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Kerry laments lack of contact with Trump transition team

Updated Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 | 7:32 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says his agency's transition to the incoming Trump administration is going "pretty smoothly" because "there is not an enormous amount of it."

Kerry says he has yet to meet President-elect Donald Trump's choice to replace him as America's top diplomat, Exxon executive Rex Tillerson. He expects to do so "in the near term."

At an event at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Kerry said Tuesday there has not been a lot of high-level contact between senior State Department officials and the transition team.

Tillerson's confirmation hearing is set for Wednesday.

Kerry said he still believes there is still time for "an ample debriefing" before the new administration takes power.