WASHINGTON (CBSMiami) – Something of a fresh start for the Trump administration, recently embroiled in some internal turmoil.
Monday morning President swore in former Homeland Security Secretary General John Kelly as his new chief of staff.
“He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as chief of staff. From what he’s done in terms of homeland security is record shattering. You look at the border, you look at the tremendous results we’ve had and you look at the spirit,” said President Trump. “I want to congratulate you general, we look forward to, if it is even possible, an even better job as chief of staff.”
Kelly will have to help the president tackle healthcare. The president wants to push forward, despite the Republican plan being voted down in the Senate last week.
A new CBS News Nation Trackerpoll shows 47 percent of Americans favor a bipartisan plan to fix Obamacare rather than a full repeal. Sixty-two percent disapprove of the president’s handling of the issue.
“What we need to do is go through the normal process and produce a series of bills to fix the very real flaws in the Affordable Care Act,” said Sen Susan Collins, R-ME.
Kelly’s expertise as a general may be called on immediately as the Trump Administration grapples with how best to respond to North Korea’s most advanced missile test to date which analysts say could’ve reached as far as Los Angeles and Chicago.
Flexing its military might, the U.S. flew two B-1 bombers over the Korean Peninsula this weekend and successfully tested a missile defense system. U.S. lawmakers have voted to send Trump legislation that would impose new sanctions on North Korea. The United Nations Security Council has been struggling to agree on stiffer punishment.