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What White House Chief of Staff John Kelly needs most from Trump

What White House Chief of Staff John Kelly needs most from Trump

Kelly will bring an "extraordinary amount of focus and discipline" to the president's staff. But he didn't elaborate. The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force against North Korea, following the country's latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicts Kelly will do a "spectacular job".

Sen. Dick Durbin of IL tells CNN he voted for Kelly for Homeland Security secretary, wanted to work with him in that role, and now in his new position. He said Scaramucci's removal sent a clear message "that going off-script and being undisciplined" would no longer be tolerated at the White House.

President Trump's decision to replace ineffectual White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security chief John Kelly - a former Army general with a history of smart, effective leadership - makes complete sense.

Blame had been put on Priebus over the past several months for the lack of progress on Trump's legislative agenda.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, "Look, the President certainly felt that Anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position and he didn't want to burden General Kelly".

Test missile launched from California coast
Just before the test took place, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the US "did not seek regime change" in North Korea. The Minuteman III missile went up at 2:01 am (0902 GMT) local California time Wednesday the Air Force Global Strike Command said.

Trump says on Twitter on Monday: "Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!"

David B. Cohen, a University of Akron political science professor writing a book on chiefs of staff, applauded Kelly for doing "things that should have been done on Day One of Reince Priebus's tenure".

The shakeup came after new communications director Anthony Scaramucci went after Priebus in a profane tirade, calling him a "f--ing paranoid schizophrenic" and saying he would be "asked to resign very shortly".

Former Trump campaign manager Cory 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 was serving as Trump's homeland security secretary at the time Comey was sacked, and the two men reportedly had a professional relationship and a "deep mutual respect" for each other, according to CNN. Also unclear is whether a new chief of staff can influence the president's social media habits.

The protracted health care fight has slowed Trump's other policy goals, including a tax overhaul and infrastructure investment.