Trump Melts Down Over Transition Reports

Here’s what the New York Times is saying:

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition was in disarray on Tuesday, marked by firings, infighting and revelations that American allies were blindly dialing in to Trump Tower to try to reach the soon-to-be-leader of the free world.

One week after Mr. Trump scored an upset victory that took him by surprise, his team was improvising the most basic traditions of assuming power. That included working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders.

Two officials who had been handling national security for the transition, former Representative Mike Rogers of Michigan and Matthew Freedman, a lobbyist who consults with corporations and foreign governments, were fired. Both were part of what officials described as a purge orchestrated by Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser.

The dismissals followed the abrupt firing on Friday of Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who was replaced as chief of the transition by Vice President-elect Mike Pence. Mr. Kushner, a transition official said, was systematically dismissing people like Mr. Rogers who had ties with Mr. Christie. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Christie had sent Mr. Kushner’s father to jail.

Prominent American allies were in the meantime scrambling to figure out how and when to contact Mr. Trump. At times, they have been patched through to him in his luxury office tower with little warning, according to a Western diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity to detail private conversations.

And from the Huffington Post:

The disarray has left agencies virtually frozen, unable to communicate with the people tasked with replacing them and their staff. Trump transition team officials were a no-show at the Pentagon, the Washington Examiner reported. Same goes for the Department of Energy, responsible for keeping the nation’s nuclear weapons safe, where officials had expected members of the Trump transition team on Monday. Ditto for the Department of Transportation. Over at the Justice Department, officials also are still waiting to hear from the Trump team.

“The Department began planning for this transition well before the election and we are fully prepared to assist the incoming transition team,” Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in a statement. “As the President has said, we are committed to a smooth and successful transition, including the seamless continuation of the department’s essential law enforcement and national security functions which are performed each and every day by its career staff.”

The transition dysfunction extends beyond failure to promptly execute a memorandum of understanding. According to several sources close to the Trump transition team and inside the Obama administration, the president elect and his staff have had difficulty finding able-minded Republicans willing to take on critical posts. One Democratic source, who like others would only discuss sensitive talks on condition of anonymity, said transition officials had been informally asking Obama political appointees to recommend Republicans to take over their jobs.

Other administration officials said conversations had not gotten to that point of desperation quite yet. But they acknowledged the pace of getting people in line for critical posts was moving painfully slowly. The problem is twofold: Trump and his staff are not creatures of the establishment and are naturally skeptical of those who are. At the same time, many Republican lawyers and government officials who would have jumped at the opportunity to work in a GOP administration are balking at employment under Trump and his cabinet picks.

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  • Michael

    I could only imagine. No one thought Trump would win. Especially Trump himself.

    Maybe I’m wrong but Trump was a liberal before he ran for office. He’s even been quoting as running on the GOP ticket to con them. There’s still some glimmer of hope he has conned the GOP but we’re really screwed either way.

    • clay

      Trump was an egoist before, during, and after he ran for office. He’s only there to help himself / his legacy.

    • lymis

      If that were true, he’d be extending offers to Democrats.

      It might or might not be a con, but either way it’s clear incompetence.

    • Misutaa Roboto

      Trump was a Democrat, but he was never a liberal. He has never really possessed any ideology at all unless you count obsession with his own aggrandizement.

  • Steve

    And this is a surprise to no one…

  • Rex

    He’s starting off with insults on Twitter. No surprise. This is going to be a long four years, if he lasts that long.

    • TuuxKabin

      If we, and the world, last that long. Oy vez mir.

      • medaka

        Yeah, but I’m kind of thinking: Right on! he’s got his phone back and gonna put the crazy out there more for everyone to see and mock.

        I know, glass is half full….

        • marshlc

          the crazy has been out there for everyone to see all along.

          Don’t waste energy mocking – protect yourself.

          • ColdCountry

            I wish I knew that best way to go about protecting myself.

          • David Walker

            Why, with guns and lots of ammo, of course. /s

          • ColdCountry

            At least they will be available. Until you have to prove your allegiance to Trump in order to buy any.

          • David Walker

            “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Democratic Party?”

          • ColdCountry

            Nope. Independent, here. How did I vote? Nunya.

          • David Walker

            Not good enough, but we’ll let you have one pistol and…what…200 rounds.

          • ColdCountry

            Thanks! Although, I don’t like the idea of shooting anyone. If push came to shove, I wonder if I’d be any good as a resistance/underground person; if I could maintain a convincing front as a harmless, little old lady. Somehow, I think my mouth would give me away….

          • McSwagg

            Is that Nunya Business?
            Any relation to our Jalapeno Business?

          • ColdCountry

            Distant cousin. 😉

          • marshlc

            I wish I had useful advice to give you. I have never in my life wanted to be wrong, as much as I want to be wrong about what I see coming.

