A dozen years ago, Mercer consulting was a name you heard in the context of corporate boardroom intrigue.
And in that time, it’s become one of the most powerful forces shaping the Trump administration.
Now the consulting firm is on the cusp of a crucial shift: As the Trump transition teams transition from the Trump Organization to a newly formed White House transition team, the firm is poised to shape the Trump presidency’s agenda, one that could be a boon for the Trump business empire and potentially even the White House itself.
The two-page cover letter, sent by Mercer’s president and CEO, Jeff Smith, to the Trump team in January, is the latest sign that the firm and its clients are getting more involved in shaping the White’s transition.
It sets the tone for a broader shift at the firm that will include an unprecedented level of involvement from outside consultants in shaping Trump’s business interests.
“We will not be doing business as usual, and we will be doing our very best to help advance the president’s agenda,” Smith wrote in the letter.
“This is a pivotal time, and it is not something we want to miss.”
It’s also a sign that Smith and his team have taken a far-reaching interest in the transition as the White Houses chief of staff, White House chief strategist, counselor to the president and chief of the office of homeland security.
“It’s not just about the executive branch.
It’s about how they operate and how they run their agencies,” said Jonathan Pollack, an attorney who has worked on the transition for many years.
The Trump transition team has a lot of responsibility for the White, and Smith has been at the helm of the transition, Pollack said.
Smith is also taking the lead in helping to craft the president-elect’s tax plan and his foreign policy strategy.
Smith said that he has “no idea” what the transition team will be tasked with, though he does say that he and his staff will be taking part in shaping policy in the WhiteHouse.gov domain, a new set of administration agencies that will have an official title and have a direct connection to the administration.
Smith is also going to be involved in crafting the president, as well, Smith said.
“The president-to-be is going to get to be the president of the United States, and he’s going to have a role in shaping that administration, which will be a very powerful role for him,” Smith said in an interview.
“And it will also give him a lot more responsibility in terms of who runs the government.”
The letter, obtained by Axios, lays out a vision of what the White will look like under a Trump presidency that includes increased emphasis on the business community.
Smith, who will be joining the Trump campaign as a senior adviser, said he’s focused on how the White is going about fulfilling the presidentelect’s campaign promises to make the country safe and secure, and that he’s also focused on creating an environment that promotes economic growth and jobs.
The transition team also wants to “reinforce the value of private business” by offering incentives for the businesses to bring in more employees, the letter says.
Smith said that the Trump White House has taken an aggressive approach to getting its members on the Trump advisory council.
The first of those meetings, which was held last month, was the first of several that the administration held for business people.
He said he was not aware of any specific policy goals that were articulated.
“What we were talking about was how to help the president get his agenda done and make sure that our country gets the economic benefits that he needs,” Smith told Axios.
“I think it’s a really positive step,” Pollack added.
“The business community is going into the Whitehouse, and the Trump government is going in the Trump Treasury.
We’re going to help to help people with our expertise, and help people make sense of these big policy challenges that are coming up.”
Smith said he hopes to work with other business groups on the new transition team.
He did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The White House did not return a request for comment on the letter from Axios about the meeting between Smith and the business groups.
The president-candidate has been a staunch supporter of business and trade deals, and a top supporter of Mercer.
The transition team does not have the power to block businesses from joining the transition.
But in the last week, the president has threatened to veto legislation that would require federal agencies to disclose payments made to foreign governments, a move that could affect how many companies and trade groups are involved in the new WhiteHouse transition.
Smith also said he wants to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest in his administration.
The business lobby and other business interests are “not going to sit back and let us get into some big trouble,” Smith added.