Former Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly was sworn in as White House chief of staff Monday morning, with President Trump predicting the retired four-star Marine Corps general will do “a spectacular job.”
Appearing with Mr. Kelly in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump told reporters that Mr. Kelly will bring his strong performance from DHS, where he made significant inroads combating illegal immigration, to the White House.
“I want to congratulate you on having done a fantastic job, general, and we look forward to, if it’s possible, an even better job as chief of staff,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Kelly is replacing Reince Priebus, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, who submitted his resignation Thursday under pressure from the president.
The president praised Mr. Kelly’s performance at DHS.
“What he’s done in terms of Homeland Security is record-shattering,” Mr. Trump said. “With a very controversial
Responding to a reporter’s question, Mr. Trump said his administration has done “very well” in the first six months, particularly on the economy.
“The stock market is the highest it’s ever been, unemployment [is] lowest in 17 years, companies are doing tremendously well,” he said. “Business spirit is the highest it’s ever been, according to polls. We have a tremendous base, a tremendous group of support.”
Mr. Trump said “the country is optimistic, and I think the general will just add to it. We will proceed, and we will keep going. We have a fantastic leader, chief of staff, who’s going to do a really great job.”