    • Todd20036

      Sure hope he does. His backup plan is a monster

    • Duh-David

      How long until we hear, “The president’s twitter was hacked; he wasn’t the one who started this war?”

  • Galvestonian

    … this is still going to destroy the Republican Party-because after this administration NO-ONE will ever vote Republican again.

    • Ninja0980

      People forgot the lessons of W in less then four years.
      No doubt they will do it here as well.

      • Butch

        The people who voted for Trump won’t learn a thing. When he fails they’ll just look around for someone to blame – it’s going to be Someone Else’s fault, not Trump or Theirs.

        • JustSayin’

          Just for perspective the same can be said of democrats and in Particular their habit of behaving like a herd of cats come election time

        • Ninja0980

          Republicans will blame the Democrats and the media and the Democrats won’t do a damn thing to push back against that.

        • Smithbc

          Exactly. They will say it wasn’t Trumps fault, it was Obamas, or whoever the next president is. They have a complete inability to think critically or rationally.

      • than

      • Gustav2

        “Not really a Republican” will be the excuse.

    • Tiger Quinn

      I will never say things like that again after this election.

      • Smithbc

        That’s how I’m feeling. I was so sure Trump would destroy the GOP and possibly even hand over the senate and house. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I will never again overestimate how dumb much of the GOP base is. They will ignore and rationalize any behavior to vote for somebody with and R by their name. For many of them (my family being the perfect examples), as long as you are against killing babies, you have their vote. Nothing else matters.

        • whollyfool

          Even if you’re only pretending to be anti abortion. And Christian.

          • Smithbc

            Exactly. Easy to pull the wool over their eyes. Jus say you love the Bible and put an (R) next to your name.

        • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

          It took a LOT more than just the GOP base to make Trump president!! This was a self inflicted wound and the whole of the American people are culpable and we will pay a very steep price. One can only hope that the damage remains inside of our own boarders. I don’t want to wake up one day with the same weight and responsibility that the German people had for the death and destruction they unleashed upon the whole world.

        • Todd20036

          Oh your family is actually FOR killing babies… through neglect, through starvation, through poisoning.

          They don’t even care about fetuses. If a fetus is killing the mother, or his severally deformed, tough shit.

          Your family cares about controlling women. No more.

          • Smithbc

            I’m aware. Thanks.

    • JustSayin’

      I believe you are basing that on the idea the the GOP will try and revert to its former self. I think that concept has left the building. The GOP, as it was, will never be again.

    • OdieDenCO

      never underestimate the depth of stupidity the American electorate will plunge to.

      • bzrd

        we just experienced on 8 Nov a whole basket of stupid, more than I thought was here, My bad

    • Martin

      That was the common perception at the end of W’s administration, too.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I was hoping they would re-group after Obama kicked their ass the second time.
      I thought having Drumpf as a candidate would have been the end of the GOP.
      Him being a worst President yet does not seem to bother them now. I used to think they were just slow learners. Now I KNOW they are all suffering from lead poisoning and can’t learn.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      No, the GoP could nuke the South and Midwest and the survivors of the fallout in those areas would vote for them.

  • Michael R
    • Todd20036

      Now THAT is a hat I would wear

    • Acronym Jim

      The only thing missing is a final line saying “this hat was made in China and contains lead and mercury; wearing it may lead to a deterioration of mental acuity.

      • (((GC)))

        I read that the actual tRump hats are being used as white supremacist signals.

      • McSwagg

        There’s more to the Mad Hatter than just a character in the Alice stories. At the time, felt hats were treated with mercury, so hatters often suffered mercury poisoning.

  • Blake Jordan

    The world is so totally fucked!!!

    It would be hilarious, if it was not so frightening!!!

    • Blake Jordan

      The Electoral College voters need to take the win away from Donnie…

      It would be far easier to deal with his tantrums, and quell his psychotic fans… than repair the damage done to the wored!!!

      Sec. Clinton has more support of those who voted, those who couldn’t vote (the young people that understand the danger to their future especially),… and the support of most of the world!!!

      • Bj Lincoln

        I totally agree. I am pinning some hope on the electors learning what a big mistake they made and change their vote on Dec. 19.

        • DaMoldBrok

          We can only hope!

        • lymis

          I wish, but I can’t for an instant believe that would happen. And I can’t imagine the response by the Right if it did.

          For all that they’re whining about the anti-Trump protests now, they’d go utterly batshit if it did.

    • bzrd

      my team is having a very difficult time transitioning from crying to laughing. the golden kaka’s ignorance is laughable but it’s our country he is fckin’ with. I don’t want to be crying and scared for 4 years.

  • Why doesn’t he just call up his buddy Vlad? I’m sure he can send some folks over.

  • Christopher

    The next four years are going to be a nightmare.

    Cheetolini is woefully unprepared for this job.

