President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday his transition into power is no longer going smoothly, accusing President Obama of sabotaging his efforts to take over the executive branch.
In a tweet, Trump said he previously thought it was going to be a “smooth transition,” but Obama was now throwing up “roadblocks.” Trump’s transition team has consistently praised the Obama administration for facilitating an easy transfer of power throughout federal government, last week calling White House officials “unbelievably gracious.”
Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition - NOT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2016
Trump's change in tune appears to follow remarks made by Obama this week indicating his belief he would have defeated the president-elect if he were the candidate. Still, Sean Spicer, a Trump spokesman, said Obama administration officials have been “helpful and generous with their time.” He added Trump’s tweets “speak for themselves very clearly.”
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The bumps in what had been called by both sides a smooth transition follow an Obama cabinet member -- Labor Secretary Tom Perez -- calling the actions of Trump’s team “illegal.”
Referring to the now infamous Energy Department questionnaire asking for the names of specific federal employees who worked on climate change issues, Perez told CBS News in a radio interview, “Those questions have no place in a transition. That is illegal.”
He added: “Will dedicated career people be targeted because they were doing the right work?” Perez is currently running to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee.
The Trump transition team has disavowed the questionnaire, saying it was sent by a rogue employee who has been “properly counseled.” Despite the disavowal, Trump’s State Department landing team requested information on programs related to gender issues. Unlike the Energy questionnaire, the State request did not ask for the names of specific individuals.
The Energy questionnaire led to the Office of Special Counsel sending a letter to Congress that warned Trump’s team against “any effort to chill” federal workers from doing their jobs.