Trump’s 2016 transition defined his presidency. Biden’s might, too
The hallmarks were all there during Trump's transition — off-the-cuff decision-making, high staff turnover and bitter internal battles. So far, Biden's transition has publicly been the opposite.
November 28, 2020, 1:00 PM·6 min readOne of the first things Donald Trump’s team did after winning the 2016 election was fire its transition staff and toss the binders of prepared materials into the trash.In the coming weeks, the new transition team would name Cabinet picks without vetting them, knife each other over senior White House roles and not-so-privately spar over Trump’s agenda. It quickly became apparent that the only process for decision making was the incoming president dishing out impromptu directives on Twitter or from the Trump Tower lobby, the de facto transition offices.
In other words, it was exactly what the next four years would be like.And it’s exactly the opposite of how President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team has operated thus far — with longtime aides picking predictable officials for top jobs and working to tamp down potential tensions between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party.
The lessons gleaned from Trump’s transition ended up providing a road map for the way his presidency would unfold — the off-the-cuff decision-making, the high turnover and the bitter internal battles over policy areas like immigration, trade and foreign policy. America saw previews of all of it during the period between his upset win and January 2017 inauguration. headtopics.com
So if Trump’s example is any guide, Biden’s approach could also be a blueprint for what to expect over the next four years.“Trump famously thinks preparation is for losers, and the Biden team appears to be the opposite,” said one former Trump transition official. “Trump never wanted to prepare for a meeting because he thought he could wing it and that you only have to prepare if you are not naturally good or can’t think on your feet.”
Four years later, those around the outgoing president are still split over whether he set the right tone during the 2016 transition.Many of his supporters argue Trump was right to eschew traditions, like worrying about quickly confirming every mid-level staffer at every agency, and focus instead on major policies like the 2017 Republican tax bill, the confirmation of a raft of conservative judges and nixing international agreements like the Paris climate deal or the Iran nuclear accord.
Story continuesYet to critics and even some allies, Trump’s failures to run a meaningful transition hurt his ability to govern in the first year and beyond.“They still haven't recovered,” said former Gov. Chris Christie, in a podcast released over the summer by the Partnership for Public Service, a non-partisan group. Christie was the original head of the Trump transition team, before being ousted after Trump's win.
“The first year was almost over, and they still hadn’t recovered because you cannot recover from the loss of all of that work,” he said. “As you can see, in the beginning of the Trump White House there were either lots of empty seats or ones that were filled out with lots of Obama holdovers.” headtopics.com
The ramifications, he argued, were extensive.“It just has impacted this administration in every substantive way you can imagine since they did that,” Christie said.Trump’s transition out of office has been just as messy as his transition into the presidency. The president is still falsely proclaiming he won and spent several weeks barring his staff from having any contact with Biden’s incoming team, a long-held tradition.
“His transition in was marked as the same chaos as his transition out,” said one source familiar with the White House’s transition planning.Part of the problem, said former Trump transition officials, originated with the different factions that were competing for dominance: Trump’s New York associates, the campaign, the conservative movement and the more establishment Republicans associated with the Republican National Committee. All of them converged during the transition.
“Trump had never held elected office. Even in his business, he did not have shareholders to report to, so he could run things as he wanted and hold information as he wanted,” said Martha Joynt Kumar, director of the White House Transition Project, which studies past presidential transitions and offers information to incoming administrations. “He was not used to a situation where power is shared.”
Close Trump aides like Hope Hicks, John McEntee, Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Kellyanne Conway spent most of their time in New York after the 2016 election working alongside the president. Meanwhile, the more policy-oriented or experienced D.C. staffers worked out of Washington. headtopics.com
The two crews often did not communicate with one another, foreshadowing a pattern that would come to plague the White House.These factions “spent a lot of time vying for power, office space and appointments, which was facilitated by a weak chief of staff,” said a second Trump transition official, referencing Reince Priebus. “So I can’t say there was a unified, obvious agenda to be fulfilled. There were lots of competing agendas.”
