Trump relies on Washington insiders to build administration

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According to the Times, the energy sector is the area in which Trump's transition team is most compromised.

First and foremost, he needs to go about his campaign promise of "draining the swamp" - that is, ridding Washington of the corrupt and self-serving culture that takes the American people for granted.

The team will not necessarily carry over into the Trump administration, although members of past transition teams often have.

David Malpass, who is overseeing the Treasury Department transition, was Bear Stearns' chief economist in the years before the firm's 2008 collapse.

Dan DiMicco, who is overseeing the transition of the USA trade representative's office, fits in well with Trump's avowed hard line on tariffs.

Former Republic representative Mike Rogers, from MI, is taking the lead on crafting Mr Trump's national security team. And former OH official and George W. Bush honorary campaign co-chair, Ken Blackwell, will be in charge of domestic issues, including health and human services, labor, and environmental protection.

The president-elect wants to put into law a five-year ban on officials lobbying former colleagues and a lifetime ban on lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.

Blackwell served as the mayor of Cincinnati from 1979 to 1980, the Ohio State Treasurer from 1994 to 1999, and Ohio Secretary of State from 1999 to 2007. He is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, which opposes same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Ado Machida, a top domestic policy aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney, is also on the list.

Edwin Meese III, who served as attorney general under Mr. Reagan and is now associated with the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank, is helping oversee management and budget issues, along with Kay Coles James, a Bush administration official who now runs an institute that trains future African-American leaders.

"There are going to be a lot of companies and people looking for guidance in how to deal with the legislative and executive branch", Trent Lott, a former senator and current lobbyist of Squire Patton Boggs, told The New York Times.

A tobacco company lobbyist is in charge of finding staff and planning initial policy at Homeland Security. Catanzaro is working on energy independence, along with Mike Ference, a lobbyist at the firm S-3 Group, representing Halliburton, Koch Industries and Marathon Oil.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's transition team banned lobbyists altogether, Politico reported late last month. As his campaign staff was just as inexperienced as the real-estate mogul turned reality-TV star, Trump has turned to numerous same people who worked for the last Republican administration of former president George W. Bush.