President-Elect Trump Begins To Play Catch Up On Transition

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump and his senior team have begun the herculean task of picking a Cabinet and tapping hundreds of appointees to senior roles in key departments, many requiring multiple security reviews or Senate confirmation.

Trump’s team was huddling privately Wednesday to begin a more focused period of transition planning. The group includes transition chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, among others.

The team is putting a premium on quickly filling key national security posts, according to people familiar with the conversations, but not authorized to discuss them publicly.

Bill Hagerty, Trump’s director of presidential appointments, is declining to offer any details on a likely timeline for Trump’s first personnel moves.