The flailing Trump transition.

In addition, just 38 percent of Americans have a positive view of Trump, while 48 percent have a negative one — making him the most unpopular incoming president in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll. [NBC News]

IT BEGAN on a whim.

Make America Great Again.

Now all the troubles of the world are about to be dumped into President-elect Donald J. Trump‘s lap.

It’s a sobering moment for the 21st-century P.T. Barnum.

From Mike Allen

Trump seemed, dare we say, humbled by recent intelligence briefings on global threats. Dick Cheney’s friends used to tell us he was a decidedly darker, changed man once he started reading the daily intel reports after 9/11. Trump seemed moved by what he’s now seeing.

“I’ve had a lot of briefings that are very … I don’t want to say ‘scary,’ because I’ll solve the problems,” he said. “But … we have some big enemies out there in this country and we have some very big enemies — very big and, in some cases, strong enemies.”

He offered a reminder many critics hope he never forgets: “You also realize that you’ve got to get it right because a mistake would be very, very costly in so many different ways.”

Worth noting: Trump said he likes his briefings short, ideally one-page if it’s in writing. “I like bullets or I like as little as possible. I don’t need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page. That I can tell you.”

It’s almost here.

White House press briefings won’t ever be the same.

“You saw what happened last week: We had 510 reporters, and nobody has 510 reporters unless it’s, like, election evening.” — Donald Trump in Axios interview

When he’ll actually name the many undersecretary positions and fill to the State Department and Department of Defense vacancies is anyone’s guess.