Trump wants more West Wing dis­ci­pline: aide

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump wanted more dis­ci­pline and struc­ture in the West Wing, and ex­pects to get that from the re­tired gen­eral tak­ing over as the new chief of staff, a top White House of­fi­cial said Sun­day.

Depart­ment Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary John Kelly is among the mil­i­tary of­fi­cers past and present, in­clud­ing De­fence Sec­re­tary Jim Mat­tis, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair­man Joseph Dun­ford and na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser H.R. McMaster, with promi­nent roles in the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“You know that he en­joys work­ing with gen­er­als,’’ White House bud­get di­rec­tor Mick Mul­vaney said.

Kelly was an­nounced Fri­day as Trump’s sec­ond chief of staff and planned to be­gin work to­day, re­plac­ing Reince Priebus, a for­mer Repub­li­can Party chair­man who held the job for six months. The moved ended months of spec­u­la­tion about Priebus’ fate and came among in­fight­ing and tur­moil in the early stages of the Trump White House.

“I think Reince was ter­ri­bly ef­fec­tive, but was prob­a­bly a lit­tle bit more laid-back and in­de­pen­dent in the way he ran the of­fice,’’ Mul­vaney said. “And I think the pres­i­dent wants to go a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion, wants a lit­tle bit more dis­ci­pline, a lit­tle more struc­ture in there.

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