Trump Team not Ready for Prime Time
“Winning was easy, young man, govern’s harder.” — George Washington in Hamilton.
Indeed, one of the easiest parts of winning is the transition portion before, you know, the governing starts.
Via the NYT: Trump Staff Shake-Up Slows Transition to Near Halt:
President-elect Donald J. Trump‘s transition operation plunged into disarray on Tuesday with the abrupt departure of Mike Rogers, who had handled national security matters, the second shake-up in less than a week on a team that has not yet begun to execute the daunting task of taking over the government.
In another sign of disarray, a transition official said on Tuesday that Mr. Trump had removed a second senior defense and foreign policy official from his transition team, Matthew Freedman, who runs a Washington consulting firm that advises foreign governments and companies seeking to do business with the United States government.
Mr. Pence took the helm of the transition on Friday after Mr. Trump unceremoniously removed Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who had been preparing with Obama administration officials for months to put the complex transition process into motion. That effort is now frozen, senior White House officials say, because Mr. Pence has yet to sign legally required paperwork to allow his team to begin collaborating with President Obama’s aides on the handover.
This does not bode well for the next four year. To restate: this is the easy part.