Rep. Mike Rogers, who had been advising the Trump transition team on national security matters, is allegedly out amid reports that there’s a purge of Chris Christie loyalists underway:
SCOOP: Former US Rep Mike Rogers is OFF on Trump transition team, sources tell me. He was tapped by Chris Christie; all Christie leaders OUT
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) November 15, 2016
Former GOP Rep Mike Rogers purged from Trump transition team – they’re purging everyone associated with Chris Christie!
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) November 15, 2016
Latest: Mike Rogers out of #Trump transition team, along with other hires tied to Chris Christie – source inside transition
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 15, 2016
NBC News even reported that sources close to Rep. Rogers called it a “Stalinesque purge”:
Trump transition shake-up part of 'Stalinesque purge' of Christie loyalists https://t.co/FfrVGT3dEo
— CNBC (@CNBC) November 15, 2016
Well, except for the part where Stalin killed people, it’s exactly the same!
We’re also reading that it might not be because of Rep. Rogers’ ties to Christie after all, but for the way the Michigan congressman handled the Benghazi investigation:
From @MichaelRWarren, backstory on Mike Rogers' departure from Trump transition. (Hint: It's not a Christie purge).https://t.co/sEjNo4oEPO
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) November 15, 2016
Either way, the media is loving the turmoil and is furiously publishing Donald-in-disarray the expected Donald-in-disarray stories. Some examples…
The New York Times:
One week post-election, Trump's transition is a hive of disorder and rivalry. @juliehdavis reports: https://t.co/BhCAKGTpdD
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) November 15, 2016
More good stuff from @AndrewRestuccia @nancook: Trump advisers steamroll Christie’s transition https://t.co/fPuvWFKRaE
— Carrie Budoff Brown (@cbudoffbrown) November 15, 2016
TIME’s politics editor:
Trump’s transition seems to be following the Apprentice model he used in his campaign.
— Ryan Teague Beckwith (@ryanbeckwith) November 15, 2016
As for the turmoil, we’re betting that will soon come to an end as Vice President-elect Mike Pence is in NYC today to meet with President-elect Trump and the rest of the transition team:
Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower to discuss Cabinet positions with President-elect Donald Trump: https://t.co/TbDw1L7pEy
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) November 15, 2016
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