Ex-U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers exits Trump transition team

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Former Congressman Mike Rogers confirmed Tuesday he is no longer part of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, an abrupt departure for a Michigan Republican seen as a potential contender for a post in the new administration.

Rogers had been serving as a national security adviser to the Trump transition team, a role first announced six months ago. In a statement, the Howell Republican said he is “pleased” to hand off the work to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence and others heading up a reconfigured Trump transition team.

Rogers, 53, was a holdover from the original transition team. Bloomberg News, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, reported Rogers departed “at the request of team officials.”

“It was a privilege to prepare and advise the policy, personnel and agency action teams on all aspects of the national security portfolio during the initial pre-election planning phase,” Rogers said.

“Our work will provide a strong foundation for the new transition team leadership as they move into the post-election phase, which naturally is incorporating the campaign team in New York who drove President-elect Trump to an incredible victory last Tuesday.”

Trump began shaking up his transition team last week after his stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton, picking Pence to lead the effort while sidelining New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

A former special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rogers served as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee before declining to seek re-election in 2014. He has since hosted “Something to Talk About,” a 60-second segment syndicated on radio stations across the country, and is also a regular commentator on national security issues for CNN.

Rogers and former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Holland, who also chaired the Intelligence Committee, are seen as possible Michigan candidates for posts in the Trump administration.

Rogers said Tuesday that he looks forward to “continuing to provide and advice as needed in the incoming Trump administration” and made clear he was proud of work done by the original transition team.

“America’s challenges domestically and overseas are so enormous that we needed to move in a drastically different direction for our country,” he said. “The American people felt that, and made a historic choice that shocked the political and media establishment.”

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