Former GOP official: 'Stay away' from Trump transition
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Eliot Cohen, a former State Department official under President George W. Bush, is advising other Republican foreign policy experts to “stay away” from Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE’s transition team just days after he encouraged them to help the president-elect.

"After exchange [with] Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away,” Cohen wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning. “They're angry, arrogant, screaming ‘you LOST!’  Will be ugly.”



Cohen was the driving force behind a letter signed by dozens of former Republican officials during the campaign denouncing a Trump presidency as “dangerous.”

Last week, however, he struck a more conciliatory tone by trying to reassure those worried about the president-elect.

In a column in the American Interest published days after Trump’s election, Cohen dished out advice for foreign policy experts who have opposed Trump on whether they should accept a job in the administration.

“Yes, with two conditions, however: that they keep a signed but undated letter of resignation in their desk office (as I did when I was in government), and that they not recant a word of what they have said thus far,” Cohen wrote.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) announced early Tuesday that he is leaving Trump's transition team. 

Rogers, a former FBI special agent and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is highly regarded among GOP leaders and was seen as an invaluable national security voice for the incoming administration.