    • Blake Jordan

      And apparently is not taking the advice of his lifelong politicians and lobbyists in his “transition team”… #DrainTheSwamp #HaFuckingHa

      • JustSayin’

        He is supposedly appointing a Goldman-Sachs executive who is considered to be an architect of the 2007 collapse as Treasury Secretary…we are fcuked if that happens

        • Bj Lincoln

          Between the 2 America will be bankrupt by the end of next year!

    • Frostbite

      Cheetolini is woefully unprepared for this any job.

    • KarenAtFOH

      He doesn’t care about the job in the way we understand the job. It’s only a means to do his real work, which is to gather more attention and adoration for himself. At that, he is the unquestioned expert and master. He will succeed wildly at this job, now that he has unparalleled access to power, and by the time his supporters figure this out, it will be too late to stop him. He will not stop himself, because he is an addict. His drug of choice is attention, and like all full blown addicts, he will only be stopped by jail, or by death. I shudder to think what could happen in 8 years, when he would be forced to leave office. The tin-foil crowd liked to believe Obama would declare marshal law or some such to stay in office, but Trump may be the one to really watch and fear.

      • The Return of Traxley

        There will be two lines outside the Oval Office: One for people who need his approval or have basic questions nobody seems to know the answers for, and a second for staff members to turn in letters of resignation.

      • dr tod

        I don’t think his followers will ever figure out his failures. Just look at those happy adoring crowds at his rallies. Baskets of vacant minds. No realization of reality.

      • Galvestonian

        Well, if the Trumpster blows this whole thing then the lone solitary dude that always seems to remove chief executive problems will surface once again and rewrite history. I’m not saying this is gonna happen but big industry or a disgruntled Arian nutjob may just use his or their first amendment rights and dislodge the con man.

        • *second amendment, unless they’re gonna pray him away.

    • Galvestonian

      Two years and the mid-term elections. The Repugs HAVE to do something or the masses (if we still have the vote) can kick them out of office. Oh yeah, … and provided that we haven’t been invaded or nuked out of existence or still have some form of Democracy.

  • olandp

    I’m shocked! Shocked I say! He is such a successful businessman, all the best people are clamoring to work for him.

    • David Walker

      Yuh’d think, wouldn’t yuh? I’m convinced that Drumpf is hoping like hell that Kelly Girls still exists…for both staff and sexist reasons. “Yeah, she’s about an 8. She’ll do.”

  • Do Something Nice

    I like the way it is being reported elsewhere:

    “Trump Transition Shake-Up Part of ‘Stalinesque Purge’ of Christie Loyalists”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-transition-shake-part-stalinesque-purge-christie-loyalists-n684081

    • KarenAtFOH

      The media are now no different than their late night talk shows. The last thing they want is for Trump to go away. They got their horse race, and now they have their circus clown, who provides endless opportunites to stir up interest in the “latest developments.” They can poke the hornet’s nest now, but once Trump consolidates enough power, he will squash them.

      • Todd20036

        And no one will miss them. They aren’t a news source anymore.

        • thatotherjean

          Let’s hope we don’t end up hunched over shortwave radios at midnight, listening to the BBC and hoping our neighbors don’t hear and turn us in, as has happened to less fortunate countries in more dismal times, including the one Trump’s BFF Putin now heads.

      • Snarkaholic

        They’ll be gleefully reporting on the violence that’s sure to erupt as soon as Agent Orange is sworn in…even if it’s an elementary school burning.

  • Rex

    If only someone had mentioned how unqualified Trump was for the job before he was elected, shame.

    • Todd20036

      That’s our fault. We were lulled by his wondrous speeches, his extreme self confidence, and the straightforwardness of his campaign..

      I don’t really need to add the snark tag, do I?

      • Rex

        You forgot to mention how classy and dignified he was as he called for people to be thrown out of his rallies and explained his extreme respect for women.

        • The Return of Traxley

          And no one is a better friend to “the gays and the LBG…T…BLTG groups” than Donald.

          • Todd20036

            Bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and guacamole.

          • Paula

            Yes, lettuce prey.

          • Mariaddurr

            Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj72d:
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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          • Snarkaholic

      • pj

        his hotness

        • swimboy

          his hot-messness

    • JCF

      It’s like the media’s now-BREATHLESS discovery of the “alt-right”. Strange, I could have SWORN *somebody* mentioned them before the election.

      Must not have been anyone important.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYyZX3UW8Qc

  • S1AMER

    We have met the enemy, and it’s not Donald Trump — it’s the masses of our fellow citizens who believed this odious rude and crude con man belongs in the Oval Office with our our lives at risk.

    Damn them. Damn them all.

    • TuuxKabin

      Damn them to hell in their deplorable basket.

    • Rex

      Very true, can’t blame Donald, who knew there were so many voters that could be easily conned.

    • whollyfool

      Yes. This upsets me way more than Trump himself.

      • gaymex1

        Way more.

