Between the time of the election and the inauguration of an American President, the President-elect’s job is to choose the members of his cabinet and prepare to lead the country. Donald Trump, the man who has never held elected office, seems unable to lead even the choice of his cabinet. It was Donald J. Trump, who campaigned against the corrupt power of special interests. The amazing thing is that Trump filled his transition team with some of the very sort of people who he has complained have too much clout in Washington: corporate consultants and lobbyists. By way of example, consider Jeffrey Eisenach, a consultant who has worked for years on behalf of Verizon and other telecommunications clients, who was picked by Trump to act as head of the transition team that is helping to pick staff members at the Federal Communications Commission. Then there is Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist whose clients include Devon Energy and Encana Oil and Gas, was chosen to lead the “energy independence” portfolio. Michael Torrey, a lobbyist who runs a firm that has earned millions of dollars helping food industry players such as the American Beverage Association and the dairy giant Dean Foods, was selected by Trump to help set up the new team at the Department of Agriculture.
To make matters worse Trump has requested top security clearance for his children, and Jared Kushner, his son-in-law. Even though Jared Kushner has no background in foreign affairs, Trump wants him to act as a top adviser, on a variety of issues. It appears that his son-in-law’s views and judgment are tainted by personal experiences. For example, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was being considered for attorney general and for homeland security secretary. However Jared Kushner has a previous bad experience with Chris Christie which resulted in the abrupt firing of Christie. He has been replaced as chief of the transition team by Mike Pence.
Evidently Jared Kushner did not appreciate Chris Christie prosecuting Jared’s father when he was an ambitious U.S. attorney. Christie aggressively went after Charles Kushner, (Jared’s dad) who pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS, making false statements to the federal government and witness tampering. He served 14 months of his two-year sentence at an Alabama prison and was permitted to spend the remainder of his sentence in a New Jersey halfway house. Jared has now made sure that anyone connected to Christie is not part of the Trump administration.
Other people, like Ben Carson, declined a position as Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Thus, reports that the transition team is in disarray seem to be accurate.