- Title: Protests as Pence meets with Democrats on Capitol Hill
- Date: 17th November 2016
- Summary: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 17, 2016) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF BUILDING WHERE PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP HAS HIS TRANSITION OFFICE U.S. FLAG VARIOUS OF SECURITY AND POLICE CARS SIGN FOR BUILDING ENTRANCE TO BUILDING PAN FROM TOP OF BUILD TO STREET
- Embargoed: 2nd December 2016 21:20
- Keywords: Mike Pence Nancy Pelosi Chuck Schumer Democrats Vice President US congress dog
- Location: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- City: WASHINGTON D.C., UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00458U3GHZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: U.S. Vice President-elect Mike Pence returned to his old stomping grounds on Capitol on Thursday (November 17), meeting with leading Democrats in the senate and congress.
Protesters chanted as held signs on Capitol Hill as Pence arrived for meetings with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer.
Pence represented Indiana in the House of Representatives for over a decade before becoming the governor of Indiana in 2013.
Pelosi said she told Pence he would be a "very valuable player" because he knows the territory.
"With no disrespect for the sensitivity and knowledge of the president-elect, you know the territory, so in that territory, we will try to find our common ground where we can, and of course, stand our ground where we can't," Pelosi said.
Walking through the Capitol rotunda, Pence stopped to speak with a woman in a wheelchair and could be seen petting her service dog.
Speculation about top appointments to the Trump administration has intensified since the head of the team overseeing the transition, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was removed last week.
After Vice President-elect Mike Pence took over the team on Friday (November 11), it began firing people who had worked as lobbyists and been tapped to assist the transition.
Transition team officials said on Wednesday (November 16) night that Trump planned to announce "landing teams" on Thursday (November 17) that would begin setting up staff in key agencies, like the State and Justice departments.
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