US Audio Analysis: What’s Going On with Trump’s Transition?


PHOTO: Donald Trump with advisors, incuding controversial “chief strategist” Steve Bannon

It’s chaos in the Trump transition team, with the President-elect and his advisors dismissing some senior figures and bringing in controversial replacements, including a prominent conspiracy theorist and Islamophobe named Frank Gaffney.

Amid the in-fighting and personal feuds, the change of Government is stalled. Because the Trump team — now led by Vice President Mike Pence but driven by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — has not signed the required documents, there can be no discussions with President Obama’s staff and agencies such as the State Department, the Department of Defense, and the Treasury.

Speaking with Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Wednesday, David Dunn of the University of Birmingham explains how the turmoil has occurred.

Listen from 13:19:

It partly follows the pattern that Trump has followed throughout this campaign, of sacking people in large numbers at regular intervals….It’s partly because Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is getting revenge on [former head of transition] Chris Christie….It’s partly a recogntion that Trump has no experience of Government or any elected office, and because of that he has no networks.

On top of that, he went out of his way to insult people, so many in the Republican Party have distanced themselves from the Trump Administration.

As a consequence, Trump is surrounding himself with family members and with third- and fourth-rank outsiders.

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  1. Judging by the people he is considering for important positions, it’s going to look a whole lot like the George W Bush administration. I read that he’s considering Rudy Guiliani and John Bolton for secretary of state. That’s pretty scary. Both are hardcore neocons. His nepotism isn’t going to go over well either. Not surprised he is already screwing up. His own party is warning him against a reset with Russia. It’s doubtful our enemies are going to get what they wanted.

    • I can’t even imagine Bolton as our nations top diplomat after his disastrous reign as our UN ambassador. He’s known as one the of the fiercest warhawks in Washington. He’s never met a country he didn’t want to bomb. The fact that he is even being considered for such a post says a lot about Trump.

    • The Republicans were always going to oppose Trump’s rapprochement with Russia. That’s hardly needs. They opposed pretty much every policy position he has taken.

      John Bolton is indeed a frightening proposition. Even under Dubya, the Republicans refused to confirm him as UN ambasssador he was that unpopular.

  2. What is happening to US is nothing short of a new reality comedy show made on the fly, sort of a re-make of the West Wing but the writer is Trump. But what I find even more astonishing is the incompetence of dazed and confused GOP in reigning in on this bad show.

    It’s hard to imagine the start of the Trump administration going any worse: their transition team is in absolute chaos, awash with walking conflicts of interest, and the people they’ve floated as cabinet members are extremists, torture supporters and generally awful people who should be no where near the levers of power.
    The Huffington Post reported that Trump representatives missed meetings with several major federal agencies…despite Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp”, his transition team is filled with lobbyists and special interest representatives are heading up the transition for federal departments they probably wish didn’t exist in the first place.
    They include, she wrote, “a former Goldman Sachs executive who is rumored to be a Treasury Secretary pick; a paid consultant for Verizon who is making key decisions on your administration’s Federal Communication Commission; a ‘top lobbyist’ whose firm lobbied on behalf of issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership who is shaping your Labor Department; and a climate change-denying, oil industry-paid think tank fellow who is leading your environmental team’s transition.”

    Trump’s plans to roll back environmental protections seem worse than many feared
    According to recent reports, Trump has picked long-time climate denier and spokesperson for the fossil fuel industry Myron Ebell to head the Environmental Protection Agency transition. This basically means the EPA will either cease to function or cease to exist. It also appears that the US will pull out of any agreements to limit greenhouse emissions.

    • So who is Myron Ebell? He is a director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition. Where did he get his PhD in science? Nowhere. In fact, he isn’t a scientist at all, but he does have a degree in economics. Yeah!
      Is there any conflict that Ebell’s Competitive Enterprise Institute is funded by companies such as ExxonMobil and groups such as the Charles Koch Charitable Foundation? Surely not.
      What this selection also tells us about Trump is that he is surrounding himself with people who are not knowledgeable in a topic and will not effectively educate him. Not that educating Trump was ever possible. But there was always the outside chance he would take his contrarian streak to a new level and be contrarian to the contrarians. We now see that is not going to happen. If Trump listens to anyone, it will be people who think like he does and represent special interests who would be most affected by his policies. We have a fox guarding the hen house.

