The Republican Party just left the White House

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 2, 2017

And, certainly, after last week, you know, accepting times of natural disaster and tremendous loss of life - last week was the worst week in modern American presidential history.

Donald Trump has turned to John Kelly, a four-star Marine general, to bring order to a shambolic White House staffed with his relatives, multi-millionaire advisers and - until recently - a communications director who referred to Kelly predecessor as a "f***ing paranoid schizophrenic". For one thing, President Trump fired his communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the administration's internal dynamics.

Priebus' presence in the White House was once seen as among the few tethers still binding Trump to the Republican National Committee as he was one of the members of the president's senior staff with the most experience in Washington politics. Even as he considers refusing to provide the health-care payments for insurers that are due in three weeks, he has hinted that he would eventually welcome Democrats to the health-care bargaining table.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that Kelly "has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him".

Where was the glowing praise for Priebus when he took up the job as Trump's Chief of Staff at the beginning of the administration? Ms Sanders is one of the few names who transitioned from the campaign and gained more trust from the United States president, as others such as Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer and Stephen Bannon were either ousted or ridiculed. White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN's "State of the Union", that senators "need to stay, they need to work, they need to pass something". Earlier, in an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicted Kelly, who previously served as Homeland Security chief, would do a "spectacular job". In fact, economic growth averaged 2 percent in the first half of this year, a pace Trump railed against as a candidate and promised to lift to 3 percent. The unemployment rate, too, started to decline on Obama's watch.

As for the escalating tensions with North Korea, Trump says the situation "will be handled".

Nonetheless, Mr. Kelly launched a particularly robust defence of the order to lawmakers and reporters, which was welcomed by the White House. The departure of Reince Preibus, the ousted White House chief of staff who had been the chairman of the Republican Party and a veteran capital operator, may only increase the President's isolation from establishment Washington and heighten his vulnerability to the political tricks they have mastered over many decades.

INSKEEP: Homeland Security wouldn't normally be involved.

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!"

The Media hated Reince Priebus and on Friday they got their scalp.

Trump's tweet came before his swearing-in of a new chief of staff. Is it part of a chief of staff's job sometimes to ignore an angry president making demands? Republicans on Capitol Hill are hopeful that Kelly's discipline will bring focus to the president's legislative agenda.

Filling Mr Kelly's position appears to be a simpler task than finding a successor for Mr Scaramucci inside the White House, given the level of turmoil and uncertainty inside Mr Trump's team in the last two months. First, of course, is to get President Trump behind him - but second also to sort of deepen his bench and understanding of some of the domestic issues that are key here, including taxes, health care, the regulatory agenda and the rest.

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