Trump’s national security team struggles

President-elect Trump’s transition team is facing new questions about what progress, if any, the incoming Republican leader and his staff have made in filling hundreds of national security slots as he prepares to take over the government in just over two months.

Sources familiar with the transition operation revealed last week that Trump’s team was encountering major hurdles and rejection during its recruiting of defense and intelligence experts to join the forthcoming administration. Matters were made worse on Tuesday when former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers suddenly quit his central role in the national-security transition process.

“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,” Rogers, a hawkish but highly-respected GOP national security official, said in a statement.

Rogers’ abrupt departure was immediately followed by reports that Matthew Freedman, a Washington-based security consultant, would no longer be leading the National Security Council transition after Trump had him removed from the position due to concerns about his lobbying ties.


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  • Gloria D.

    NOT!! Kelly Anne Conway was on Hannity..everything is going smooth. This article is BS!!!

    • sgmma

      If you go to you can check out what is true/false. Saves time arguing.

      • florida3guy

        Snope in not a reliable source and can not be believed. I would have thought you would have known that by now. It’s just more MSM lies.

        • Gloria D.

          100% correct.

        • The Redman

          white-folks, huh

      • Gloria D.

        Snopes, unfortunately, not reliable. About as reliable as the MSM.

      • The_Frog_Prince

        SNOPES? Really? ROTFLMAO!!!

      • JeanneD

        Snope goes for the more sensational view.

  • JoAnn Leichliter

    Trump wants no lobbyists in his cabinet or as advisors and is working to adhere to that preference. This cuts out a lot of “experienced,” etc., etc insiders. Naturally, all the other insiders are made uncomfortable–or, rather, more uncomfortable. It will not be easy to find people relatively untainted by the current corruption, but no one said it would be easy.

    • Gloria D.

      That’s for sure.

    • The Redman

      Zip-it lucifer

    • Alan Correa

      thats the way he likes it

  • Fred

    from the right what a joke how do i unsubscribe.

  • The Redman

    These evil white-folks R going 2 finish ruining america

  • parthenon1

    Shut up with the BS ! if you will go back and look at past administrations none of them even started to set their appointments until mid December ! there is always some group or individuals who are looking to start some sort controversy over something that doesnt matter

  • thomas

    President Trump will be cautious about whom he selects for Cabinet Positions. More Power to him on this. Observers need to give him space to make those decisions reality. Voted in as President Trump has the typical duty of selecting his own peoples for positions available. As a Business Man he knows he needs the right fit for the right position. I believe Trump-Pence will develop a great team effort and become respected at what they must do for this Country .

  • Dannie Poe

    The lobby system in government has opened politicians doors to corruption unabated for years, You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. These lobbyists spend a million to earn millions. Government is big business. I am proud to hear Trump wants this to end in Washington DC as it helps no one but the politicians and the lobbyists. From the moment the first lobbyist bribed a politician it should have been stopped, instead the practice only grew like a cancer. Trump promised to “drain the swamp” and cutting off the lobbyists is a major beginning. If he wants to get things done he must never let his appointments open to corruption. Trump is the new sheriff in town and the majority of States like his choice. As I see the future for the Trump Presidency I am reminded of the cartoon showing a large elephant afraid of a little mouse. The question is can this little mouse turn into a Tiger to reality induce fear? If so, then maybe Trump can get positive results. - 2015 | Privacy Policy