US President Trump swears in new chief of staff: "He will do a spectacular job"

After the swearing in ceremony of his new chief of staff Gen. John Kelly, Trump said: "He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt." In what seems to be an attempt to distract from the recent shake-up in the top echelons of his administration, Trump denied that there is "chaos" in the White House and boasted about "best economic numbers in years."
Trump and Kelly Photo Credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

Today, US President Donald Trump swore in Marine retired General John Kelly as the new White House chief of staff. Kelly will be replacing Reince Preibus, who was ousted last week. Denying that the White House is in disarray following the series of significant changes among his staff, Trump tweeted "No WH chaos!" and listed some successes that he attributes to his administration.

At the swearing in ceremony in the Oval Office, Trump said that he has "no doubt" that Kelly will do a "spectacular job," that “what he’s done in terms of homeland security is record-shattering” and that “we look forward, if it’s possible, to an even better job as chief of staff.” 

Two days ago, Trump announced on Twitter that he was firing Reince Preibus, who was recently accused of leaking information from the administration, and of his intention to replace him with Kelly. Preibus denied the claims against him and, in an interview with CNN, said that everything he had done was in tandum with the president. The White House chief of staff is considered the most influential and senior figure within the administration and is the right hand of the sitting president.

"I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great American...and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration," Trump tweeted.

When asked by a reporter what changes could be anticipated under Kelly as chief of staff, Trump said that his administration "has done very well" and has set "lots of records" and added that “the country is optimistic. And I think the general will just add to it.”

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