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Donald Trump's cabinet full of trouble

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

Coming into office, President-elect Trump boasted his cabinet had “by far the highest IQ of any cabinet ever assembled.” But these days, Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly are more likely to privately question the basic intelligence of their cabinet officials than shower them with such praise. The problems go far beyond Rex Tillerson, who clashed with Trump repeatedly before being fired today in favor of CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Why it matters: As we have said before, all habits, good and bad, flow down fast in any organization. It should come as no surprise that cabinet officials are improvising, understaffed, and are ignoring precedent, procedures and in some cases the law. Expect more — not less — of this.