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White House holds disaster-response exercise with Trump officials

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The White House on Friday is hosting a series of exercises with top Trump officials in order to prepare responses to future domestic and foreign emergencies.
 
Several of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks and incoming White House aides are participating, according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest. 
 
A large group of Trump officials was spotted by reporters outside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, including Secretary of State pick Rex Tillerson, Treasury Secretary pick Steven Mnuchin and incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus.
 
{mosads}Trump’s pick for press secretary, Sean Spicer, also confirmed the meeting on Twitter.
Officials will review past responses to natural disasters and other major weather events and simulate responses to future incidents.
 
“It also will include some foreign policy and national security exercises as well,” Earnest said. 
 
The spokesman said the outgoing George W. Bush administration held similar exercises with members of then-President-elect Obama’s team in early 2009. 
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