Trump to meet with Japanese PM, Kissinger, governors

In this Nov. 9, 2016, photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a rally in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team will soon announce the members of the landing teams that will handle communication and coordination with federal agencies for the next two months.

There will be three teams: national security, economic, and domestic. The national security landing team is being finalized and names will be submitted to the White House on Friday. They will be released to the press around 9 a.m.

The economic team will be announced next Monday and the domestic team on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Trump has meetings Thursday with Henry Kissinger, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and several other “absolute, top-shelf people,” spokesman Jason Miller told reporters.

The president-elect will also have his first in-person meeting with a foreign leader since the election on Thursday night when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Trump Tower.

Transition spokesman Sean Spicer said a lobbying ban Trump has imposed on all those joining the transition is “true, forward-thinking change.”

“Instead of looking back, it looks forward. The focus of this is to ensure that service to the nation is put first,” he said of the ban that was announced Wednesday.

In addition to signing a pledge that they have terminated any recent lobbying, all current and future members of the transition team and the landing teams will be prohibited from working as a registered lobbyist for five years after leaving government service and from representing foreign governments for life.

Reporters were told “appropriate precautions” are being taken to ensure that Trump’s phone calls with foreign leaders are secure, but no additional information was provided.

More details are expected Friday on how Trump will be spending Thanksgiving week.

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