Trump transition team changes described as ‘Stalinesque purge’ of Christie allies: report

Trump transition team changes described as ‘Stalinesque purge’ of Christie allies: report
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE has been shaking up his transition team in the days since the election and ousting those with close ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

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Former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is the latest member of the team to depart in what an NBC source describe as a “Stalinesque purge of people close” to Christie. The New Jersey governor was demoted after Trump's win and Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Pence hires Freedom Caucus adviser for press secretary Lawmakers, pick up the ball on health care and reform Medicaid MORE took over the transition team.

Rogers's ouster highlights the recent demotion of Christie, whose loyalty has been questioned, especially when the governor didn’t defend Trump at several points during the campaign, multiple sources told NBC.

It also puts a spotlight on the amount of control Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has on the incoming administration. Kushner and Christie were reportedly feuding and those same sources told the network Kushner harbors a grudge against the governor for prosecuting his father in 2004.

Trump and Pence will be meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on Tuesday to discuss Cabinet appointments, Trump spokesman Jason Miller told Reuters.

"If the vice president-elect is getting together with the president-elect to discuss names, then I would say that it's serious, obviously," Miller said.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is reportedly the favorite to head the State Department. 

Retired neurosurgeon and former GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said he’s not interested in serving as secretary of Health and Human Services.

--This report was updated at 12:19 p.m.