President-elect Donald Trump began laying the groundwork on November 11 to take office on Jan. 20, 2017, gathering the most loyal advisers from his insurgent campaign and three of his children to plot his transition strategy.
Trump put Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge of his White House transition team, while demoting his former transition chief, tarnished New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, to one of the six vice-chair posts.
Daughter Ivanka and sons Eric and Donald Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner accounted for a fourth of the 16-member executive committee, which was filled with politicians and advisers who stuck with Trump during his rollercoaster first run for public office.
US President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence embrace at their election night rally in Manhattan, New York, US, November 9, 2016
Aides huddled in the real-estate mogul's Trump Tower in New York City to begin prioritizing policy changes and considering Cabinet picks and other candidates for the 4,000 positions he will need to fill shortly after he takes the reins of the White House.
A member of the Trump transition team told Reuters there were more than 100 people now involved in developing "white papers" on what regulations to roll back after Jan. 20. Some environmental measures and a rule requiring retirement advisers to act in their clients' interests could be among the first on the chopping block, an industry lobbying source said.
Trump promised during his campaign to cut taxes, tighten immigration and repeal President Barack Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.
Trump, a billionaire real estate magnate, also moved on November 11 to extricate himself from his sprawling business empire, which will be overseen by his three grown children on the transition team.
His company said it was vetting new business structures for the transfer of control to the three and the arrangement would not violate conflict-of-interest laws. But government ethics experts said the move would fall short of blind trust standards and was unlikely to prevent potential conflicts of interest.
Trump said that Pence - who has strong ties to Republican leaders in Congress - will build on the work done under the leadership of Christie and has the mission of assembling "the most highly qualified group of successful leaders who will be able to implement our change agenda in Washington."
Christie, once viewed as a top candidate for attorney general, is dealing with political fallout from the 'Bridgegate' lane closure scandal. Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is now the leading contender for the top law enforcement job, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.
On his way out of Trump Tower, Giuliani said he was happy to advise Trump but declined to say whether he will serve in his administration.