Some of Donald Trump's Cabinet picks are facing off with the administration over staffing issues, as the administration rejects candidates who have spoken negatively against the president, Politico reports.
A number of Cabinet picks assumed they would have the ability to pick their own lieutenants, but that is proving not to be the case. The administration is calling for its own selections to join the staff, even if the people the secretaries want have been endorsed by top Republicans or have positive credentials.
One person close to the administration said mixed signals were the reason for the issues.
"I think the initial signal from the White House was that you could hire your own team, and once nominees started putting up names, it was met with opposition, because they had not supported Trump, or in some cases were anti-Trump. So it was a conflicting signal that offended people."
One White House official told Politico that it was the administration's right to hire who it wanted.
"We won the election because people wanted us to run the government. We are putting our people in place to do that."
Chief of staff Reince Priebus is deeply involved in the hiring process and has told associates that he wants supporters in the White House and in federal agencies.
A White House spokesperson on Tuesday said hiring was "collaborative" and placed the blame on Senate Democrats for slowing the process of approving Cabinet nominees, Politico reported.
Some examples of the face-offs include an adviser to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos being told that a candidate for an agency position was unlikely to get the job because that person had worked for an organization seen as being in opposition to Trump.
The administration said some of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's choices are too liberal or not pro-Trump enough, sources told Politico.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has faced such opposition that he "basically has nobody in his agency yet," according to one source.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is also facing opposition. One source said: "She is frustrated with the White House."
According to The New York Times, one Cabinet official has been dismissed over apparently being critical of Trump. Shermichael Singleton in the Department of Housing and Urban Development was told his comments were the reason for his release.
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