Trump pushes back amid signs of in­fight­ing by tran­si­tion team

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump re­jected claims of chaos and in­fight­ing strain­ing his tran­si­tion, say­ing he is run­ning a “very or­ga­nized process.” His son, Eric Trump, said new ap­point­ments were likely right away, but other aides saw a slower process.

Trump has kept a low-pro­file since his stun­ning up­set vic­tory a week ago, let­ting ad­vis­ers and al­lies set the tone. He has wielded his Twit­ter ac­count as his main tool for dis­put­ing talk of his tran­si­tion as un­wieldy and un­pre­pared. De­spite his as­sur­ances, peo­ple close to the tran­si­tion process de­scribed ad­vis­ers “fight­ing for power” as the Repub­li­can plunges into the enor­mous task of set­ting up his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Trump has ef­fec­tively cre­ated two power cen­ters in his White House even be­fore tak­ing of­fice. He named Repub­li­can National Com­mit­tee Chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and me­dia mogul Steve Ban­non as his chief strate­gist, call­ing them “equal part­ners.”

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