Trump Denies Reports His Transition Is in Turmoil
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is denying press reports his transition team is in turmoil over arguments over who will get top national security appointments in his administration.
Things are "going so smoothly," Trump wrote Wednesday on Twitter. "Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are."
The comment followed U.S. news media accounts that his transition was in turmoil after his aides pushed out two of his national security advisers from the transition group.
Trump singled out The New York Times for its report on his transition efforts, saying that one of the world's leading newspapers "is just upset that they looked like fools in their coverage of me." He said the newspaper's "story is so totally wrong on transition."
The Times also reported that the State and Justice departments, as well as the Pentagon, have yet to hear from anyone from the Trump team, more than a week after the election.
Such contacts during the transition period are not just routine, they are vital so that officials can hand off detailed briefing packages to their successors in time for the new government to take power on January 20.
Trump also tweeted that reports he is trying to get "top-level security clearances" for three of his adult children Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump, and possibly her husband, Jared Kushner is "a typically false news story."
All four, who helped advise Trump during the campaign, have also been helping the president-elect with key appointments.
Some of the transition talks have centered on whether to name former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as secretary of state. The 72-year-old Giuliani has little foreign policy experience. However, he was a staunch advocate for Trump throughout his campaign, often appearing on television news shows to defend him.