We have all been told not to judge a book by its cover—to assess the unfamiliar, the opposing, and the frightening by merit instead of appearance. But when discussing the presidency of the U.S., such rules no longer apply. Donald Trump’s presidential transition was chaotic and rushed, far more so than that of Bush or Obama. Is this muddled transition only a blip in Trump’s administration on the promised path to greatness? Or does it foreshadow four years of incompetence and corruption? All evidence points to the latter.

Immediately after Trump won the 2016 election, he announced his cabinet choices before vetting them in a standard FBI background check. Refusing to screen his selections was especially alarming since his cabinet consists of several rich executives with potential business conflicts. Richard Painter, who served as the chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush from 2005-2007, stated that “It’s going to take a lot more time to vet these billionaires.” Instead, Trump rushed to have his cabinet members sworn in.

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) accused Senate Republicans of attempting to jam nominees through the approval process without complete vetting. The OGE believed that Trump’s administration pressured Republican senators, political allies of the administration, to nominate candidates quickly to cover up any possible conflicts of interest, although by the time Inauguration Day came, only three of the fifteen cabinet positions had been officially filled.

To nominate first and vet later is a dangerous proposition that will lead to future complications, but the American public should have expected no better. One of the pillars of Trump’s platform was that he was an outsider who would shake things up in Washington. Trump had never held political office before coming into the presidency and never acted in the complete interest of the American public. Besides his inexperience, along the campaign trail and in his presidency there were multiple allegations against Trump regarding corruption with Russia.

America has had no reason to trust Trump. He spoke numerous times about defeating corruption in Washington D.C. and “draining the swamp,” yet his transition does the exact opposite.

In addition to the dangers of corruption, the process of rushing a candidate’s nomination provides chaos to the entire government. This chaos slows down progress and halts work that different executive departments could have been completing. Political corruption and governmental inefficiency have always gone hand in hand. If the government cannot function properly, the U.S. cannot either.  The bottom line is that Trump’s transition and the suspicious rush to nominate candidates harms all Americans.

These actions are indicative of the administration that will lead this country for the next four years—shady dealings and political inefficiency for the benefit of either Trump or the Republican party.