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Pence purges lobbyists from transition team days after Trump said he couldn't shake them because they're 'the only people' in Washington
Donald Trump's transition team is getting a make-over that will leave it free of lobbyists.
Transition head and Vice president-elect Mike Pence showed lobbyists the door on Tuesday, Fox News reports, replacing the team that Chris Christie had constructed when he was in charge with one that 'makes good' on Trump's promise to drain the swamp.
Confronted by 60 Minutes' Lesley Stahl in an exclusive that aired Sunday, Trump said his operation was full of lobbyists because 'that’s the only people you have down there.'
'Everybody’s a lobbyist down there,' the New Yorker said of the seat of government. 'They’re lobbyists or special interests.'
Trump insisted that he's 'trying to clean up Washington.'
'But everybody that works for government, they then leave government and they become a lobbyist, essentially. I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist.'
The president-elect told his flabbergasted interviewer, 'I’m saying that they know the system right now, but we’re going to phase that out. You have to phase it out.'
Since the sit-down Trump took a hard look at his own operation, which was comprised not only of lobbyists, but corporate lawyers and old school bureaucrats.
A lot of Republican lobbyists were geared up for a Clinton Administration and privately held Trump in contempt. But the moment he won, they used connections via Chris Christie and others to descend on the Trump team like vultures. Mike Pence has now shooed them away and it is no coincidence at all that Pence’s take over of the transition coincides with the leaks of a transition in chaos.
Politico has the latest and you get the strongest hint yet that the “chaos” stories are all from disgruntled lobbyists suddenly denied access.
originally posted by: BlueAjah
I think that most of the original team was put together ahead of time by Christie, when he was still in charge of the transition team.
They were all there almost on day one.
Christie was probably working on the team ahead of time.
I think that when Trump saw the team that Christie put together it contributed to his decision to remove Christie from that job.
originally posted by: SaturnFX
He better be careful, he is making some very powerful and ruthless enemies with deep pockets and the ability to cause insurrection.