Reports that Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President-elect Trump, is rapidly dismissing allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie from the Trump transition operation “couldn’t be further from the truth,” a top Trump aide said Wednesday.

Kushner, who wields significant influence over the president-elect, has been accused in the media of leading a “Stalin-esque purge” that ended with Christie and two of his top aides, Rich Bagger and William Palatucci, getting demoted from their leadership posts on the transition team. That ubiquitous accusation can be traced back to anonymous sources close to former Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who was ousted from the presidential transition effort this week.

Christie prosecuted Kushner’s father for tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions in 2004 during his tenure as U.S. attorney for the Garden State, and the two men are said to have had a tense relationship while working together on the Trump campaign.

“Jared did a fantastic job with the campaign,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters inside Trump Tower, according to a pool report. “Obviously the president-elect seeks and respects his counsel very much.”

Miller said reports that claim Kushner has been “purging” Christie allies from the transition team are “completely inaccurate.”

“The one thing I would say is that with the vice president-elect coming in to run the transition team, we’re making sure that we’re bringing in folks who are ready to implement the president-elect’s vision,” he said. “And of course the president-elect is going to have his vice president-elect in charge of the transition team because he spent all this time with him on the campaign trail.”

Vice President-elect Pence “knows exactly what [Trump] wants to see” and “the types of people he’ll want to put in place,” Miller said.

Miller also dismissed reports that Trump transition staffers are struggling with the task of assembling a government.

“The president-elect and vice president-elect are taking a very structured, methodical approach to this,” he said, adding that Trump and Pence are focused on appointing individuals to cabinet-level positions they are “confident will pass confirmation [in the Senate] and [who] are going to be people that we think can implement the president-elect’s vision.

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“Obviously we’re taking this very seriously and we know we have a finite amount of time to get this put together,” Miller acknowledged. “Inside, there’s a very solid plan. There’s a methodical approach to all this being put together.

“It’s very calm, it’s very structured and anyone saying anything else is either … bitter, because they’re not on the inside and they’re not being considered, or they’re someone who’s just bitter because the election was last week and they didn’t get the result that they wanted.”

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