President-elect Donald Trump Meets with NYT Journalists

President-elect Donald Trump Meets with NYT Journalists

THE CURATED tweets from President-elect Trump’s meeting with New York Times journalists are fascinating to read.

The most curious person to watch as the transition plods along is Jared Kushner, in my opinion. Forbes has more:

The most compelling figure in this intrigue, however, wasn’t in Trump Tower. Jared Kushner was three blocks south, high up in his own skyscraper, at 666 Fifth Avenue, where he oversees his family’s Kushner Companies real estate empire. Trump’s son-in-law, dressed in an impeccably tailored gray suit, sitting on a brown leather couch in his impeccably neat office, displays the impeccably polite manners that won the 35-year-old a dizzying number of influential friends even before he had gained the ear, and trust, of the new leader of the free world.

“Six months ago Governor Christie and I decided this election was much bigger than any differences we may have had in the past, and we worked very well together,” he says with a shrug. “The media has speculated on a lot of different things, and since I don’t talk to the press, they go as they go, but I was not behind pushing out him or his people.”

It’s good to know that General Mattis has met with Trump. That link leads to a Foreign Policy article that is an important read for people who care about the Pentagon.

Hopefully, everyone squealing about Rudy will keep this man away from the State Department. But there is only one man in control of it. It’s very unlikely Mr. Guiliani could make it through confirmation.

I’m focused on the White House Counsel’s office for obvious reasons, because Trump Inc. is an open mine field unless President-elect Trump liquidates, which he’s not going to do. Federal Election Commission Commissioner Donald McGahn II is the man most talked about for the job.

Craig Holman of Public Citizen said the demands will be unusually fierce on Trump’s counsel: “If Trump goes ahead with a White House counsel rooted in ideology and partisanship as opposed to the actual skills of the law and strength of experience with the government, Trump is moving quickly toward what I see could be the most scandal-ridden administration in recent memory. A competent White House counsel could lessen that damage.”