But the series of personnel announcements have also hit turbulence. Some were rushed, some were delayed and some came as a surprise to those who expected to be consulted, critics say. Others say the transition team was caught off guard over how some of their picks would be received. Overall, it has been far from the quiet and carefully planned process many expected at the start.
“Way more chaotic than it needed to be,” one person familiar with the transition deliberations said of the rollouts overall. “And way too much drama.”
That could create more serious problems as the president-elect and his team gear up for a series of what are likely to be highly partisan confirmation battles, should Republicans retain control of the Senate next year.