New White House chief of staff praised by Donald Trump - for avoiding controversy

Donald Trump praises new chief of staff for previously avoiding controversy

John Kelly was praised by Donald Trump

Monday, July 31, 2017

Donald Trump has already praised his new chief of staff John Kelly - for his ability to avoid controversy.

The US President swore in Kelly today (July 31). The retired Marine Corps general is replacing Reince Priebus, according to Reuters.

Trump praised him for avoiding controversy whilst working at the Department of Homeland Security on border security matters.

He also gave credit to Kelly for overseeing a reduction in the number of people crossing the southern US border illegally, as well as the travel ban being implemented.

Trump said: "He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as chief of staff.

"With a very controversial situation, there’s been very little controversy, which is really amazing by itself."

Reporters asked the President what Kelly will do differently in the White House, which has itself been surrounded by controversy during recent weeks.

However, Trump responded: "We’re doing very well, we have a tremendous base, we have a tremendous group of support.

"The country is optimistic, and I think the general will just add to it."