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Transition 2016

Post by Addie » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:23 am

The Hill
Trump plans to spend more time with Obama learning the ropes: report

President-elect Donald Trump will spend more time with President Obama learning the ins and outs of the presidency, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

The president-elect's team reportedly was unaware of the fact that he needed to hire a full White House staff upon taking the Oval Office. ...

Trump and Obama met last week following the president-elect's victory in the election. According to the newspaper, Trump's communications director refused to comment on those specifics.

Trump is the only American to win the presidency having never served in the military nor elected office.

The president-elect announced his first White House staff appointments Sunday, making Reince Priebus his chief of staff and Stephen Bannon his chief strategist and senior counselor.
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by kate520 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:31 am

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Addie » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:35 am

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The ultimate inside Job: Donald Trump’s transition team is a sordid new swamp of lobbyists, donors, family and Republican retreads ...

The move is unsurprising for two reasons: For one, Pence is a former congressman who served with some of Capitol Hill’s current leaders. The New York Times reported that, with the campaign — along with most of the rest of the civilized world — caught somewhat off-guard by Trump’s surprise win, there was a need to ramp the process up quickly. That means letting Pence and his closest aides tap contacts throughout Washington for help, contacts that Christie likely lacks. ...

On the other hand, it is hard to believe that Trump cares even one iota about whether his advisors are ethically (to say nothing of criminally) compromised. One only has to look at the rest of Friday’s press release, in which he announced a series of additions to the team’s Executive Committee, to see that.

The list of new additions who will give input on all aspects of the transition such as White House and executive-agency staffing decisions, Inauguration planning, and the other million little decisions the Trump team has to make in the next 66 days is a study in nepotism and cronyism. There is Peter Thiel who donated $1.25 million to the Trump cause. There are three of Trump’s adult children and a son-in-law. And nothing gives the lie to Trump’s promise to “Drain the swamp” in Washington faster than this list. You couldn’t find a more comprehensive group of Republican has-beens and reprobates if you turned over every rock on a Superfund site. ...

Nothing reinforces the tragedy this election has foisted on the nation than investing people this venal and dumb with as much power as they are about to gain. And nothing reinforces the emptiness of Trump’s populist platform as much as this list. The people on it represent a mixture of cronyism, nepotism (Trump’s three eldest kids and his son-in-law are also advising the transition), shady legal and ethical ties, and influence peddling that might make Richard Nixon blush.

It is not an administration being built to service the public good. It is an administration being built to punish enemies and roll back a century of hard-earned progress. The most frightening part is that Donald Trump, the man at the center of it all, seems to have no idea what he has unleashed.
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Addie » Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:58 am

New York Mag
Obama Is Planning to Give Trump Some Extra Tutoring

By naming Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon as his top two advisers, President-elect Donald Trump set up a battle between the GOP Establishment and the alt-right for control of his administration — and there may be a third voice whispering in the president’s ear. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that President Obama “plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do” because he realized during their meeting last week that Trump “needs more guidance.” Per the 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.

One would think that Obama would spend as little time as possible with a man who repeatedly suggested that he’s the Kenyan-born founder of ISIS, but what was scheduled to be a 15-minute meeting wound up lasting 90 minutes. “As I said last night, my number one priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our president-elect is successful,” Obama said. ...
Trump is not consistent, so by the time Obama gets back, Trump may have decided that he doesn’t need the president’s help during the nine-week transition after all. But liberals need something to keep them going, and the idea of Obama and Trump forging an unlikely friendship is a more appealing best-case scenario than Mike Pence secretly calling the shots.
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by esseff44 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:33 pm

Instead of draining the swamp, he is stocking it with snakes and alligators. (No offense to snakes and alligators intended).

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by kate520 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:18 pm

This is so obvious I probably shouldn't..

What?!?
An adult human being, 70 years old, who is so incurious about the larger world that he doesnt know what a 5th grader knows about the office he is about to occupy?

He will not succeed. I'm sorry, I don't really want the country to descend further into chaos, but he can't. He's incapable of the simplest Presidential task.

I'm reduced to gibberish. Hummanahummana. Aaaaaaarrrrrhhhhhhhh
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by esseff44 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:27 pm

Yep, the proverbial dog that caught the car.

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by RTH10260 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:02 pm

While it has been widely publicized in the past, the a POTUS as publically elected position does not get vetted, how many of all other WH staff positions that with regular exposure to confidential documents at various level will get security screened and vetted for their post?

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by RTH10260 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:23 pm

Apart from Team Trump not knowing how to fill in the WH West Wing, do they know already about their social obligations ? Any guesses as to the current Chef wanting to continue under Trump? Would look bad if the WH Chef left office on January 20 and the Donald would have to serve his guests from the Trump Tower restaurants.

