The White House has begun the process of pulling loyalists of President Donald Trump out of the federal agencies to which they were assigned to be the eyes and ears of the administration, Politico reported.
Originally tabbed to be Trump's beachhead team — to take over and run the agencies as of Jan. 20 — the loyalists remained at the agencies to ensure that the president's vision was being carried out.
But it quickly led to tension, most acutely at the Environmental Protection Agency, as the loyalists — also called the "shadow cabinet" — were mostly campaign wonks who knew nothing of running government, Politico reported.
At the Treasury Department, Secretary Steve Mnuchin banned to the basement two of Trump's "senior advisers," one of whom was a data operations director for Trump's campaign, Politico reported.
In a few cases, at the Department of Homeland Security, for one, Trump's Cabinet picks haven't fired the liaisons due to the slow pace of getting warm bodies to fill crucial roles at the agency, Politico reported.
"Dysfunction with personnel keeps these types of folks there," one source told Politico.
The administration says they were only intended to be in place for 120 days, but many of the beachhead members thought they would be in for the long haul, Politico reported.
Regardless, they're now being transferred or eased out entirely.
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