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    16 Nov 2016

    ‘We’re on the verge of a crisis,’ says former Bush official after dealings with Team Trump

    Eliot Cohen, a Johns Hopkins professor who served in the State Department under Condoleezza Rice, said he was asked by a Donald Trump transition aide for recommendations on assembling the national security team.
    Apparently, it didn’t go so well.
    When Cohen, according to the New York Times, suggested many foreign-policy hands would join only if there were credible people leading national-security agencies and departments, he reportedly got a nasty emailed response.
    At that point, Cohen vented on Twitter:
    ‘After exchange w/ Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They’re angry, arrogant, screaming “you LOST!” Will be ugly.’
    Eliot Cohen
    He told the Times that the tone of the email surprised him. “They think of these jobs as lollipops,” Cohen said. “I think we’re on the verge of a crisis here.”
    Before the election, Cohen wasn’t exactly shy about his distaste for the prospect of Trump winning the White House.
    “The rot is cultural. It is no coincidence Trump was the star of a ‘reality’ show. He is the beneficiary of an amoral celebrity culture devoid of all content save an omnipresent lubriciousness,” Cohen wrote earlier this year. “He is a kind of male Kim Kardashian, and about as politically serious.”
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