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by esseff44 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:32 pm

IIRC, he is suing a well-known chef who refused to work for him in his grand new DC hotel because of his slurs against Mexicans and Latino immigrants. Since he has such a bad reputation as an employer, he may have a hard time finding staff like that. Of course, this time it will be our money he's paying them with. Still. ........I guess he can get the events catered from KFCand Taco Bell.

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Post by Mikedunford » Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:51 pm

esseff44 wrote:Instead of draining the swamp, he is stocking it with snakes and alligators. (No offense to snakes and alligators intended).
The phrasing I've been using with my Trump-leaning friends is "he's not draining the swamp, he's just replacing the snakes."
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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:11 am

New York Times
Trump Staff Shake-Up Slows Transition to Near Halt

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition operation plunged into disarray on Tuesday with the abrupt resignation of Mike Rogers, who had handled national security matters, the second shake-up in a week on a team that has not yet begun to execute the daunting task of taking over the government. ...

Mr. Pence took the helm of the effort 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. Now the effort is 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.

An aide to Mr. Trump’s transition team who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal matters said that the delay was taking place because the wording of the document was being altered and updated, and that it was likely to be signed later Tuesday. ...

The chaos caught the attention of some senior Republicans who criticized Mr. Trump during his campaign but said after he won that they would not necessarily rule out joining his administration or advising him.

Eliot A. Cohen, a former State Department official, said on Twitter that after having spoken to Mr. Trump’s team, he had “changed my recommendation: stay away. They’re angry, arrogant, screaming ‘you LOST!’ Will be ugly.”
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by RoadScholar » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:15 am

Yet another parallel with Adolph. With few he could trust, he was unwilling to delegate authority.
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Post by Suranis » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:25 am

Adolph liked to appoint 2 people to the same job. If people were all fighting one another they didn't have tome to plot against him. That meant that the Nazi government was actually gridlocked and chaotic most of the time. It did allow Adolph to pretty much do as he liked though.
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Post by Adrianinflorida » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:44 am

esseff44 wrote:IIRC, he is suing a well-known chef who refused to work for him in his grand new DC hotel because of his slurs against Mexicans and Latino immigrants. Since he has such a bad reputation as an employer, he may have a hard time finding staff like that. Of course, this time it will be our money he's paying them with. Still. ........I guess he can get the events catered from KFCand Taco Bell.
I thought I read someplace that some household costs are borne by the President out of pocket. I may be misremembering

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Addie » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:16 am

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Trump to meet today with Pence to discuss Cabinet picks, amid tension with some Republicans

President-elect Donald Trump prepared on Tuesday to meet with incoming Vice President Mike Pence to discuss Cabinet selections amid continued uncertainty over who will fill key positions and growing acrimony between Trump advisers and some key Republicans.

In one surprise development, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared to take himself out of the running for attorney general. Guiliani, a former U.S. attorney and a top Trump adviser, had been considered a leading candidate for the prestigious post.

“I won’t be attorney general,” Giuliani said Monday at a Wall Street Journal event. ...

His tweet [Eliot Cohen's-see NYT below] came as former congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), a widely respected voice on national security, announced that he is leaving his position as a senior national security adviser to Trump’s transition team. It was not immediately clear why. ...

Also controversial was Trump’s decision Sunday to name Bannon as chief strategist, a move condemned by the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, Capitol Hill Democrats and some Republican Trump critics.
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Post by RTH10260 » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:54 am

Addie wrote:New York Times
:snippity: Mr. Pence took the helm of the effort 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. Now the effort is 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. :snippity:
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Addie » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:59 am

The Hill
Carson not interested in serving in Trump administration

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has told President-elect Donald Trump that he isn't interested in serving as secretary of Health and Human Services, a Carson ally confirmed to The Hill on Tuesday.

Business manager and close friend Armstrong Williams said Carson won't join the incoming Trump administration and would only serve as an unofficial adviser.

Circa on Tuesday reported that Carson had been offered the position, citing Williams. But Williams told The Hill that no specific offer had been made.

"Dr. Carson was never offered a specific position, but everything was open to him," Williams told The Hill in a phone call.

"Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
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Addie wrote:WaPo
Trump to meet today with Pence to discuss Cabinet picks, amid tension with some Republicans
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In one surprise development, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani appeared to take himself out of the running for attorney general. Guiliani, a former U.S. attorney and a top Trump adviser, had been considered a leading candidate for the prestigious post.

