AFP-Jiji NEW YORK (AFP-Jiji) — Donald Trump insisted Wednesday his White House transition to power is going smoothly despite reports of chaos and disarray, as concern mounted over a newly appointed advisor seen by many as a far-right extremist.
Trump’s team sought to tamp down rumors of turmoil in Trumpworld, amid reports of a backstabbing purge of mainstream Republican aspirants.
“Putting together a federal government is a big task,” his former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters. “It’s false to say it’s not going well. Everything up there is very smooth.”
In a burst of tweets, Trump defended himself. “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!” he wrote late Tuesday.
Following up Wednesday, he rejected reports of disarray and infighting for plum posts as “so totally wrong,” and lashed out at The New York Times as “fools” for their transition coverage.
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, Japan and Russia.
But despite Trump’s denial, there were mounting signs of turmoil in selecting a cabinet and filling an estimated 4,000 political appointments.
And controversy over one of Trump’s two major appointments — the anti-establishment firebrand Stephen Bannon, whom he made his chief strategist — continued to rankle many Democrats.