Trump and his team like to blame others, particularly Democrats, for many things, but especially for how slowly his administration nominees are going through the confirmation process. But the reality is that the Trump admin. is the reason they've been so delayed, per Politico. 17 formal nominations took over one month to arrive to the Senate for confirmation.

Bottom line: Trump admin likes to blame Democrats for the slow-moving Cabinet confirmation process, but it's matter of the WH sitting on the nominations. "OGE can't review reports until we receive them," a spokesman told Politico. "Once we have received them, OGE has been moving these reports faster than we did in the 2009 transition."U.S. ambassador to the UK: Trump announced in January his intention to nominate Robert "Woody" Johnson. More than four months later, the White House still hasn't submitted a formal nomination to the Senate.U.S. ambassador to Russia: Admin. sources said in early March they'd nominate Jon Huntsman, but nothing has come of that yet.Customs and Border Protection head: Tapped Kevin McAleenan on March 30, which is a key part of carrying out his immigration policies. WH didn't formally nominate him until May 22.

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Bob Woodward: "I was not going to hide" my opinion on Trump

Bob Woodward didn't want to join Senate Republicans in privately condemning President Trump but declining to do so publicly, he told Jonathan Swan in an interview for "Axios on HBO."

Why it matters: Woodward has covered 9 presidents, but Trump is the first that Woodward explicitly described as "the wrong man for the job."

Watch the full Jonathan Swan interview with Bob Woodward

In the latest episode of "Axios on HBO," Jonathan Swan interviews Bob Woodward about his new book, "Rage," which was based on 19 interviews with President Trump.

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