“I won’t be attorney general,” Giuliani said Monday at a Wall Street Journal event. ...
Rudy Giuliani Seen as Top Pick for Secretary of State
Aides to President-elect Trump are focusing on the former New York City mayor; former U.S. Ambassador to U.N. John Bolton also being considered

WASHINGTON—Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is the leading candidate to be President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, people familiar with the matter said, a move that would elevate a well-known national figure to become the U.S.’s chief diplomat.

Mr. Trump’s aides have also considered former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as a possible candidate, but the close relationship between Messrs. Giuliani and Trump was a major consideration, the people said.

Asked at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting in Washington on Monday evening if his title would soon be “Secretary,” Mr. Giuliani responded, “One never knows.”

Mr. Giuliani also said that Mr. Bolton would be a good choice for secretary of state. He was then asked if there was a better choice than Mr. Bolton and he replied, “Maybe me, I don’t know.”

For Mr. Trump, it is a choice between a longtime friend and ally in New York, Mr. Giuliani, and a hawkish conservative diplomat, Mr. Bolton, who called last year for the U.S. to bomb Iran. A final decision could be several weeks away, these people said, and other candidates could still emerge. <SNIP>
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Rudy Giuliani sketches foreign policy vision amid secretary of state buzz
Rudy Giuliani spoke Monday about his foreign policy vision at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, amid the former New York City mayor expressing a preference to become secretary of state in Donald Trump's incoming administration.

According to the Wall Street Journal's description, Giuliani "suggested several times that he would be interested in the (Secretary of State) post, going into great detail about how he views foreign policy and how his views overlap with Mr. Trump's."
Giuliani's discussed the fight against ISIS and Mideast peace in addition to US relations with Russia and China and seemed to waver on how highly a Trump administration would prioritize renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal. Terrorism was at the top of Giuliani's potential international agenda. <SNIP>
http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/15/politics/ ... -of-state/
Rudy Giuliani Makes Strong Play to Become Trump's Secretary of State
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a prominent member of President-elect Donald Trump's inner circle, made it abundantly clear Monday that he is interested in becoming the next secretary of state.

In an hour-long speech and question-and-answer session on foreign policy Monday night in Washington, D.C., Giuliani sought to display a command of facts about the nation's military and financial entanglements around the globe.

Giulani's public audition to become the nation's diplomat came as a surprise to some observers, given that his credentials are largely in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields. He explicitly ruled out becoming attorney general. <SNIP>
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Carson not interested in serving in Trump administration

"Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
But running for President is different somehow? :confused:
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Post by noblepa » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:07 pm

Wait till they tell him that the President and his family get free room, but not board.

The President must buy his own food for himself and his family.

Cue the Trump Steaks truck backing up to the White House kitchen.

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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:14 pm

I know! That one cracked me up.
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Carson not interested in serving in Trump administration

"Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he's never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency."
But running for President is different somehow? :confused:
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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:35 pm

Talking Points Memo
Trump Considering Anti-Muslim Conspiracy Theorist For Top Nat Sec Role

Donald Trump is considering naming anti-Muslim conspiracy theorist Clare Lopez as his deputy national security adviser, according to a list of possible appointees the Daily Caller published Tuesday.

The Daily Caller reported that the list was an internal document put together by the President-elect's transition team.

From her post as vice president at the Center for Security Policy, Lopez has helped popularize the idea that the U.S. government is being overrun by allies of the Muslim Brotherhood. Lopez, who worked for 20 years at the CIA, has nevertheless argued that the Islamist group has worked its way into senior intelligence and administration roles. ...

Lopez, who has also written for far-right sites Breitbart News and World Net Daily, helped popularize the myth that senior Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was an “operative” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

She also drew comparisons to communists infiltrating the U.S. government during the Cold War, saying the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) was “spot on in just about everything he said.”
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Post by Addie » Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:42 pm

Talking Points Memo
Ex-House Intelligence Chair Abruptly Leaves Trump Transition Team

Ex-Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, abruptly left President-elect Donald Trump's transition team on Tuesday.

Rogers was originally brought onto the team to guide Trump's new administration on matters of national security. He left at the request of transition team officials, according to a Bloomberg report citing two sources familiar with the matter.

In a statement released Tuesday morning, Rogers called it an "honor" to advise the Trump transition team and wrote that he was handing off his duties to Trump's family and transition staff, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, and Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) chief of staff, Rick Dearborn, who Rogers listed as executive director of Trump's transition efforts. ...

According to sources cited in a Weekly Standard report, Rogers’ ouster was a result of concerns within Trump’s transition team regarding the House Intelligence Committee’s 2014 investigation into the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Rogers’ report found that the Obama administration responded appropriately to the attacks and their aftermath and did not mislead the public. A number of Congressional Republicans turned their ire on both Rogers and the investigation results as a result.
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by SueDB » Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:23 pm

It's payback time.
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