      • Todd20036

        Or even the ones who didn’t vote for Trump, but also didn’t vote for Clinton either.

        It’s their fault too

        • Skeptical_Inquirer

          People don’t understand game theory. If you have friend A who likes a cuisine you’re meh about but friend B likes a cuisine that gives you the explosive runs, you side with friend A when it comes to a 3 person vote. You might get pissed at never getting your cuisine but your pants stay clean.

          • JCF

            What a colorful analogy! :-X

      • The Return of Traxley

        Yes. “Speaking your mind” like a drunk 15 year old waving a gun is just… intolerable for mature, rational adults.

        (Thanks to David Allen Coe for the metaphor)

    • Gerry Fisher

      Oh, but we’re “exceptional,” right? Right?! (Is this thing on?)

      • Acronym Jim

        To be fair, Trump and his transition team is turning out to be exceptionally incompetent.

      • TrollopeReader

        i’ve had folks said “right” this past week, gulp, and quickly say “correct?” ,,,,

    • Mike_Bernard

      Unfortunately, I think most Trump voters were duped by the rhetoric…

      • David Walker

        And their corresponding inability to process what they heard…or to care. Oxford Dictionaries word of the year is “post-truth.” It deserves to be. It certainly says a lot about where we are on the dissemination of truth.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hvrCNkL9RM

      • ColdCountry

        My mother told me a story of a woman who had actually been to one of Hitler’s rallies. The woman said that she left the rally all fired up for Hitler, then suddenly realized that she couldn’t remember what, exactly, he had said, just that she was wholeheartedly behind it. It terrified her, and she fled Germany.

        • David Walker

          We see who you got your smarts from. Good for her.

        • Diogenes Onionpants

          Hannah Arendt: “we now know that moral standards can be changed overnight, and that all that then will be left is the mere habit of holding fast to something.”

          • If you wish to maintain a civilization, you must maintain civility. (I want this to become a viral meme thing please)

    • pch1013

      And the ones who didn’t bother to vote at all.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Recognizing being surrounded by people belonging to those masses has become a real problem for people we know. They’re saying they’re having trouble dealing with those around them. It helps me to read here we’re not grieving alone – but people we know feel suddenly isolated.

  • Gustav2

    This election and the Trump transition team has reminded me of a practice used by many consumer websites and old school catalogs. When you placed your order you were offered a mystery box prettily wrapped like a birthday present containing a multitude wonders at a greatly reduced price. The company was clearing their shelves of unsalable merchandise, the consumer was likely to receive something he/she never wanted, but hey, it was cheap.

    That is what we have, except the mystery box was not prettily wrapped.

    • Treant

      Except that I have, upon occasion, gotten something really great in that mystery box. Particularly from Janeco.

      There is nothing good in any Trump mystery box.

  • Rex

    Just drain the swamp a bit more, the transition team is at the bottom.

  • ah yes. so fucking presidential..
    #notmypresident

  • Frostbite

    These are the “best” people? #SAD #FAIL

    • Blake Jordan

      The “best” people at failing!!!

  • DaddyRay

    Trump will also have to deal with the fallout of some of his decisions with mass exits from career professionals at the various agencies who will not want to work with incompetent leaders. They have their reputations to think of.

    • clay

      He’ll replace them with business lobbyists, THEN he’ll institute a five-year ban on the revolving door.

    • Bj Lincoln

      He will find his staff either getting fired or leaving as often as they did during the race. He will never take the blame for any of it or any of the repercussions from poor and inept staffers.

      • DaddyRay

        It is when the incompetent staff start getting investigated and prosecuted is when things get interesting

  • JaniceInToronto

    This is just so surprising. After all, Mr. Trump is the smartest man in the world!

    The bestest and the most greatest of all times!

    I blame the Lithuanians.

  • thatotherjean

    Trump and Twitter are a bad, bad combination. If he keeps this up, he’s going to trash some foreign government instead of the New York Times, and create an international incident that none of the people heading his governmental departments has a clue how to handle. It’s not going to be pretty.

    ,

    • OdieDenCO

      donny’s inability to filter will be his downfall!

      • Joe in PA

        you had me at ‘donny’s inability’. 🙁

    • lymis

      I refuse to believe that at some point he’s not going to tweet out something classified.

    • ColdCountry

      If there is a plus side, maybe the rest of the world will unite in the effort of keeping themselves and our earth safe and forge new, strong alliances. Too bad WE will be the enemy, however.

  • TuuxKabin

    It appears dysfucktion will be the norm for the orange menace administration. Lard deliver us.

  • DN

    I’ve been hearing a lot of this lately: “Hey guys, relax – he’s our president now… give him a chance to screw up and *then* pounce on him.”

    Then this news:

    “working without official State Department briefing materials in his first conversations with foreign leaders.”

