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Trump says his transition team is 'very organized' and disputes rumors of infighting

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President-elect Donald Trump says his transition team is operating smoothly. 

He also criticized media coverage of his transition.

He added that he has taken calls from many nations, including Russia and Saudi Arabia.

Christie and Rogers out

But reports suggest the process of building a Trump administration isn't going smoothly. Sources tell CNN Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is at the center of "infighting" as new transition boss and Vice President-elect Mike Pence replaced everyone hired by his predecessor, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. 

The most high-profile ousting was Mike Rogers, a former congressman who was once considered for the top job at the CIA, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Charles B. Kushner arrives at Federal court in Newark, N.J., Friday, March 4, 2005, to be sentenced. (AP Photo/Marko Georgiev)
Charles B. Kushner arrives at Federal court in Newark, N.J., Friday, March 4, 2005, to be sentenced. (AP Photo/Marko Georgiev)

Kushner's father part of the reason?

In 2004, when Gov. Christie was a U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted Kushner's father Charles for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions.

Source: It's about lobbyists


Another source told CNN the shake-up of the transition team had started months ago, and a third said the turnover focused only on lobbyists. 

"Drain the swamp" was one of Trump's campaign slogans, but many people on his initial transition team were lobbyists, CNBC reports.

Trump has a huge task ahead of him: It takes about 4,000 appointees to lead the executive branch, with 2.6 million employees. If you include the Pentagon, there's 4 million.

The number of lobbyists prompted an angry letter from Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

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