President Trump convenes Cabinet with new chief of staff
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump convened his Cabinet for a kickoff meeting with new Chief of Staff John Kelly.
The president promised his team is “going to work hard” and fulfill that famous campaign promise to “make America great again.”
After a particularly tumultuous time in his presidency, Trump is trying to highlight a positive jobs outlook and strong stock market.
As for the escalating tensions with North Korea, Trump says the situation “will be handled.” But he didn’t elaborate.
The U.S. flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Sunday in a show of force following the country’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.
Trump on Monday swore in Marine retired Gen. John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff.
In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicted Kelly will do a “spectacular job.”
The president denied there is “chaos” in the White House, despite a particularly tumultuous stretch. And he says things are going “very well.”
Trump declined to say just what Kelly will do differently from Reince Preibus, whom Trump ousted as chief of staff late last week.
Kelly previously served as the Department of Homeland Security secretary.
Trump has said he hopes Kelly can bring some military order to an administration weighed down by a stalled legislative agenda, infighting among West Wing aides and a stack of investigations.