Trump Denies Any White House 'Chaos'

He installs new chief of staff John Kelly
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2017 11:59 AM CDT
Trump Denies Any White House 'Chaos'
President Trump meets Monday with John Kelly, the new White House chief of staff, after he was sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump may have shaken up his team last week, but he denies reports of "chaos" as his new chief of staff takes over. "Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!" he tweeted. Later, after swearing in John Kelly as chief of staff, he reiterated the theme: "We're doing very well," he said, per the Washington Post. "We have a tremendous base. The country is optimistic. And I think the general will just add to it." Kelly is a retired four-star general, and Trump predicted great things from the man who had previously run his Homeland Security department.

"What he's done in terms of Homeland Security is record-shattering," said Trump, praising Kelly's "tremendous results" in "a controversial situation," an apparent reference to Trump's travel ban. Also Monday, Trump kept up his pressure on Republicans over ObamaCare, notes the Hill. "If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?" he tweeted. Trump may bristle at the suggestion of "chaos," but the Wall Street Journal reports that a "tumultuous" recent stretch that saw the firing of Reince Priebus, attacks on the attorney general, the collapse of the GOP's health care plan, and the surprise announcement of a ban on transgender troops has exposed rifts within the Republican Party. (More President Trump stories.)

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