Policy or agency expertise was downplayed in favor of looking for splashy hires the Trump team could parade before reporters in the gilded lobby of Trump Tower.And the early fissures among Trump’s team were apparent to everyone, thanks to ubiquitous leaks from the Oval Office and closed-door meetings.
“One of the problems with Trump’s Cabinet when he first became president is that it did not reflect a worldview, because he did not have one,” said David Axelrod, the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. “He had some taglines and some impulses, with a secretary of State and defense Secretary who really did not embrace what he was thinking or saying.”
President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Axelrod said Biden is already showing the world a different style of governing. He is being advised by aides who have been in the Biden orbit for decades and prioritizing officials for top jobs with conventional resumes. And the picks to this point have mostly satisfied moderates while not overly angering progressives.
“Biden believes by dint of half a century of experience that diplomacy is important, alliances are critical and he has appointed a bunch of people who believe it,” Axelrod added. “The ‘boring is beautiful' line is real.”Part of having a functional transition is knowing what a president wants to achieve policy-wise even before the inauguration, and then hiring the people to do it, said Clay Johnson, who ran the George W. Bush transition team before becoming the Bush administration’s head of presidential personnel.
“I don’t know what Biden’s plans are, but it does appear as if the Biden people are familiar with the appointments process and are familiar with how government works,” Johnson said. “They seem to have prior experience of this sort.”The Trump transition did not have an ideologically aligned Cabinet, in part due to Trump’s decision to hire top people like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on a whim. As a longtime senior Exxon executive, Tillerson believed in foreign cooperation and alliances — something Trump criticized early in his presidency. And all of Trump’s focus on hiring people who looked like they had come from “central casting,” as he put it, came at the expense of being able to unleash well-developed plans and policies on Day One in the White House.
“No one had done any of the substantive work during the transition and in the White House, they largely started from scratch,” said one of the transition officials. “It is indicative of the way Trump and his friends approached the presidency.” Read more: Yahoo News »
Trump should resign or be removed by 25th Amendment: Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., appeared on ABC's 'This Week.'
No No. It will not turn out the same. Biden is not a clown with a circus. Trump is and was since the beginning Is Biden an egomaniac? Nope. He's signed up adults for his admin. Is someone spying on Biden’s administration? Is someone trying to constantly undermine their administration? Is the media one sided lying hypocrites?
I just hope we're not subjected to trite poll tested bromides that a lap dog press regurgitates without question. We have big, serious problems that can't stagnate. (I wanted to throw up with one the new communication 'experts' Tweeting about 'thinking outside of the box'.) Joe Biden hires experts. Believes in expertise. Wants an A-team. What a silly question this is ...
About half of them will be in jail. No, but thanks for asking. No. Trump was trying to drain the swamp. Biden is trying to refill it. And he has you guys on his side. Trump did not No. 3/4 of DC has the same or similar agendas. Biden is in that club. Trump was never going to find enough ppl in DC willing to pull in his direction so he had ppl supporting his agenda and many more that didn’t. Biden will not have that problem.
'The man was simply fastened by his hands, tied one over the other, to a spoke of the wheel. Between the inner hand and the wood was a crucifix.' Count Dracula fakenews The fat guy on the right stuck a sword not a knife in Donald's back no, RussiaGate defined his presidency then COVID did Even suggesting that Biden and his transition is anything even remotely like the clown car catastrophe of Trump, is just next level stupid.
No Is that a serious question? How can anyone run as big a shitshow as Diaper Donald?! I imagine it's basically impossible. Why do silent on this issue 28 Shot, 7 Killed, over Weekend in Mayor Lightfoot's Chicago Why do you even ask this trump so totally off the wall, against rules, protocol, the law. Biden the exact opposite.
Trump's presidency is like a bad reality show that should have been cancelled. They have just proven that massive election fraud in the USA is as real as COVID. Those that certified this election need to be prosecuted and sued. Does Betteridge’s Law of Headlines imply editorializing here? A monkey on cocaine could have organized a better transition.
