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Trump: high-drama transition is 'very organized'

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>> Amendment. Think of this.>> As his free wheeling transition takes on all the color and drama of a reality TV show, president elect Donald Trump, pushing back at critics in a signature twitter blast saying his seemingly haphazard hunt to fill cabinet slots is quote, very organized, and only he knows who the finalists are.
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Reuters reporter Emily Stevenson is in Trump Tower.>> In past transitions, a lot of times it kinda took a while for cabinet appointments to come out. But what we're not seeing is sort of the regular filling out of the White House jobs that you might be seeing at this point.
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Trump's aides have said these are normal hiccups. But they do seem to be kind of scrambling to get things moving.>> This after the New York Times joined a chorus of reports painting a portrait of chaos. The papers saying key US allies were blindly dialing into Trump Tower trying to reach the future president.
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Trump's team pushing back with a list of 29 world leaders they say Trump and VP elect Mike Pence have already spoken with. Donald Trump's first meeting with a foreign leader, as president-elect set for Thursday with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But Japanese officials told Reuters, they have no idea when and where in New York it will happen.
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The sense of disarray magnified by the firing of two top names, New Jersey governor Chris Christie who had led the transition, and former congressman and national security expert Mike Rogers, with Pence now tasked with running the search for talent. Trump appearing close to a decision on at least two key posts.
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Renowned investor Carl Icahn's suggesting Trump is leaning towards billionaire Wilbur Ross for Commerce Secretary. And Wall Street veteran Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary.>> He's come down to talk to reporters a couple of times in the last few days. He said he talked to Mr. Trump about taxes, regulation.
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Today he talked about an infrastructure bank that he says they're considering.>> But JP Morgan's CEO Jamie Diamond also reportedly is still under consideration for the treasury post.