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Trump’s new brain trust

Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s preparations for taking over the federal government are as wildly different as their campaigns for the White House — and for once, Trump’s operation is the more elaborate one.

While the Republican’s campaign is marked by light staffing, a scant policy agenda and the nominee’s gut-instinct style on the stump, the Trump transition team led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has assembled nearly 100 advisers who are weighing details on issues ranging from taxes and national security to decisions on which Obama administration policies should be quickly overturned, according to people familiar with its inner workings.

In contrast, Clinton’s transition team is still largely bare bones — one Democrat who has met with it said it has about 20 staffers, including part-timers. Her policy agenda has already been substantially mapped out over the past year by the hundreds of people advising her sprawling campaign network, so the transition is moving at a low-key pace while Clinton World focuses on the final weeks of the presidential contest.

“They don’t want people in Washington thinking up names to be the deputy secretary of commerce. They want people in the field helping to elect President Clinton,” another Democrat said, highlighting a feeling in the Clinton campaign that they should take nothing for granted after her loss to Barack Obama in 2008 and her unexpectedly stiff challenge this year from Sen. Bernie Sanders. “They’re not really focusing on who should be in what job.”

 

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