Vice President-elect Mike Pence has begun making good on President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” by reportedly removing lobbyists from their White House transition team.
According to a source who spoke with Fox News, Pence’s decision “makes good on [Trump’s] vision of how he wants his government constructed.”
It also appeases hardliner Democrats such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has demanded that Trump purge the transition team of anyone who has ties to Wall Street firms and other corporations.
“If you refuse, I will oppose you, every step of the way, for the next four years,” she reportedly wrote in a statement Tuesday. “I will champion the millions of Americans you will fail to protect. I will track your every move, and I will remind Americans, every day, of the actions you take that fail them.”
But by no means were lobbyists the only transition members to be ousted
After New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was replaced by Pence as the transition team’s leader last week, the litany of “lobbyists, former bureaucrats, academics and corporate lawyers” he had organized were also sent packing, as reported by Fox.
Not everyone was pleased with these decisions. Included among the naysayers was former GOP national security official Eliot Cohen, who took to Twitter Tuesday to blast Trump’s transition team as “angry, arrogant.”
After exchange w Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They’re angry, arrogant, screaming “you LOST!” Will be ugly.
— Eliot A Cohen (@EliotACohen) November 15, 2016
What’s more, some of the officials who have been ousted from the team have begun claiming that it is suffering from severe infighting, according to Business Insider.
However, Trump himself has addressed these rumors, claiming on Twitter that they are false.
“Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions,” he wrote Tuesday evening. “I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!”
He later added another tweet aimed at The New York Times.
The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition. It is going so smoothly. Also, I have spoken to many foreign leaders.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2016
Trump’s team must hire approximately 4,000 political appointees before he steps into office in January.
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