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One week after Trump’s election, expert details what happens next

President-elect Donald Trump (Source: WMBF News) President-elect Donald Trump (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's been seven days since Donald Trump was elected the country's next president and now, many Americans have their eyes on the transition process.

“You know, it's interesting because nobody knows the job of a president but a president,” said WMBF News' political expert Holley Tankersley.

Tankersley added that a major step in the transition process has been President-elect Trump meeting with President Obama.

“Now, it's certainly easier said than done because there are people who were on the winning side and who were not on the winning side, who feel very strongly about this particular president elect,” she said.

Tankersley said this election cycle was, in some ways, inflammatory with heated rhetoric. Still, she does see a change in President-elect Trump versus campaign trail Trump.

“He did certainly strike a more conciliatory tone in his victory speech," Tankersley said. "He's also signaled through his '60 Minutes' interview and a couple of other statements he's made that he's going to be more moderate on many issues.”

However, as the country watches the choices and appointments President-elect Trump makes, Tankersley said there is still a back and forth between the two. That is reflected at his pick for chief strategist, Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid referred to as a "champion of white supremacists" from the Senate floor on Tuesday, according to NBC News.

“That seems to signal campaign Trump is still there in some form," she said. "It will be interesting to see that side of his personality and his loyalty to that individual in particular comports with his instincts to turn to someone more traditional like Reince Priebus to try to govern.”

While Priebus is now Trump's chief of staff, Tankersley says what people need to watch now are Trump's cabinet appointments.

“Because Republicans like Paul Ryan and some others in Congress weren't behind candidate Trump, we might find that there is some disagreement within the party with those appointments," she said. "So really looking at how he staffs his executive branch is really the most interesting thing moving forward.”

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