President Trump said that there is no disorder in his administration as his new chief of staff reports to the White House for his first day on the job, but he continued to threaten Congress that he would cut lawmakers’ health insurance plans in a progression of tweets on Monday morning.
Following seven days of White House turmoil spilling into general visibility, Mr. Trump demanded there was “No WH chaos!” only an hour before he swore in a resigned four-star Marine Corps general as his new head of staff. He said the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, is the least in 17 years.
Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2017
Mr. Trump’s new chief of staff, John Kelly, has been serving in the president’s cabinet as secretary of Homeland Security.
“What he’s done regarding Homeland Security is record-shattering,” Mr. Trump said after Mr. Kelly’s swearing in. Mr. Trump said he looks forward to an even better job — “if it’s possible” — as chief of staff. “The country is optimistic, and I think the general will just add to it,” Mr. Trump said.
Mr. Kelly is Mr. Trump’s second head of staff, replacing Reince Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Trump and Mr. Priebus never totally coincided in the Trump White House, where an average hierarchy of leadership has been leveled by relatives and close consultants with equal access to the president and influence over policy.
Mr. Trump likewise proceeded with his dangers to Congress in the wake of a fizzled push to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Over the weekend, Mr. Trump made similar warnings to lawmakers in tweets and pushed them to revive the seven-year effort that appeared to meet its end in the Senate during a dramatic vote early Friday morning.
At issue are two waiting debates including the Affordable Care Act. At the point when the health law went in 2010, it incorporated a Republican correction that powers individuals from Congress and their staff to buy their medical coverage on the law’s new online commercial centers. But unlike individuals purchasing their insurance on the exchanges, Capitol Hill customers would receive subsidies from their employer, the federal government, the way millions of other workers do who receive employer-sponsored health insurance.
Once in a while, conservatives such as former Senator David Vitter of Louisiana have pushed to end those sponsorships for individuals from Congress. Now Mr. Trump has picked up that cudgel.
In like manner, Mr. Trump is proceeding with his danger to slice off appropriations to medical coverage organizations that offer low-wage clients help in covering out-of-take medicinal costs, similar to deductibles and co-installments. His threats to end such payments have contributed to instability in the individual insurance market.