- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2016


President Barack Obama’s former senior adviser David Axelrod defended President-Elect Donald Trump from unfair press coverage regarding his transition into the White House.

“Lots of reasons to be concerned about @realDonaldTrump transition but the pace of the announcements isn’t one of them. That’s not a fair shot,” Mr. Axelrod tweeted on Thursday.

He continued: “We hadn’t made any major appointments at this point in 2008. I don’t remember being criticized for it.”

The press is having a bonanza reporting the ins and outs of Mr. Trump’s transition team, speculating on every major potential Cabinet pick and seemingly delighting in the chaotic and frenzied nature of the selection process.

On Wednesday, Mr. Trump took umbrage with a transition story reported by The New York Times titled “Firings and discord put Trump transition team in a state of disarray” and tweeted: “The failing @nytimes story is so totally wrong on transition. It is going so smoothly. Also, I have spoken to many leaders.”

According to a Fox News analysis, Mr. Trump is on track to name Cabinet members far earlier than most of his predecessors.

Former President George H.W. Bush was the only president-elect since 1968 to announce Cabinet nominees within the first two weeks after the election, Fox reported. Mr. Obama made his first pick in the third week and the majority after the fifth week.

On Thursday, Mr. Trump met with a slew of potential picks ranging from South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Rep. Jeb Hensarling, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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