Donald Trump's zeal for extreme vetting has one glaring exception, one gaping blind spot: his own administration.If you're a bedraggled sixth grader from a beleaguered country where the Quran is a popular text, he will stop you at our border. If you're a retired lieutenant general who hallucinates an Islamic terrorist behind every last garden shrub in America, he will welcome you to the White House.
President Trump has blamed "obstruction by Democrats" for delays in confirming his senior appointments, saying on Twitter that "it is a disgrace that my full cabinet is still not in place."But the slow pace of filling out Mr. Trump's cabinet can be attributed in part to decisions made in the early days of the nominee vetting process.The Trump transition team deviated from the practices of recent Democratic and Republican administrations, according to five people directly involved with the transition process. The Trump team chose to skip a practice of grilling nominees to prepare them and protect the president from potential embarrassment during the confirmation process.Candidates, for example, were not asked about financial conflicts and past vices — known informally as the "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" questions.