January 30, 2017

A Tale of a Very Messy Trump Transition

By Julianne Smith

On this week’s episode of The E.R.Shadow Government ringleaders and Obama administration alums Julie Smith, Derek Chollet, and Colin Kahl assess the first week of the newly inaugurated Trump administration with David Rothkopf. With a whole slew of blunders over the past week, is this confusion and chaos going to become the new norm in the Oval Office?

The team dissects the dramatic week in U.S. foreign policy and wonders what President Trump’s Cabinet secretaries must be thinking after the White House issued numerous executive orders over the last seven days — seeking nearly no advice from the top brass. Will Trump and his senior counselor, Stephen Bannon, continue to hold their cards close or will they learn from these early missteps and begin to delegate and trust their inner Cabinet officials?

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