  5. Neocons are ganging up on him regarding Putin. McCain is foaming at the mouth.
    Keep in mind that Trump bragged, big league, about taking out ISIS during his campaign. He has ONE partner that can help him with that……. Putin.
    Hopefully Bannon will keep him from caving in to the neocons.

  6. I’d be shocked if he chose Bolton. A source said neocon Bolton doesn’t have a chance.
    But stranger things have happened.

  7. Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 2h2 hours ago

    Just got a call from my friend Bill Ford, Chairman of Ford, who advised me that he will be keeping the Lincoln plant in Kentucky – no Mexico
    Mr Trump hard at work for America.

    attempt to “Explain”
    & #Kek
    This time From #BBCnews
    @realDonaldTrump 9/22/2016

    Praise kek! Dumb media spreads the word of kek to the general public. 9/16/2016

    Trump´s Troll Brigade Threatens Chobani´s Founder For Helping Immigrants 11/3/2016

    • Leaked #BeratAlbayrak emails exposes #Turkey president #Erdogan’s Troll army in social media, how it was set up, financed, their goals. 9/26/2016

      RedHack is releasing more emails from Albayrak’s account despite all censorship attempts. So what is in the alleged emails released so far? They are mostly emails sent to Albayrak and can be explained in three categories.
      The first category is the intricate relationship Albayrak and other family members established with the mainstream media outlets, their owners and CEOs. Here we see two prominent issues. One is an email that shows pro-government columnist Hilal Kaplan sending emails to Albayrak with suggested speeches for the president. Second is a longer communication with Mehmet Ali Yalcindag, son-in-law of Turkey’s biggest media mogul, Aydin Dogan. Yalcindag is also the CEO of Dogan Publishing Holding. In short, he is in charge of the most popular TV channels and newspapers in Turkey. Yalcindag’s alleged emails indicate that he has a friendly relationship with Albayrak and his brother and is working rather hard to make sure news and opinion pieces released are in line with the government’s wishes. He even complains about his sister-in-law and some of the prominent editors in these emails. On Sept. 28, Yalcindag told the press that those pages were from his diaries. He said they were manipulated and they were not emails to Albayrak. He claimed hackers stole his diaries.
      A recording found in Albayrak’s email account, which claims to be the voice of media mogul Dogan, tells reporters and columnists to refrain from obsessive and continuous criticism of the AKP government. He advises the writers to diversify — that is, if one day they are to criticize the government, why not the next day write about something else? If true, these releases show that even media outlets not directly owned by pro-AKP figures are controlled by them.
      There were also emails about the budget for the AKP’s social media trolls as well as strategies to brand the Gezi movement as being supported by foreign capital, such as “Armenian businesses.” 9/30/2016

      An article published by Diken describes a telephone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Turkey’s President Erdogan as “incredibly good” and “quite colorful”.
      The news organization quotes Mr. Trump as saying to Erdogan, “Good evening. I really respect you. You have done very good things for your country.”
      Mr. Trump then conveyed Ivanka Trump, Mr. Trump’s daughter, as a “very big fan and supporter.” Ivanka Trump, the President-elect’s daughter, owns a women’s lifestyle brand, and manages aspects of Mr. Trump’s businesses. She is married to Jared Kushner, the owner of the New York Observer, a U.S. newspaper.
      Diken, relying on official sources, writes that Mr. Trump “mentioned Doğan’s brother-in-law and his partner in Turkey” Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ as being “my close friend”, and quotes sources as suggesting Trump “opened the Yalcindag issue”.
      Mehmet Ali Yalçındağ was forced to resign his position as Chair of Doğan Media Group on September 30, 2016 following an email leak by the hacktivist group RedHack. 11/11/2016

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