Donald Trump’s presidential transition team is already a mess.
Less than a week after his victory in the 2016 presidential election, Trump is already purging people from the new team. Former Congressman Mike Rogers quit the group, hiding the reason for his departure. In a statement Rogers said, “It was a privilege to prepare and advise the policy, personnel and agency action teams on all aspects of the national security portfolio during the initial pre-election planning phase.”
NBC News reports that two sources close to Rogers said he was removed in a “Stalinesque purge,” and that they “described an atmosphere of sniping and backbiting as Trump loyalists position themselves for key jobs.”
New Jersey governor Chris Christie has already been demoted on the transition team. Originally designated as the leader of the effort, Christie’s position is now more ceremonial than functional as he has been embroiled in the Bridgegate scandal.