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Trump's transition hits an early snag

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>> We really->> Just a week after his stunning victory, President-elect, Donald Trump's transition showing early signs of trouble Tuesday as he met with incoming Vice President and transition team chair, Mike Pence. Trump dropping well-regarded former Congressman and intelligence expert, Mike Rogers, from the transition team after demoting New Jersey governor Chris Christie from the transition's top post.
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A source telling Reuters, Rogers was pushed out in part because the House Committee he once ran did not go after Hillary Clinton aggressively enough in its probe of the Benghazi attack. Reporter Dustin Volz is following this story.>> Mike Rogers is seen as a veteran on national security matters.
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Someone who has spent a long time dealing with national security, cybersecurity in Congress. So his departure from the Trump transition team leaves a hole for them on these issues. A lot of folks observing this don't really see anybody immediately able to fill that void of knowledge and expertise.
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>> The reshuffle at Trump Tower reflects the sidelining of more moderate conservatives, like Rogers and Christie, in favor of hardliners such as Pence and former Breitbart CEO, Steve Bannon, named Monday as Trump's chief strategist. The move coming as some prominent Republicans are backing away from key posts. Retired neurosurgeon and former White House House rival Ben Carson, who had been discussed for the top health or education job, announcing he would not accept a cabinet appointment.
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Former state department official Elliot Cohen meanwhile tweeting a warning to Republicans who served under the last Republican president, George W Bush. Telling them, quote, stay away. They're angry, arrogant, screaming you lost, and it will be ugly. Another potential red flag, Pence saying he'll continue to juggle his job as the governor of Indiana along with his transition duties.
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With less than 70 days until he takes office, Trump has yet to make a major cabinet appointment, and has to fill about 4,000 other posts.