The shakeups and struggles in President-elect Trump’s transition team are a foretaste of what his administration is likely to be.
Look for four years of struggles for influence among courtiers chosen on the basis of personal loyalty, not competence, all competing for the approval of a strong-willed ruler who is ignorant, but susceptible to flattery.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, engineered a purge of Chris Christie followers, apparently in retaliation for Christie’s prosecution of his father, Charles Kushner, back in 2005 when Christie was U.S. Attorney for New Jersey.
The elder Kushner went to prison for two years on charges off illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion and witness tampering.
It’s Time to Pay More Attention to Jared Kushner by Kevin Drum for Mother Jones. Important.
Kushner at the center of Trump transition ‘infighting’ by Jim Sciutto and Elise Labott for CNN.
Donald Trump’s Transition Team, or Lack Thereof, Is Causing Real Panic by Sam Stein for The Huffington Post.
Donald Trump’s Transition Team Off to a Shaky Start, Described as a ‘Knife Fight’ by Jessica Taylor for NPR.