Knife-Fight As Trump Assembles Administration
Knife-Fight As Trump
As a candidate, Donald Trump promised he could hire “all the best people” for his potential administration. However, now that he’s President-elect that feat is proving to be easier said than done, with sources speaking of a knife-fight already breaking out among the Trump transition team.
A new report suggests that Donald Trump never expected to actually win the presidency. Now that he has, he and his team are scrambling to assemble an administration he never thought he’d need. With less than 70 days to go before Trump takes the reigns, tensions are high, infighting is rampant, and chaos is growing.
For some inexplicable reason, the Trump transition people were clueless that President Obama’s entire West Wing staff would be leaving and that they’d be responsible for hiring nearly 4000 new people to run the country, which is standard practice. In fact, major news agencies are reporting that Donald Trump himself is totally ignorant to what a president actually does.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. Trump aides were described by those people as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.
After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.
For anyone who loves America, this is distressing news.
Already realizing he is in way over his head, Donald Trump made his first administrative appointments, naming current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff, and his campaign chair and current Breitbart News honcho Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist. These appointments prompted the initial knife-fight.
The problem: Reince Priebus represents the establishment Donald Trump ran against, while Steve Bannon has long been connected to white supremacists and separatists.
While celebrating Trump’s win with a KKK parade in North Carolina last Saturday, former Grand Dragon David Duke was over the moon that someone like Steve Bannon is being given the keys to the White House.
“I think that’s excellent,” Duke said of Bannon’s hiring. “You have an individual, Mr. Bannon, who’s basically creating the ideological aspects of where we’re going,” added Duke. “And ideology ultimately is the most important aspect of any government.”
According to political sources, placing Bannon in the White House is equivalent to placing David Duke in the White House.
The knife-fight has since spilled over to Trump’s slim transition team, with reports of extreme internal disagreements over key cabinet appointments and direction, for West Wing and key national security posts. The major disagreements stem from a confusion of power and are seemingly between Priebus and Bannon, as well as Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who also has a key role in transition decisions. According to a source, the resulting infighting is “buffoonery.”
Additionally, Trump is finding it continuously difficult to hire qualified people outside of the Washington elite, which he railed against during his unconventional campaign. Most of the Republican establishment doesn’t want to work for a Trump White House, leaving former political officials turned lobbyists as his only pool of possibilities. In fact, the Trump transition team seems so desperate to find 4000 new employees within 2 months, that it was forced to take out a Help Wanted ad just to help with the enormity of new hires.
All this from the man who will supposedly “Make America Great Again!”