President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team took steps this morning to issue a denial to a report by the Associated Press this morning.
The AP and others have been reporting that the transition team had hired former Sen. Sam Nunn and Clinton official Warren Christopher to take up key roles in the transition process. Apparently, that’s not true.
Sen. Sam Nunn will play an informal senior advisor role throughout the defense transition process. His expertise and the respect he has earned will be invaluable to ensure a smooth transition. Secretary Christopher is deeply respected in the United States and throughout the international community. However, he is not playing a role in the transition process. There’s a lot of disinformation out there. We’re working hard to put the agency review teams together and expect they’ll be announced this week and inside the agencies by the end of the week,” said Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Spokesperson Stephanie Cutter.
Obama’s national security transition team will work with the Bush administration to hand off management of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and diplomacy efforts with North Korea, Russia, and other nations. Obama has not announced his choices to be defense secretary and secretary of state and doesn’t plan on making any announcements today.
Deborah Creighton Skinner is the editorial director at BlackEnterprise.com