On Thursday, just two days after the election, Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, toured the West Wing. Kushner, who has a business background, has been a key adviser to Trump, but he has no meaningful experience in politics or government.
And so it perhaps shouldn't have come as too big of a surprise when Kushner, during his White House tour, asked
how many West Wing staffers would remain in their jobs after the new administration took over. The answer, of course, is practically zero: Trump will need his own team.
The trouble is, Kushner isn't the only one on Team Trump who's completely unaware of such things. As the Wall Street Journal reported
, the president-elect is ignorant, too.
During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. [...]
After meeting with Mr. Trump, the only person to be elected president without having held a government or military position, Mr. Obama realized the Republican needs more guidance. He plans to spend more time with his successor than presidents typically do, people familiar with the matter said.
Note that when Obama and Trump spoke briefly to reporters on Thursday, the Republican president-elect turned to the incumbent and said
, "I look forward to being with you many, many more times."
Left unsaid: "I'm starting to worry that I have no idea what I'm doing, so please help me."
The New York Times reported
over the weekend, meanwhile, that Trump "talking with his advisers about how many nights a week he will spend in the White House." He apparently hopes to maintain parts of his routine, which means spending time in New York, not D.C.
"The questions reflect what Mr. Trump's advisers described as the president-elect's coming to grips with the fact that his life is about to change radically," the article
added. "They say that Mr. Trump, who was shocked when he won the election, might spend most of the week in Washington, much like members of Congress, and return to Trump Tower or his golf course in Bedminster, N.J., or his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach on weekends."
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