"You're Fired": Lobbyists Booted Off Trump Transition Team

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But a White House spokeswoman said the transition office was still waiting on names from the Trump transition as of Wednesday, a necessary first step before teams could deploy to agencies.

"An unattributed quote appeared in the press yesterday indicating that I had been appointed to the Trump transition team", Gaffney, the founder of the Center for Security Policy, said in a statement.

"Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions", he wrote. There's no love lost between Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, and Christie, who prosecuted Kushner's father for tax evasion and witness tampering in 2004 as a US attorney.

Trump's transition team said the president-elect has now spoken by telephone with at least 29 heads of state or dignitaries, including leaders from Britain, China, France, India, Japan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. There had been roughly a dozen registered lobbyists working in and around the transition team, reports have said.

Pence, Miller said, was "coming in and making good on president-elect Trump's promise that we're not going to have any lobbyists involved with the transition efforts".

Trump emerged from his eponymous NY tower briefly Tuesday night for a private dinner with his family. Rudy Giuliani, seen as a possible attorney general, says he won't do the job, and sources say he wants the State Department.

But leaks regarding potential administration appointments proliferate by the hour, about Trump loyalists who are angling for jobs and others apparently trying to elbow their way into his administration.

Hawkish former United Nations ambassador John Bolton and retired general Michael Flynn reportedly are on shortlists for top posts too. A week after his upset victory, Trump said the enormous endeavor was proceeding "so smoothly".

Freedman was sacked in part for using his company's email address to make foreign contacts on behalf of the Trump transition, a source familiar said.

Trump won the U.S. presidency on November 9 in a result which shocked many who had expected her to win following favourable opinion polls.

Trump's online missive followed a day of shake-ups in his transition team.

"People didn't vote for Trump so that he could bring a white supremacist into the White House", Sen.

Advisers arrived at Trump Tower Wednesday for meetings, including Eric Trump, who told reporters it was "likely" some positions would be announced during the day.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had spent months running transition operations before his demotion last week.

"That's the only people you have down there", he said of the federal government. South Carolina Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster, a former USA attorney and state attorney general, said he was asked if he would be interested in being attorney general. "I think they're going to need to do it because as this clock ticks, all of these decisions become more important", Rogers told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Only two people are so far confirmed to be part of Trump's White House: Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, was appointed as chief of staff on November 13, and Stephen Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, is now a senior adviser.

On Wednesday, the White House Correspondents' Association called it "unacceptable".

Media said Trump has inquired about getting top-secret clearance for Kushner - a real estate developer who is married to Ivanka Trump - so that he can join the daily presidential briefings.

According to the Guardian, both the Pentagon and State Department were yet to hear from the incoming administration and whether or not the family members would be seeking high level security clearances.