If you want evidence Donald Trump’s presidential transition has not abandoned its efforts, here it is.
The leaders of the GOP nominee’s transition team attended a meeting at the White House Friday with the heads of Clinton’s transition effort and 15 heavy-hitters from the Obama administration. Yes, the two transition teams were in the same room, working toward a common goal just a week before Election Day.
The group met at the invitation of White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to hammer out the details of the coming exchange of power, including a review of transition preparations in federal agencies.
“We have appreciated the seriousness with which both campaigns’ transition teams have approached their planning and look forward to our continued work to ensure that the President-Elect and his or her team are prepared to hit the ground running following Election Day,” White House spokesperson Brandi Hoffine said in a statement.
National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Lisa Monaco, White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, and Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan were among the attendees.
Other topics of discussion included the General Service Administration’s (GSA) role in supporting the transition teams, the development of a federal budget for fiscal year 2018, emergency preparations, the on-boarding of new administration personnel, and how the Obama administration will communicate with the winner’s transition after Nov. 8.
Trump transition executive director Rich Bagger and director of agency action Ron Nicol represented the Republican side; Clinton transition co-executive directors Ann O’Leary and Ed Meier represented the Democrats.
As we’ve reported, Trump and Clinton transition leaders have met regularly with each other in the presence of others over the last several months as they coordinate with the Obama administration and receive advice from previous transition officials. (In case you missed it, they also work in the same building.)
Friday’s meeting was yet another example of how removed the transition process is from the tumult and rancor of the campaign.