AP’s Pace: John Kelly as New Chief of Staff Shows that Trump ‘Recognizes He Needs a New Direction’
PACE: "Well, what I think it tells us, first, is that the president recognizes he needs a new direction. I do think that that’s an important step for this president because he is someone who very rarely admits that he has made a mistake or that things are not going as smoothly as he would like to portray. The challenges, though, for Kelly, are many. There is the challenge of getting a White House that thrives on in-fighting. The people who are in there are there, to some degree, because they want to promote their own interests. Those interests diverge often. And then the second challenge that he has, and we have seen other campaign chairmen, other advisors try to solve this, is to get Trump to be more disciplined. When the White House comes up with plans, when they come up with a messaging strategy for the week, it can be washed away with one 6:00 a.m. tweet. And if Kelly is not able to resolve that, we’re basically going to be dealing with a very similar situation come fall."