Trump picking cabinet members

WASHINGTON (NBC) – President Obama is weighing in on his successor as the Trump transition takes shape.

Criticism is pouring in on President-Elect Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon as chief strategist.

“The fact the Republicans have been silence on Bannon’s appointment is a disturbing side,” said Rep. Betty McCollum, Minnesota Democrat.

Bannon’s “Breitbart News” website is a favorite of extremists and white nationalists. Team Trump defends him.

“This is a very balanced, very sensible, very smart man,” said Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, New York City.

“I look forward to having a discussion with the, whoever they appoint in the administration,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican.

President Obama declined to weigh in on Bannon. But he is giving Trump some advice on how to heal a divided nation.

“How he signals his interest in their issues or concerns, I think those are the kinds of things that can set a tone,” said bObama.

Including reports that Steve Mnuchin,  Mr. Trump’s campaign finance chair, is being considered as treasury secretary.

“There is a lot of hard work going on up there,” said Steven Mnuchin, Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Partner.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham as press secretary, and Rudy Guiliani and former UN ambassador John Bolton as Secretary of State.

Insiders say the Trump transition is ahead of schedule.

Trump’s children, his closest advisers, are part of that team. An official confirms to NBC that the transition team has inquired if it would be possible for them to get security clearances.