Firings, discord, ego trips, leave Trump Transition Team in turmoil


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❝ President-elect Trump’s transition was in disarray on Tuesday, marked by firings, infighting and revelations that American allies were blindly dialing in to Trump Tower to try to reach the soon-to-be-leader of the free world.

One week after Mr. Trump scored an upset victory that took him by surprise, his team was improvising the most basic traditions of assuming power. That included working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders.

❝ Two officials who had been handling national security for the transition, former Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Matthew Freedman, a lobbyist who consults with corporations and foreign governments, were fired. Both were part of what officials described as a purge orchestrated by Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser.

The dismissals followed the abrupt firing on Friday of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was replaced as chief of the transition by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Mr. Kushner, a transition official said, was systematically dismissing people like Mr. Rogers who had ties with Mr. Christie. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Christie had sent Mr. Kushner’s father to jail.

❝ Prominent American allies were in the meantime scrambling to figure out how and when to contact Mr. Trump. At times, they have been patched through to him in his luxury office tower with little warning, according to a Western diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity…

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2 thoughts on “Firings, discord, ego trips, leave Trump Transition Team in turmoil

  1. Oofty Goofty says:

    “The whole world is watching the Trump transition — nine weeks and 3,998 appointments to go!” http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/17/opinion/a-trumpian-silver-lining.html “…One of Donald Trump’s big advantages now is that he has so many awful associates. No matter what appointees he foists on us, there’s always another pal who’d have been worse. If he names some federal land-grabbing oilman as secretary of the interior, people are going to sigh with relief and say, “At least it isn’t Sarah Palin.”

  2. Update says:

    As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Christie convicted Charles Kushner, who was sentenced to 2 years in a country club prison after he pleaded guilty to 18 counts of making illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering. http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/06/father_of_trump_son-in-law_jar.html
    “Trump’s decision to can Chris Christie led to the Sessions debacle” (7/25/17) http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/07/trumps_decision_to_can_chris_christie_led_to_the_s.html
    “President Trump’s nominee for FBI director, Christopher Wray, represented Gov. Chris Christie as his personal, publicly-funded Bridgegate attorney for 11 months before signing a mandatory retainer agreement, according to new documents provided to WNYC through a public records request.” http://www.wnyc.org/story/ethics-question-christies-hiring-fbi-director-nominee-bridgegate-attorney/ (Wray is awaiting confirmation from the full U.S. Senate after his nomination was approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee)

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