — specifically jobs, security and opportunity,” Trump said.

The New York Times first reported the shakeup.

Trump also announced a 16-member executive committee advising the transition efforts composed of Trump’s children, some of his top political supporters and some of the top advisers to his campaign, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and campaign CEO Steve Bannon, who are both leading contenders to be named White House chief of staff.

Trump also formalized the staffing of his transition team, including naming Sessions’ chief of staff, Rick Dearborn, as executive director.

Dearborn, a longtime Sessions aide, had been working on the transition for some time as a chief legislative affairs and policy official and was the organizer of Trump’s campaign policy shop in Washington before that.

Trump’s senior campaign staff will also transition to roles with the presidential transition organization, largely retaining the same roles they had with the campaign. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway will serve as senior adviser.

Sources also told CNN top Pence staffers Marc Short and Nick Ayers will be heavily involved.

Bridgegate scandal hurt Christie’s standing

Pence, the governor of Indiana and a former member of Congress, is not the first vice president to lead transition efforts. Former Vice President Dick Cheney played a leading role in the transition leading up to George W. Bush’s presidency.

Pence was tapped for the post in part because of his deep and longstanding relationships with both Republicans on Capitol Hill and Republican governors. The role will complement Pence’s efforts during the campaign in urging Republicans to rally around Trump’s candidacy.

The decision to backbench Christie comes as the New Jersey governor faces intensifying scrutiny over his role in lane closures of the George Washington Bridge after two of his former aides were convicted in the scandal. Christie has denied any wrongdoing, but federal authorities continue to probe his role in the incident.

Two sources familiar with the process said the Bridgegate scandal and questions over Christie’s loyalty to Trump were factors in the decision. While Christie was one of Trump’s earliest prominent backers, he disappeared from the public eye after the surfacing of the 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which Trump bragged about groping women.

Christie has also had a tenuous relationship with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been intimately involved in transition efforts, stemming from Christie’s prosecution of Kushner’s father.

‘It’s kind of chaos’

Sessions had taken on much of the leadership of the planning effort, the sources said, despite Christie retaining the chairman title. While Christie had made frequent visits to D.C. early in the transition process, he was not seen in the office for weeks leading up to the election.

While the nearly 100 staffers working on the transition had been toiling for weeks to prepare for a potential Trump administration, even those in the transition had not expected it to come to fruition. A source close to the transition said the staffers were networking last week, looking to line up post-election jobs as they prepared for a loss.

That left the transition in a state of shock when Trump was elected. Though they had done the work to prepare a Trump administration, the mogul himself had not been actively involved and staff weren’t immediately able to put plans into action.

“I think it’s kind of chaos. I don’t think anyone was ready for what happened,” the source said. “They have a plan in place, it’s just a question of whether Trump’s OK with it.”

The reshuffling of the transition and addition of many of the campaign’s heavy hitters — who had been detached from the transition as they worked toward the election — comes the first day that Trump has held a meeting with his transition team.

With Trump’s engagement, the transition is expected to now be able to get going in earnest on planning his agenda, developing policy and vetting and naming Cabinet officials.

The transition team compiled possible names for Cabinet positions in advance, but has added vetting staff in recent days to be able to begin the process of clearing those names ahead of what will likely be tense Senate confirmation hearings in the new administration, according to a source familiar with the process.

34 comments

  • McCracken

    Glad to see nepotism is still alive and well. Not a completely rediculous team, but I’d like to see him distance himself from Barletta and Christie.

  • God Bless America and Prince Harry

    Americans have an election, where someone loses. We stick together, not fight each other in the streets. People and businesses are getting injured. STOP IT, please. To the celebrities and media that are flaming this, YOU should help pay for the damage.

    On an off topic note: PRINCE HARRY, is another one who uses the media when it suits him. WNEP TV, ran a small story of this romance with Meghan Markle (American who said, she would move to Canada if Trump won) a few days ago. PRINCE HARRY sent a scathing (bullying) letter warning the media’s coverage over a girl, who herself, made the publicity worst by self publishing info on social media sites. Don’t attack the media, PRINCE HARRY. The media is doing their job! Your girlfriend, and her relentless scathing photos from her acting is open to public opinion. She is steamy windows, Harry. Go wipe it off yourself. Tell Meghan, she can keep that promise to move to Canada if Trump won. WELL, he did win. Bye. God save the Queen! Cheers!

