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Mon Jan 9, 2017, 03:15 PM

Aim is for Trump security team to be in place by Day One: U.S. Senate chief

Source: Reuters

POLITICS | Mon Jan 9, 2017 | 12:55pm EST

Aim is for Trump security team to be in place by Day One: U.S. Senate chief

By Steve Holland | WASHINGTON

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell met President-elect Donald Trump on Monday and said he hoped lawmakers would confirm six or seven national security appointees by the time Trump enters the White House in 11 days.

With the Senate preparing for a crush of hearings to confirm appointees to Trump's Cabinet, McConnell told reporters they also discussed "getting further down the road toward repealing and replacing Obamacare."

Trump has vowed to rework President Barack Obama's 2010 signature healthcare law.

Democrats have voiced concern that several nominees had yet to complete an ethics review process demanded by the congressional Office of Government Ethics but there was no sign this would lead to a delay.

"Everybody will be properly vetted as they have been in the past," McConnell said at Trump Tower in New York where he met the president-elect. He said he hoped to have six or seven nominees on the national security team in place on Day One.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-confirmations-idUSKBN14T13K

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