🗨 Will Biden's transition turn out the same [as Trump's]? Is this even a serious question? Stupid article Biden knows how to work with people. Trump doesn’t. What? Wtf kind of stupid question is that? Trump had snakes like Christie 'help him.' He should have had a few handpicked people with experience.. What he went through only happened because he did not do so.
For 5 years the media has obsessed about Trump to the detriment of our country. Have they learned anything? Apparently not. Of course not. Why on earth would it be No Bidens team- WAR WAR WAR WAR WAR! TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX! Resounding NO! Of whichever President-elect (by definition following another), would such a tremulous question be asked?
Is Trump's Narcissism a Threat to National Security? Yes it is. via YouTube The caliber, competence and professionalism of the Biden cabinet is nowhere near the Trump banana republic cabinet. So please.... No. Because they have governmental experience. Not a bunch of grifters. Biden’s transition will be better because it will be handled by his professional handlers despite his damaged foot !
Trumps only agenda was to rip off the American people Kind of don’t think that the FISA Court is being used against Biden team ... All these efforts on Trump’s behalf were done because it was going to help Trump win,but because it was going to help Trump cope with a loss, he can not accept defeat. That meant no Republican with career ambitions could accept it, either.
This is really dumb. And I did NOT click on the story. Shame on you. 265,000+ Bothsides much? Kale safaid kute inalilah ewaina ill alhe raji hoon No... There is only one Village Idiot. What a stupid tweet. No. Next! I dunno but I'm sure mitchellreports is already reporting it No it won’t FFS! Really? There's competency in 2020 so.....no
Do you know why....... do you care to find out....... All the best grifters That’s because his is all cronyism and favors being repaid. Obama 3.0 This moron , called by his own cabinet, had way over a 80% turnover rate because the moron narcissist thinks he is smarter than anyone & has said so. Politico sucks
The white man grievance campaign contributors.. 😃 Governor It took him awhile to find the right people but the financial team and foreign affair team have done well. The difference is in knowing what your doing. TrumpWorstPresidentInAmericanHistory I bet the white house stinks with trump crapping his diapers all the time.he should be in a home.poor people that do his clothes and Bathroom.he's so putrid and disgusting.we all knew he wore girdle,but not diapers.ewww
DJT is a fuckup. Everything he touches explodes. Good riddance. Yes? This is entirely predictable. Trump’s entire premise was that he was a political outsider. It would be stupid to think his transition would look like anything else than it did. Biden is literally a life-long politician. Of course he’s connected. Been planning for decades.
Trump didn'thave a clue how to be a president in 2016. Still does not have a clue in 2020. Not to mention the lies, the childish name-calling, the bullying, the mocking, the lies, the lies, and the lies. Also the absence of basic knowledge of government at any level, the disregard for true patriots and everyone else. I could go on. Did I mention the lies?
Hi, please check out my gig if you need any kind of graphic design That's why people chose Biden, because he was the opposite. “The Final Case For Joe Biden” Too bad that Biden hasn't won... Trump is coming back with his legal victories! I have a Chris Christie joke, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
MOTIVATION FRIDAYS Don’t forget the demands for loyalty over competence ReturnoftheCompetent It is happening *PA - CertificationHalt UPHELD *AZ - Legislative Hearing Sched WI - Petition on 150k ballots going fwd NV - Evidentiary Hearing Sched GA - 2 cases, 11th Circuit grants ExpedReview *MI - 100 Exhibits of Evidence in Powell’s case BidenCheated
Still don’t get it yet? You will... fakenews World War 3 under Biden Kamala admin.... look at their known Arms Dealers in their cabinetry full of Soros Elitist Madeline Albright whackos. MEGA SPREADER STORES!!! OUR STORE HAS HAD SEVERAL EMPLOYEES WITH COVID- NO stores are taking anyone's temperature when they come in. Customers keep taking off their masks and touch everything with their snotty hands. I try to stay away from all people- Good luck, suckers!