    Any chance I’d have given him would now be obliterated.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Right! I can’t imagine talking to any foreign leader without briefing materials! Understand their culture and at least learning to say ‘hello’ or ‘welcome’ in their language shows interest in them.

      • Gigi

        Trump doesn’t like to prepare and has the attention span of a toddler. These are the qualities of a hot guy/girl with ADD in your senior year of high school that you want to bone, not a president.

        • Todd20036

          Bone safe. You DON’T want to have a child with a hot mess like that.

          • Treant

            Or bone gay and nobody gets pregnant.

          • Todd20036

            It’s sure fun to try, though

      • thatotherjean

        And a “conversation” with Trump has now left God knows how many foreign leaders confused, annoyed, and/or scared out of their minds. Probably all three.

    • The Return of Traxley

      I am not willing to give him a chance and wait and see if he can govern. This isn’t some small child we’re hoping is ready to use the big boy potty.

      I DON’T trust him to make any competent or rational decisions.

      He is going to have to PROVE to me that he’s worthy of the presidency.

      The burden of proof is on him. He has done nothing to earn my trust.

    • Kruhn

      In the words of C-3PO, “We’re doomed!”

    • ColdCountry

      And I will keep posting this quote from the NYT of 1922:
      “But several reliable, well-informed sources confirmed the idea that
      Hitler’s anti-Semitism was not genuine or as violent as it sounded, and
      that he was merely using anti-Semitic propaganda as a bait to catch
      messes of followers and keep them aroused, enthusiastic and in line for a
      time when his organization is perfected and sufficiently powerful to be
      employed efficiently for political purposes.”

  • TK

    That Jared Kushner has too much power

    • TuuxKabin

      And it could turn against him. Good chance they’ll turn on him, labelling him for his beliefs, as the blame.

    • Gigi

      “As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Christie had sent Mr. Kushner’s father to jail.” And no one clued into the fact that this would eventually be an issue?

      • TrollopeReader

        we’re very short of clues in this nation. very short.

      • madknits

        If it isn’t about himself, Trumpster doesn’t notice it. Classic narcissist.

      • ColdCountry

        Which was his job.

        We are so screwed, and not in a good way.

        • Gigi

          Ya, it’s not like it’s gonna get any better moving forward. Trump is the most divisive person to ever be elected president, and he’s surrounded himself by people who make him look calm and collected.

  • David F.

    He has over 4,000 transition positions to fill and has not even met with key departments and agencies yet. All these positions have to be vetted from what I understand. Add to that all the people who will leave because they won’t work for the Orange Asshole. He’ll be lucky if he has them all filled by midterm elections in 2018.

    • Gigi

      I literally LOL’d when I read that both he and his team were confused by the news that the White House staff under Obama would leave when his Presidency ended. They’re so unprepared that even this bit of information blindsided them. If Trump makes it to the end of his first term I’ll be gobsmacked.

      • Kruhn

        Well, technically he can keep them, assuming they’re willing to stay (which many won’t), but the Mangled Apricot Hellbeast has to ask.

  • SLK in SF

    Metaphors like “dumpster fire” are entirely inadequate….

    • Todd20036

      Adequate during the campaign.
      Now it’s more like “forest fire”, “Mushroom cloud”, “Skooki’s bad hair day”

  • Guest

    He is So Presidential.

  • Joe in PA

    It is so refreshing that we finally have a president that “speaks his mind”.

    • Gigi

      That’s what people are saying. “He says the things we’re afraid to say.” (Some things are better left unsaid.)

      • Todd20036

        LOL. If I spoke my mind to the Trumpanzees in the office I’d risk getting fired.

        And the prospect of being unemployed now is not worth a few minutes of arguing.

        • Gigi

          I’m so thankful that I don’t work in an office, for that reason. I’m not good at controlling my tongue. And if any of my clients were pro-Trump, I’d fire them.

          • Bj Lincoln

            It’s a good thing I don’t work and I am finding it hard to watch my mouth. I don’t think I could work with/for anyone stupid enough to think this joke of a man should lead a cleaning crew let alone my country.

        • Todd20036

          I work with them, but they are on another floor, and I rarely have to see them, which helps a LOT.

          And if they ever start talking politics with me, I will open my mouth, but only because they started it.

          I work in my own office. The door is closed, and the trance music is turned up.

  • DaMoldBrok

    If congress were to recall him for being incompetent, we would be stuck with the next in line, which had most everyone in Indiana vote for him, because they wanted to get rid of him.

    The most homophobic, anti freedom, anti women Governor to ever hold an office.

    We are so screwed. one can only hope that they are both together in a fiery crash!

    • Keiffer

      That would get us Paul Ryan as president which at least is someone who understands policy. Although his domestic solutions are problematic I would expect him to be able to be at least reasonably competent with foreign policy.

