JUST IN: ‘Large Chunk’ Of Team Trump ABRUPTLY Fired, Mike Pence Begins Purge (DETAILS)

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In the week following the election, president-elect Donald Trump drew fire for bringing lobbyists and other insiders into his transition team. Now, it looks like he might make good on his promise to “drain the swamp” after all.

USA Today reports New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the lobbyists are out and VP-elect Mike Pence took charge of the transition team. On Tuesday, Donald Trump and his top advisers gathered at Trump Tower to discuss filling those 4,000 White House and cabinet positions.

‘Pence and the transition’s newly installed executive director Rick Dearborn also are removing lobbyists from the transition, as Pence works to reshape the organization, according to a transition team member with knowledge of the decisions but who was not authorized to discuss them publicly.’

Donald Trump also went on Twitter to insist there’s a “very organized process taking place.”

Despite the New York Times report on “transition turmoil” and the president-elect’s “wild ride with the press,” Trump assures us they’re “so totally wrong.”

On Sunday, Donald Trump was singing a different tune. When Leslie Stahl from CBS’s 60 Minutes asked Donald Trump why he had so many lobbyists on his team after promising to clean up Washington, he answered that he had to hire lobbyists. Why? Because in Washington D.C. “there are no people,” only lobbyists.

‘Everything, everything down there — there are no people — there are all people that work — that’s the problem with the system, the system. […] We’re doing a lot to clean up the system. but everyone that works for the government, they then leave government and they become a lobbyist, essentially, I mean, the whole place is one big lobbyist.’

 

He then lamely added:

‘I’m saying that they know the system right now. But we’re going to phase that out. You have to phase it out.’

That phase didn’t take long.

Watch: Donald Trump purges lobbyists from his transition team.

ABC reports Mike Pence taking charge and firing Gov. Chris Christie and the lobbyists from the transition team after Leslie Stahl grilled Donald Trump.

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