Trump wants more West Wing discipline: aide
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.