President-Elect Trump is Having Sharp Internal Disagreements
Key Cabinet appointments and direction are causing major internal disagreements in President-elect Donald Trump’s selections. One source, an insider with knowledge of the transition, described it as a “knife fight.” The disagreements apparently started with the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist. Bannon is the alt-right leader of Breitbart News. It seems like this has boiled over resulting in a ‘division of powers.’ This is said to involve newly appointed Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, Bannon, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner is said to have a key role in the transition decisions.
On top of everything else, early today, former congressman Mike Rogers resigned from the Trump transition team. Rogers was seen as a heartening sign to many of the establishment side of national security advisers. Mike Pence, Vice President-elect, the newly appointed leader of the transition team, will meet at Trump Tower today to discuss possible nominees. One of the major disagreements is for the selection of secretary of state. Mainstream conservatives support John Bolton while Trump loyalist Rudy Giuliani is hoping for the appointment.
Some of the leading contenders, for various cabinet positions, include Sen. Jeff Sessions who is leading for attorney general. He is also being considered for secretary of defense. Retired Lt. General Ron burgess, who is the former director of the DIA is in contention for the director of national intelligence. The leading candidate for national security adviser is Retired General Michael Flynn.
Everyone seems to agree, no matter who is selected, the best description of the short list is: unconventional.