  • Gigi

    Will Trump continue to send out snarky tweets even after he’s sworn in as president? His followers seem to like the fact that he’s just like them (according to them), but how long will that be the case? A short fuse and lack of impulse control might be appealing to someone looking for excitement in a casual sexual relationship (my friend…not me), but they’re not qualities that the leader of the free world should possess.

    • lymis

      Of course he will.

  • hugh

    You mean he has not changed. Believe people when they show you who they are.

  • canoebum

    Has he called the Nobel Committee to inquire about his medal yet? Obama got one, and he’s WAY better at Presidenting. Everyone knows that.

  • dcurlee

    Did we expect anything less ….ummmm no

    • David Walker

      They wanted an outsider, they got an outsider. Be careful what you wish for.

  • Patrick

    They are willing to assist UNTIL Jan 20, 2017.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Then the real shit will hit the fan!

      • Todd20036

        And “we told you so” will only keep our side going for so long. Maybe, 4 years tops.

        • Bj Lincoln

          He is screwing up the transition. He won’t make it 4 years. I predict he will be impeached if he is not taken out by some gun nut well before that.

          • Todd20036

            If the president is assassinated, I get a day off from work.

          • Bj Lincoln

            That would be nice until the next day when Pence is sworn in.

          • TuuxKabin

            Just one?

    • Gigi

      It won’t matter one bit if no one shows up to ask for help.

  • RJ Bone

    This is Trump being presidential.

    • Todd20036

      That isn’t even snark. This is about as presidential as he gets.

      • RJ Bone

        This was a stretch, even for him. All that hiding at Trump Tower was him trying to come up with this. 😛

    • RoFaWh

      Just to make your meaning clear, let me point out that you are indulging in sarcasm and your statement is not intended as a compliment.

      • RJ Bone

        It will take several months of research with a crack team of analysts to come up with ONE way I can compliment him. I’ve, no shit, honestly been trying to come up with one thing and I can’t, except to say that he is the best example of capitalism ever.

        That said.

        No, this is the best we’ll get directly from him. Everything else is scripted. I bet he can’t even say “I love you” and be honest.

        These next four years will either bury us or the conservatives. I hope it is the latter.

  • Bj Lincoln

    My first reaction is to take his damn phone but…..they are too stupid to do that and it will contribute to his downfall.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I really hope the electors are paying attention to this shit. Even if they are party hacks, my God, you’d think they’d get that a full Trumpence term would actually damage the GOP for once. Trump makes George W.’s second term look good.

  • Duh-David

    Last night a trumpanzee told me, “It’s all the fault of those liberals in the Obama White House, who are quitting their jobs to sabotage Mister Trump.” I tried explaining that everyone who works for the White House will stay, but the people who work for President Obama are Democratic and wouldn’t be asked to stay for a Republican president. “That’s not how it woooorks!” she shrieked.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’d ask her, “I thought you wanted all the libruls out of da Ethnically White House. Why do you want them to stay? You would only bitch that they stayed. There’s no pleasing someone like you.”

    • BobSF_94117

      The domestic staff of the WH remains. The new administration brings in new managers to work over them. The low-level security stays. Security closest to the First Family changes to those who have been assigned to campaign security, at least initially, and augmented, of course.

      The working WH political and administrative staff stays until the inaugural itself and switches over to the new staff entirely on that day. Most do not leave until then, and the Trumpanzee you were talking to is delusional.

      • McSwagg

        But, will the “T” key caps remain behind with the computer keyboards and typewriters?

        • BobSF_94117

          Better they should steal the $

          • McSwagg

            You’re right. That would completely confuse them.

    • lymis

      They’re not quitting their jobs. Their jobs will have ended, and someone has to be hired. Even if Trump wanted all of them to stay, he’d have to actually hire them.

    • TuuxKabin

      Ever thought of smacking that trumpanzee upside her needless noggin’? Or pressure with the thumbs? Around her throat?

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        I am more in favor of a chocolate surprise pie.

        • TuuxKabin

          I would gladly deliver both pie and smack upside the head

        • RoFaWh

          Waste of good chocolate and even if chocolate is a dog whistle meaning shit, the stuff would be better used in a compost pile than in the attempted enlightenment of a Trumpkin.

    • bob

      My wacky relatives are still celebrating trumps popular vote victory ! Clueless fools !

      • ColdCountry

        New word: post-truth.

        • David Walker

          Not that the Oxford folks could care less, but I thoroughly approve of the Word of the Year choice. It perfectly describes where we are. The question is, what’s next?

    • thatotherjean

      Alas, Ms. Trumpanzee, that’s exactly how it works.

    • ColdCountry

      And did you say that yes, that IS how it works? And anyone who had an inkling of what the job entailed would know that? And then thank her for dooming our country?

  • Exatron

    Is there any chance at all that we could contact the electors, and persuade them to cast their electoral college votes for Clinton?

    • Bj Lincoln

      I wish.

  • Blackfork

    Excuse me, but in the NYT, YOU looked like a fool in THEIR coverage of you — you and your failing efforts to organize a presidency.

