Trump’s Obamacare stance softens as his cabinet forms

Trump turned to transition planning Friday morning

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(CNN) – President-elect Donald Trump is softening his stance against “Obamacare.” And he’s shaking up his transition team.

After his full throated campaign calls to repeal President Obama’s signature health care law, now it appears Donald Trump may be willing to strike a deal.

Trump telling the Wall Street Journal that after meeting with the President on Thursday, he’s open to preserving portions of Obamacare – like a provision that prevents insurers from denying coverage because of preexisting conditions. Also, the provision that allows children to remain on their parent’s health insurance policies until they’re 26.

Now the President-elect tells the Wall Street Journal he wants to move quickly on health care once he takes office. And either Obamacare will be amended or repealed and replaced.

The latest look at Trump’s priorities comes as he turns to his VP Mike Pence to take the lead on transition planning – a role previously held by New Jersey governor Chris Christie.

Christie will stay on as a vice chairman, alongside many of Trump’s earliest supporters: Ben Carson, Jeff Sessions, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and Michael Flynn.

As Trump hunkered down in New York to map out a Trump White House, palace intrigue in Washington was running wild.

Among the leading candidates for chief of staff, Reince Priebus – the Republican National Committee chairman who has strong ties to Capitol Hill, and who buoyed Trump’s successful presidential bid with the GOP’s data and ground operation.

But filling the role is already sparking friction amongst the team.

Priebus is the favorite option among some in Trump’s inner circle, but his Washington insider status is being weighed against an unorthodox option: Steve Bannon. He served as the Trump campaign CEO, briefly pulling back from his role as the head of right-wing website Breitbart.

But his tenure at Breitbart would surely make him a contentious pick and provide fodder for liberals already decrying a Trump presidency.

Friday, outgoing Senate minority leader Harry Reid declared “The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America.”

As Trump turned to transition planning Friday morning, he did so just hours after protesters poured into the streets in cities across the U.S. – all in opposition to the president-elect.

Their outbursts catching the attention of Trump himself who tweeted, “Just had a very open and successful presidential election. Now professional protesters, incited by the media, are protesting. Very unfair.”

But even Trump appeared to second guess that approach.

Hours later, he tweeted, “Love the fact that the small groups of protesters last night have passion for our great country. We will all come together and be proud!”

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