The Fifth Risk

The Fifth Risk 1st Edition

CHRIS CHRISTIE NOTICED a piece in the New York Times—that’s how it all
started. The New Jersey governor had dropped out of the presidential race in
February 2016 and thrown what support he had behind Donald Trump. In late April he saw the article. It described meetings between representatives of the remaining candidates still in the race—Trump, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders—and the Obama White House. Anyone who still had any kind of shot at becoming president of the United States
apparently needed to start preparing to run the federal government. The guy
Trump sent to the meeting was, in Christie’s estimation, comically
underqualified. Christie called up Trump’s campaign manager, Corey
Lewandowski, to ask why this critical job hadn’t been handed to someone
who actually knew something about government. “We don’t have anyone,”
said Lewandowski.

Christie volunteered himself for the job: head of the Donald Trump
presidential transition team. “It’s the next best thing to being president,” he
told friends. “You get to plan the presidency.” He went to see Trump about it.
Trump said he didn’t want a presidential transition team. Why did anyone
need to plan anything before he actually became president? It’s legally required, said Christie. Trump asked where the money was going to come
from to pay for the transition team. Christie explained that Trump could
either pay for it himself or take it out of campaign funds. Trump didn’t want
to pay for it himself. He didn’t want to take it out of campaign funds, either,
but he agreed, grudgingly, that Christie should go ahead and raise a separate
fund to pay for his transition team. “But not too much!” he said.

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