  • channel 16 watchdog

    My God channel 16, how about some new stories? Are you weekend crews playing grab azz in the cubicles or something? I’m going to e-mail the production department and tell them to start cracking the whip on you slacking slackers!

  • God Bless America

    I am very proud of Pa., for bringing this election to a win for, Donald Trump!! The middle class has spoken. Americans are hungry for jobs, protection, affordable health care, etc. These protests are to try and get the Electoral College, to change their vote to Hillary. Why, doesn’t she tell them stop being violent? Glad these two men are helping, Trump. Proud to be American! Proud to be from, Pennsylvania! Go USA VETS!

    • yup

      I am a Trump supporter but not so much of a “go usa vets” guy. Our military hasn’t done anything lately to preserve our freedom. Hell, we haven’t won a war in over 70 years and last time I checked, we are still free. The military is way over rated.

      • God Bless America

        You need tissues for your issues. Move to a different country. GO USA Vets! Thank you for your selfless service to our country and the world for our freedom and protection.

      • just the disappointing facts

        I agree with YUP. Our soldiers are nothing more than a bunch of militarized, brainwashed, uncle sam thugs that after killing childten in war they come back home and become police officers. Then they abuse their authority, beat the their wife then fortunately kill themselves. Did I miss anything? I didn’t think so.

  • victory feels good!

    When will the media and Democrats finally stop whining? It’s starting to get old. Suck it up and in four years try again. That’s what we (Republicans) had to do for eight years. You snarfing snarf snarfs will be just fine.

    • Really???

      Give us a break! People listened to NOTHING buy whining, griping, sniping, anger, blame, divisiveness and namecallling while elected Reputs vowed to do nothing except make Obama a one term president., When that failed, it only ratcheted it up a thousand notches. You can’t handle a few days and you’re whining about it already!

  • Jeff Woehrle

    I’m not sure about the sweetest part of all this…

    The fact that Trump will be the next president, or the meltdown that liberals are having over it.

    A great time to be a Republican…and an American.

  • Writer Girl

    Two good choices, but please tell President Trump to rethink the EPA and Global Warming and don’t give businesses a no holds barred reason to harm the environment and workers. Go slowly on that one but fast on the rest of his issues.

  • Waiting!

    It’s these type decisions that don’t convince us Trump is able to surround himself with the brightest and the best as he kept saying he’d do!

      • lookback

        He should be surrounded by prison guards and placed in the protective cell reserved for sexual predators. Oh and the EPA, he already announced his choice, the most anti environmental, climate change denier in this country, good luck on that one. Of course he is already back tracking on building his wall and deporting illegals, has hired the very lobbyists and hedge fund manager he railed against, back tracked on getting rid of Obamacare, ah it will be so much fun watching as his loyal sheep realize they have all been had, but you will still have his hate for “others”, so I guess that is something you can be happy about.

      • lookback

        Evidently you never served in the military or you would understand the Governments classification designations. She sent classified info through the emails, classified is about the lowest form of designation there is, it goes classified, confidential, secret, top secret, for your eyes only, ultra top secret, for the Presidents eyes only, but then again you are a Trumper and truth and facts are foreign to you.. But hey if Trump came over to your house you would probably tell him, this is my lovely daughter, honey come over here and pull up your skirt so the President elect can get a good grab on your P&%#y, they may be your family values but I’d beat the predator to a pulp and have the SOB in handcuffs. I guess the closeted sexual predators feel it is their time to shine knowing the GOP and Trump supporters have their back.

      • Vince Foster

        I wonder if this “Lookback” rocket scientist can explain to us where Special Access Program data, like the type that was on Clinton’s illegal server, fits into the intelligence paradigm?

      • WOW!

        Such a typical response and explains so much about our current state! These two are not top tier when high level information and original ideas are required. They will go along with everyone else and do as they’re told.

      • Vince Foster

        ^^Your incoherent diatribe is evidence that Trump is going to need to reform our failing educational system

  • IVAN THE SO-SO

    Maybe Trump will appoint Clinton to Ambassador To Libya. I’m sure some of our military would love to get their hands on her. lol

    • Feed Me More

      you obviously live in a fairy tale land with make believe gods, because for us in the real world everyone is a human being, with the only thing separating us is money. there are no gods and trump is a despicable human.

  • Connections

    Casino Marino has that connection but what is Barletta’s? Reward for jumping on the bandwagon from the very beginning?

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