Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary for President-elect Donald Trump, said in a news conference Thursday that new Cabinet nominees have been subjected to “delay tactic after delay tactic” by Democrats.
Spicer said partisan politics have delayed the confirmations of Elaine Chao as Trump’s transportation secretary, Ben Carson as housing secretary and Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, as U.N. ambassador.
Ethics reviews had not been completed on some nominees, slowing the process, Spicer said.
Several other critical nominees, such as James Mattis, Trump’s pick for defense secretary, could be confirmed as soon as Friday.
Before Spicer took the stage, Vice President-elect Mike Pence talked about the transition in the final days before inauguration, telling reporters the cooperation shown by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “would make every American proud.”
Obama and President-elect Donald Trump have clashed publicly in the weeks following the election, whether on policy issues or over which one of them would win in a hypothetical race for the White House.
Obama last week described the transition as “unusual,” adding, “I think the president-elect would agree with me.”
Spicer also told reporters the first few daily media briefings, though crowded, will be held in their usual location, in the James S. Brady briefing room.
Last week, senior administration officials said they might relocate daily briefings to accommodate the large number of journalists interested in covering the Trump administration.
The proposal raised concern that relocated briefings would limit access to the White House, given President-elect Donald Trump’s tumultuous relationship with the media.
The Associated Press wrote this report. Dan Cooney contributed.