POLITICO has learned that President Donald Trump’s transition team has asked top aides to prepare a memo outlining a series of steps that would ensure that the president and his team are “enriched” by the incoming chief of staff.
Sources close to the process told POLITICO the memo, which is being circulated internally, would detail how the new chief of the White House Office of Management and Budget would be equipped to work closely with the Trump transition team.
The memo would also outline a series, among other things, the new White House chief of communications and a set of senior White House officials to work with the transition team on “advisers” and other matters.
One source said the memo was to be sent “as soon as possible” after the new administration was sworn in, and that the memo would be a “keystone” for the president-elect’s first 100 days.
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the memo’s contents, said the document would detail the steps the incoming Trump team should take to get the Trump White House functioning in a way that “will help President Trump.”
The White House and Trump’s team have been criticized for some of the policies and personnel choices that have been made by the president.
Some have criticized the president for his decision to fire his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in February.
Lewandowski was charged with battery after a fight with Trump’s security detail at the end of a campaign rally.
He is currently on leave from the White Hill staff.
But sources familiar with the memo said it was the first step the new team would take to ensure that there is “no resistance” to Trump.
“It’s going to be the new standard in the transition that the transition can operate like a normal government and no one can stop it,” said one source.
“The Trump team has to get used to having a president with a lot of people, and it has to be done in a very open and transparent way.”
The memo is expected to be circulated within the Trump administration on Thursday, a source close to Trump told POLITICO.
It is unclear if Trump will sign it.
Sources familiar with its contents told POLITICO that the White Trumpet team will take a number of steps to ensure “that the president is empowered, is given access, is able to communicate with his advisers and the rest of the administration.”
Among the changes the team is expected do: “the president can now speak with his Cabinet members on a daily basis; the president can request any questions about his administration; he can make any policy decisions on a day-to-day basis; he will not be constrained by the timeframes for executive orders, nominees, and even legislative action; he is not limited to one office in the White Senate and will be able to appoint staff with his own personal views; and he will be empowered to take executive action on any issue he chooses to take, regardless of the opposition of Congress.”
One of the sources said the new transition team will also be required to “build an interagency team of the most senior officials from the president’s cabinet and administration,” and to provide “an opportunity for members of Congress and others to have access to the president.”
The source said these changes are intended to ensure Trump is “enlightened” by a new administration, rather than by a change in policy.
Trump has made several public appearances in recent days to make public a slew of controversial executive orders and executive orders on immigration, trade, and the environment.
A number of administration officials, including top transition officials, have defended Trump’s actions, saying they were necessary to keep the country safe from the threat of terrorism.
Trump, however, has also come under fire from lawmakers for his repeated and public criticism of the judiciary, which he has labeled “the enemy of the American people.”
A number other Trump officials, however.
have come under criticism for their work with congressional Democrats.
In a series to mark the 100th day of his presidency, Trump has continued to press the case that the court system is out of control, and he has pushed for judges to be “hired from outside the country” to enforce his orders.
Trump also has threatened to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, which was signed by more than 190 countries in 2017.
That agreement calls for the United Nations to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The United States has committed to taking the nation to the 2.0-degree mark by the end, but the country is still a long way from meeting the goals set by that agreement.
Trump and his top aides have also taken heat for his handling of the deadly hurricanes in Texas and Florida, which killed thousands of people.
Trump’s critics say the president has been slow to take action on climate change and for failing to enforce federal immigration laws.
“Trump’s refusal to take decisive action to tackle climate change is unprecedented in modern history, and his failure to enforce our nation’s immigration laws is putting American lives at risk,” said House