President Donald Trump swears in new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was appointed after his embattled predecessor Reince Priebus resigned following a chaotic week at the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump's new chief of staff John Kelly was sworn in on Monday (July 31) amidst calls by Republicans for him to rein in the chaos within the White House. The retired Marine Corps general replaces his embattled predecessor, Reince Priebus, who resigned last week. Trump told reporters that Kelly would do a "spectacular job" and lauded Kelly's record in his previous role as Secretary of Homeland Security, calling it "record shattering". Trump also talked up what he said were his administration's achievements on the economy. "You look at stock market, it's the highest its ever been. Unemployment lowest in 17 years. Companies are doing tremendously well. Business spirit is the highest it's ever been according to the polls," said Trump. "The country is doing very well," he added. In his first six months in office, Trump has upended White House convention with a loose decision-making style and an open-door policy to his Oval Office for advisers, both internal and external. Infighting among his senior staff has become bitter and public. Trump announced Kelly would replace Priebus at the end of a particularly chaotic week that saw his first legislative effort - healthcare reform - fail in Congress.