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Trump Says No ‘Chaos!’ at White House but Continues Threats


President Trump met with the Cabinet at the White House on Monday.

Doug Mills/The New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Trump said that there is no chaos 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 series of tweets on Monday morning.

After a week of White House turmoil spilling into public view, Mr. Trump insisted there was “No WH chaos!” just an hour before he swore in a retired four-star Marine Corps general as his new chief of staff. He said the unemployment rate, at 4.4 percent, is the lowest in 17 years. (It was 4.3 percent in May, and 4.4 percent 10 years ago.)

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 in terms of 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 chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus, the former head of the Republican National Committee. Mr. Trump and Mr. Priebus never completely meshed in the Trump White House, where a typical chain of command has been leveled by family members and close advisers with equal access to the president and influence over policy.

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