July 28, 2017

5:51 PM
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sent this statement to the pool just now:

“General John Kelly is one of the true stars of the Administration. He has helped seal the border and reduced illegal immigration by 70%. He is respected by everyone, especially the people at the Department of Homeland Security.
The entire Administration loves him and no one is comparable.
He will begin on Monday morning and a cabinet meeting will follow his swearing in Monday morning.

The President thanks Reince Priebus for his service. They accomplished a lot together. He was loyal in his dedication to the President. The President thanks him and his family for his great service to the country, and he will always be a member of the Trump Team.”

6:22 PM

Sarah Sanders relayed to the pool this statement from Reince Priebus:
Statement From Reince Priebus

It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve this President and our country.  I want to thank the President for giving me this very special opportunity.  I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President's agenda and policies.  I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success.

July 31, 2017


Oval Office

9:34 A.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT:  We just swore in General Kelly.  He will do a spectacular job, I have no doubt, as Chief of Staff.  What he's done in terms of Homeland Security is record-shattering -- if you look at the border, you look at the tremendous results we've had, and you look at the spirit.  And with a very controversial situation, there's been very little controversy -- which is pretty amazing by itself. 
     So 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.
     GENERAL KELLY:  I'll try, sir.
     THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  We'll see you in the boardroom.  We're having a Cabinet meeting.
     Q    Mr. President, how do you expect things will be different under General Kelly's tenure?
     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, I think we've done very well.  We've done very well.  Lots of records.  Lots of records created, John. 
If you look at stock markets -- the highest it's ever been.  Unemployment -- lowest in 17 years.  Companies are doing tremendously well.  Business spirit is the highest it's ever been according to polls -- if you look at the polls -- the highest it's ever been in the history of these polls. 
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 would just add to it.  But the country is doing very well.  Strongest stock market ever.  On Friday, we hit the highest in the history of the stock market.  Business is very enthusiastic.  And we will proceed and we will keep going. 
But we have a fantastic leader, Chief of Staff.  He's going to do a really great job.
     Thank you very much.  We'll see you in the boardroom.
                             END                9:36 A.M. EDT


Cabinet Room 

10:07 A.M. EDT
     THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning.  This is our first Cabinet meeting with General Kelly.  He will be Chief of Staff, as you know.  We all know him, we respect him, admire what he’s done.  And at Homeland, what he has done has been nothing short of miraculous.  As you know, the border was a tremendous problem and they’re close to 80 percent stoppage.  And even the President of Mexico called me -- they said their southern border, very few people are coming because they know they’re not going to get through our border, which is the ultimate compliment.
     So I just want to congratulate him on the great job he’s done with Homeland Security, and I have no doubt that he will be an absolutely superb Chief of Staff. 
We were discussing a little while ago, before the meeting, how well we’re doing, however.  We have the highest stock market in history.  We have a GDP, on Friday -- it got very little mention, although I guess in the business areas it did.  But it got, I think, very little mention.  2.6 is a number that nobody thought they’d see for a long period of time.  Remember, I was saying we will hit three at some point in the not-too-distant future, and everybody smiled and they laughed and they thought we’d be at one.  And 2.6 is an unbelievable number, announced on Friday.
Unemployment is the lowest it's been in 17 years.  Business enthusiasm is about as high as they’ve ever seen it.  In fact, it is as high -- the highest point in 28 years according to a certain graph and a certain chart.  The manufacturers are -- the enthusiasm level is incredible.  We have a lot of tremendous things going.  We have some interesting situations that we’ll handle:  North Korea, Middle East, lots of problems that we inherited from previous administrations.  But we’ll take care of them.  We’ll take care of them very well.
But, overall, I think we’re doing incredibly well.  The economy is doing incredibly well, and many other things.  So we’re starting from a really good base.  I predict that General Kelly will go down, in terms of the position of Chief of Staff, one of the great ever.  And we’re going to have a good time, but, much more importantly, we’re going to work hard and we’re going to make America great again. 
It’s all about making America great again.  That’s what we’re going to do.  That’s what I said.  That’s how we won this big election.  And that’s what we’re in the process of doing and continuing. 
And, General, it’s really great to have you on board, and thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you. 
Thank you very much, everybody.
Q    Mr. President, what can you do about North Korea?
THE PRESIDENT:  We’ll handle North Korea.  We’re going to be able to handle them.  It will be handled.  We handle everything.  Thank you very much.
                        END                10:10 A.M. EDT      

Statement from the Press Secretary

Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director.  Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.  We wish him all the best.