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Trump reportedly surprised by scope of White House staffing duties

Everett Rosenfeld

President-elect Donald Trump is receiving a quick education in the American presidency.

A source told NBC News that Trump asked President Barack Obama during their Thursday meeting how many White House staffers he could replace. And when the sitting president responded that Trump gets to staff just about the entire White House, the president-elect was surprised, NBC's source said.

The Wall Street Journal reported a similar anecdote, but said that it was Trump aides who seemed "unaware" that the West Wing staff needed to be replaced after Obama's departure.

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