    • RoFaWh

      Drumpf has two natural gifts: one is a gift of the gab (aka b.s.), which facilitates his various cons and frauds, the other is (surprisingly) knowing enough to hire experts to do the heavy lifting. But now his problem is that there are few or no experts who follow the prevailing ideology, so he can’t find decent, qualified people for the many appointments he makes.

  • Bill Post

    I can’t wait for the stories about the Obama’s stealing all the silverware and such after they leave the Whitehouse. Anything to distract from the incoming underqualified idiot.

    • David Walker

      Maybe Michelle would apologize with her version of Minnie’s Terrible Awful.

  • Jeffrey

    We have a president elect who “melts down” and he hasn’t even been sworn in yet. Please, Electoral College, do the shocking and unthinkable thing by saving this country before it is too late. I know its never been done, but this is an emergency and Im breaking the glass here.

  • The Return of Traxley

    What aboit Uranus, Donald? Have you chatted with Uranus?

    • IDavid

      Of course he has. To the Donald, chatting with Uranus is like a deep breath of fresh air.

  • GayOldLady
  • BlindBill

    so donald selected christie as VP but “they” wanted pence ….. and now christie is once again ousted by the christionist pence …… perhaps donald should be worrying about his VP more than christie …. could it be that the scamgelicals have put #2’s on a mission to expose donald’s failures, have him impeached, and then become #1 ????

    • David Walker

      I have no doubt that your question is being seriously pursued. That little light bulb over my head just clicked on. PerKKKins, Fisher, Robertson, and the other hate mongering grifters didn’t condemn Drumpf for his lack of morals because Pense is next in line…and the theocracy seriously begins. I am so slow sometimes. Thank you, BlindBill.

  • bitwise

    If a national crisis happens with these unqualified sycophants in charge a lot of people are going to die. I just can’t understand how anyone in to GOP thinks this situation is acceptable. Our nation is at risk.

    • IamM

      A lot of people would die as a result of putting those incompetents and filth in charge even without any other crises.

      • RoFaWh

        Just wait for Pence to become President. The theocrats will abolish abortion AND contraceptives, including condoms, then they’ll wonder why within twelve months there’s a monster outbreak of assorted STDs.

        Whatever will the fundies do when 75% of their self-styled pastors come down with gonorrhea and syphilis at the same time?

    • RoFaWh

      Ideology über alles.

  • Herald

    I can’t wait for the day that Trump whining on Twitter is not considered newsworthy.

  • M Jackson

    I can’t stand the sound of unruly adolescents. I’m going to skip this bus and wait for the next one.

  • Cuberly
  • The Return of Traxley

    “Shut the fuck up, Donnie! You’re out of your element!”

    John Goodman is a prophet.

    https://youtu.be/O8MqXXX3jOA

  • Mike_Bernard

    Jesus Christ! And I fear that even he would not be able to save us… Yeesh….

  • MBear

    I know it’s just from reference.com, and I’m too sleepy (slept in, insufficiently caffeinated, etc) to check multiple sources, but I thought this was kind of interested.

    Here is the stated purpose of the Electoral College from reference.com:

    “The electoral college consists of 538
    electors, and of those, a candidate needs 270 votes to become president.
    Although the Founding Fathers wanted the people to have a say, there
    was concern that a charismatic tyrant could manipulate public opinion
    and come into power
    . Alexander Hamilton briefly addressed these concerns
    in the Federalist Papers. The idea was that the electors would be a
    group of people who would ensure that a qualified person would become
    president.

    (bolding mine)

    Innnnteresting.

    • The Return of Traxley

      What pranksters.

    • KarenAtFOH

      How quaint. Too bad they are now little more than rubber-stamping bean counter clerks.

    • Steve Teeter

      Oh, it has appeal, the idea that the electors would revolt and refuse to elect Trump president, presumably giving the post to Hillary instead. It, of course, would set off a constitutional crisis unlike anything seen since the Civil War. But maybe we’re already there.

      • The_Wretched

        It wouldn’t be constitutional crisis. It’s clear they have the legal power to flip the president selection. It’d be a political brouhaha but the republicans might not be that upset in the end. They don’t really want Donny the Clown.

      • MBear

        Constitutional crisis now? Or constitutional crisis with economic disaster, violence, riots, police state, fascist takeover of the government, invasion, possible nuclear weapons used, etc, later?

        Spin the wheel and hope your number comes up!

    • The_Wretched

      The Electoral College comprises the most die-hard of party loyalists and royal nut jobs. They are incapable of having the thoughts needed to serve as a safety valve.

  • KentDean

    THIS is “more restrained” on Twitter?

    • The Return of Traxley

      Yes. He hasn’t called for death to anyone yet.

  • Kruhn

    Thank you America, for electing the most unqualified and possibly the most dictatorial President ever!

