Trump claims transition running smoothly, despite signs of discord

Trump claims transition running smoothly, despite signs of discord

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 21, 2016. Photo: Luke Vargas/Talk Media News
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump addresses the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. July 21. Photo: Luke Vargas/Talk Media News

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump claimed on Twitter late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning that his transition process is coming along smoothly, despite indications of discord behind the scenes.

With 4,000 jobs that need to be filled, Vice President-elect Mike Pence took over the transition project earlier this week, a move that lead to the ouster of former Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers on the day that both the president-elect and vice president-elect were set to receive their first intelligence briefings.

Lobbyists initially tapped to organize the transition also were let go, according to a Wall Street Journal report Wednesday morning.

In addition, the Pentagon has not yet met with any representatives of the transition team, according to the Washington Times.

Neither Trump or any member of the transition team have held any news conferences following Trump’s election.

The White House indicated Tuesday night that they received a Memorandum of Understanding that paved the way for the formal transition efforts, but initial documentation on who would represent Trump’s team was not yet provided.

The transition team was initially organized in May, but Trump reportedly advised the group to refrain from moving forward until after the election was completed, a request that leaves officials just 73 days to make key decisions.

Trump announced on Sunday that Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Reince Priebus was appointed chief of staff and former Breitbart News CEO Stephen Bannon was named as chief strategist and senior counselor.

Despite a raft of names being floated for top administration positions, no official hirings have been reported.

President Barack Obama did not formally announce his picks for secretary of defense or secretary of state until December 2008.

In keeping with tradition, Trump met with Obama Thursday for a 90-minute closed-door meeting that touched on what the president-elect can expect once assuming office.

Trump has spent much of the time following the meeting sequestered in Trump Tower in New York City, leaving Tuesday night for the first time since last week to have dinner off-site.

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