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Former Rep. Mike Rogers Steps Down From Donald Trump’s Transition Team

National security expert Mike Rogers said he was proud of his work on the team

(WASHINGTON) — Former Rep. Mike Rogers, a well-respected Republican voice on national security, is stepping down from Donald Trump’s transition team.

Rogers says in a statement that is he proud of the work his team did to produce policy and personnel guidance “on the complex national security challenges facing our great country.” He says the work provides a “strong foundation” for Trump’s new transition team.

Days after winning the presidential election, Trump announced that he was putting Vice President-elect Mike Pence in charge of the transition. The move amounted to a demotion for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who had been running the operations for months.

Rogers’ departure is likely to rattle some Republicans who worry about Trump’s lack of foreign policy experience. Rogers chaired the House Intelligence committee and is a former Army officer and FBI special agent.

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