    And you want us to just sit down and take it? Don, you’re now the fucking President, stop whining about what the New York Times thinks of you! The nation’s business will soon be your responsibility, you moron!

  • TampaDink

    Now that an entire week has passed, I feel so much better & more optimistic about his pivot towards behaving like a leader.

    I couldn’t even type that with a straight face and without throwing up in my mouth a little bit.

  • Bill Post

    Mmmmm, melty Trump, my fav on English muffins

  • William

    So, if I put on a nice suit and go to DC, I can take over a government agency?

    • Acronym Jim

      I do believe you may have touched on a solution to all our problems.

      • William

        Cool, I’ve always wanted to be Secretary of Transportation.

        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          Make the trains great again!

          • RoFaWh

            How to make the trains great again: build a rail system solely for the use of Amtrak. Not that there’s anything wrong with freight trains, but istm that a 100-car load of coal from Wyoming (with, say, twelve locomotives in the consist) does not mix well with an eight car passenger train.

            The Amtrak system would include lines that no longer carry freight, for example BNSF’s Raton and Glorieta subdivisions between Raton and Albuquerque.

    • Câl

      If you can mimic your avatar’s Russian accent, they will welcome you with open arms!

  • Acronym Jim

    It turns out that there was hidden video of the transition team at work.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpIoPQHYhrw

  • The_Wretched

    So…clear evidence that Trump isn’t fit to be president. He can’t even figure out the transition, a regular process that has a list of what needs to happen when and people who are used to doing it. It’s a roadmapped / blueprinted / color-by-number task. Politically pretty easy. This is the clown and his team who will be able to sail uncharted waters or deal with the complexities of the real world?

    I need some electrolytes.

  • D. J.

    Yes and I have seen, read & heard what the Aussie ex-PM had to say. He does not appear to be entertained by Donnie’s antics.

  • D. J.

    I still think the elecoral college should justify its existence by making HIllary President.

  • Acronym Jim

    In his typical fashion, Trump completely misconstrued the NYT article. They said he talked to foreign leaders without briefing materials, not that he didn’t talk to them at all.

    With reading comprehension like that, I’m almost glad he’s not reading State Department briefing materials.

  • TrollopeReader

    OT, but total 2016 vote is now 1.1 % *above* 2012 totals … still waaay too low, but the media is (as usual)incorrectly talking fewer and fewer voters)

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Yup, he’s totally got the temperament to handle the nuclear codes. /s

  • StraightGrandmother

    Mr. Kushner, a transition official said, was systematically dismissing people like Mr. Rogers who had ties with Mr. Christie. As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Christie had sent Mr. Kushner’s father to jail.

    Uh-oh, now we know why Christie is out. I didn’t know Ivanka’s father in law had went to jail, did you? Is he still in jail I wonder?

    • David Walker

      And I don’t know why, but I haven’t the time to google it now. Anyone?

      • thatotherjean

        In the summer of 2004 Kushner
        was fined $508,900 by the Federal Election Commission for mishandling
        of campaign contributions. … The U.S. Attorney for the District of New
        Jersey, Chris Christie, negotiated a plea agreement and Kushner was sentenced to two years in prison and released after one year.
        Charles Kushner – Wikipedia
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Kushnerv

        • David Walker

          Thank you.

    • IamM

      I don’t know where the father in law is now, but the alleged tension between Christie and Kushner was reported several times.

    • William

      Here’s part of the story from the BBC:

      Like Mr Trump’s father Fred, also a property mogul, Kushner senior
      was a controversial figure. He was jailed for tax evasion, illegal
      campaign contributions and witness tampering. He admitted
      setting up his own brother-in-law with a prostitute, secretly filming
      the liaison, and sending the tape to his sister in an effort to dissuade
      them from testifying against him.

      The man who prosecuted Kushner senior was the former US Attorney for New Jersey and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie. Jared Kushner is reported to have been involved in counselling his father-in-law to choose Mike Pence as his running mate, over Mr Christie.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Trump is gonna have another meltdown when he will be advised to stop using Twitter.

  • NZArtist

    Yes, New Zealand is an important world superpower. Our glorious leader here took time out of his busy world-changing schedule to congratulate the elected leader of that tiny pacific nation of the USA. I can see why Donald places such high emphasis on being contacted by such influencial world leaders.

  • Strepsi

    The first call and first visit have ALWAYS been to Canada!

    The fact it was to Russia tells you everything

    p.s. Justin is training for when Trump does deign to come here….
    https://i.makeagif.com/media/10-20-2015/tUbyQc.gif

  • Orly

    As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Christie had sent Mr. Kushner’s father to jail.

    Ahh, so we can also look forward to petty revenge and “pay-back” in the trumpanzee administration. yay.

  • B Snow

    Isn’t it great when you hire non-experts for a job? No “business as usual” here! Such a breath of fresh air.