WASHINGTON (AP) — During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump renounced Republican orthodoxy on overhauling Social Security reform.
But the man heading the Trump transition team’s Social Security effort is a former lobbyist who’s spent much of his career advocating for cutting and privatizing the program.
It’s just one example of apparent discord between Trump’s populist economic platform and the people in charge of planning to carry it out.
There are some true Washington outsiders on the team. But many players are familiar from the Republican economic establishment.
The mix indicates a strong leaning toward rolling back much of the Obama administration’s post-financial collapse reforms, and a general posture toward deregulation.
The team is in charge of putting together hiring recommendations, working with outgoing appointees and laying the groundwork for administration’s opening months.