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50 Obama appointees asked to stay

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The sign used as the backdrop for press briefings at the U.S. Department of State is seen before a news conference at the department in Washington on Aug. 10, 2006.

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said Thursday.

The officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work and America’s third-ranking diplomat, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, will serve as acting chiefs of their agencies until successors for the top jobs are confirmed by the Senate, Trump’s spokesman Sean Spicer said.

Thursday’s announcement comes after weeks of questions about how Trump’s team is managing the presidential transition, although it may not address broader concerns about what officials at many federal agencies have said is a lack of communication with the incoming team.

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