Trump Says No 'Chaos' As He Swears In His New Chief Of Staff
President Trump swore in his new chief of staff Monday morning, former Homeland Security Secretary and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, telling reporters he has no doubt Kelly will do a "spectacular job" in his new role.
Kelly takes over from Reince Priebus, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, who left the position after a little over six months, unable to bring order to a chaotic and at times fractious West Wing.
The changeover follows one of Trump's worst weeks in office so far. The Senate was unable to pass a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci unleashed a foul-mouthed rant which he belittled the former chief of staff — followed by Priebus' resignation, GOP senators rebuked Trump for his criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and controversial speeches before the Boy Scouts and police officers were followed by criticism from Boy Scouts and police officials.
Trump, however, said Monday that things are going well for his administration. He tweeted earlier in the morning, "Highest stock market ever, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages rising border secure S.C. No WH chaos!"
Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2017
As NPR's John Ydstie has reported, the stock market's rise is likely attributable in part to Trump, but there are other factors at play, like faster global growth.
Kelly is highly regarded by Trump, who said what Kelly had accomplished at the Department of Homeland Security "is record shattering." Trump said Kelly got "tremendous results" on border security with "very little controversy." There has been a steep drop in border apprehensions during the administration and an increase in arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Kelly, formerly in charge of the U.S. Southern Command, was confirmed as Homeland Security secretary with bipartisan support by the Senate, 88-11.
In a meeting with his Cabinet after Monday's swearing-in, Trump predicted Kelly will go down as "one of the greatest ever" chiefs of staff.
The White House has not yet announced who Trump will nominate for Homeland Security.