John Kelly has just been sworn in as the new chief of staff of President Donald Trump on Monday, with the goal of putting back to order the affairs of the White House following some distractions brought about by several staff departures and other controversies. Kelly will also be expected to play a crucial role in pushing more aggressively for the President’s legislative agenda, after the temporary setback of the repeal of Obamacare.
Kelly is the second chief of staff for Trump to step in. His predecessor Reince Priebus was fired just a week ago. Kelly is also showing right away that he means business as the new chief of staff by getting rid of the scandal-prone communications director Anthony Scaramucci within hours of his being sworn in.
Trump has expressed his vote of confidence to Kelly. The President said he believes his former Homeland Security secretary will do “a spectacular job.” He also praised Kelly for his performance in his previous post. Trump said: “What he’s done in terms of homeland security is record shattering.”
The President added: “I want to congratulate you on having done a fantastic job, General, and we look forward to, if it is possible, even a better job as Chief of Staff. We have a tremendous base, we have a tremendous group of support, the country is optimistic and I think the General will just add to it. The country is doing very well. Strongest stock market ever. We will proceed and we will keep going but we have a fantastic leader, Chief of Staff, he is going to do a really great job.”
Republicans on Capitol Hill has strong faith in Kelly, too. Kelly is a retired U.S. Marine Corps general widely known for his fastidious nature. He once served as the commander of United States Southern Command for four years under the previous administration. He also served as a commanding general in Iraq from 2008 to 2009.