Trump team rivalry
Trump has a history of setting up rivalries among his advisers, and it appears he’s likely to have a big one on his national security team.
Flynn reportedly sought to block Mattis’s nomination because he did not want a general with higher ranking than him in the Cabinet.
And according to The Washington Post, a power struggle has already begun between the Trump transition team and Mattis over who should serve in top slots at the Pentagon.
The potential rivalry is almost certain to be raised at Mattis’s confirmation hearings next week, especially since it gives Democrats an opportunity to express their misgivings about Flynn’s role in the White House.