Kelly called a step to­ward or­der

Trump seek­ing more dis­ci­plined staff, say two as­so­ci­ates

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL - In­for­ma­tion for this ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted by Cather­ine Lucey of The As­so­ci­ated Press.

WASH­ING­TON — Presi- dent 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 De­fense Sec­re­tary James 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 move ended months of spec­u­la­tion about Priebus’ fate and came amid 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.”

Trump, in his Fri­day tweet an­nounc­ing the re­tired Marine four-star gen­eral’s new as­sign­ment, called him “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.”

Priebus held the post for fewer than 200 days, the short­est ten­ure for any pres­i­dent’s first chief of staff since the po­si­tion was for­mally es­tab­lished in 1946. He was blamed by some within the White House for the fail­ure of the Repub­li­can health care plan in Congress. Some Trump al­lies thought that Priebus’ long­time re­la­tion­ships with Repub­li­cans on Capi­tol Hill, in­clud­ing House Speaker Paul Ryan, also from Wis­con­sin, should have en­sured the bill’s pas­sage.

For­mer Trump cam­paign man­ager Corey Le­wandowski, who was ousted from the cam­paign in 2016, said on NBC’s Meet the Press that he ex­pected Kelly would “re­store or­der to the staff” but also stressed that Trump was un­likely to change his style.

Kelly starts his new job as ten­sions es­ca­late with North Korea. The United States flew two su­per­sonic bombers over the Korean Penin­sula on Sun­day in a show of force against North Korea, af­ter the coun­try’s lat­est in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile test. The U.S. also said it con­ducted a suc­cess­ful test of a mis­sile de­fense sys­tem lo­cated in Alaska.

Sen. Dianne Fe­in­stein, D-Calif., said on CBS’ Face the Na­tion Sun­day that she hopes Kelly can “be ef­fec­tive,” and “be­gin some very se­ri­ous ne­go­ti­a­tion with the North and stop this pro­gram.”

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