After winning the Presidency last week, the Trump campaign shifted focus toward the transition between the current Obama administration and the new incoming one. However, this pathway has not been as smooth and seamless as past transitions.
The team’s national security advisor, former Congressman Mike Rogers, abruptly resigned from the transition. He stated that he was “proud of the team that we assembled at Trump for America to produce meaningful policy, personnel and agency action guidance on the complex national security challenges facing our great country.”
In resigning, he handed off his role and all responsibilities to incoming Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Potential nominees have also made their wishes publicly known on specific positions. Rudy Giuliani has stated he does not want to be Attorney General, a slot many assumed was going to the former New York City mayor.
Additionally, campaign advisors have dismissed much of the prior work done by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, creating disarray in the team dominated by Trump loyalists. At least one individual being considered for a Cabinet position by the Christie team has been nixed. And administrative transition work such as a code of ethics, interviews and written, in-depth questionnaires for potential nominees, and even submitting legally-required paperwork to the government, which allows the transition to officially begin collaborating with the Obama administration.
A statement from White House officials late Monday said that replacing Mr. Christie on the transition team and the lack of a signed document from the current head of the Trump team has frozen the transition process for now.