POTUS Donald Trump may be preparing to make major changes to his Cabinet and administration, according to hints he dropped during an interview with Fox News‘ Chris Wallace on Sunday.
In particular, the president responded to reports last week that he was considering replacing chief of staff and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly as well as Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
“I have three or four or five positions that I’m thinking about. Of that, maybe it’s going to end up being two. But I need flexibility,” Trump said.
“There are certain things I love what he does. And there are certain things that I don’t like that he does — that aren’t his strength,” Trump said of Kelly. “You know, he works so hard. He’s doing an excellent job in many ways. There are a couple of things where it’s just not his strength.”
Noting that he and Kelly “get along well,” he didn’t commit to keeping him on board until 2020, adding: “John, at some point, is going to want to move on. John will move on.”
As for Nielsen, the president says he wants her to be “tougher” on border issues.
“Well, I like her a lot. I respect her a lot,” Trump said. “She’s very smart. I want her to get much tougher and we’ll see what happens there. But I want to be extremely tough. … I’d like her to be much tougher on the border — much tougher, period.”
POTUS also gave himself high marks.
“I think I’m doing a great job,” he said. “We have the best economy we’ve ever had. We’re doing really well. We would have been at war with North Korea if, let’s say, that administration continued forward. I would give myself — look, I hate to do it, but I will do it — I would give myself an A+, is that enough? Can I go higher than that?”
It isn’t clear if or when the president will make his Cabinet changes or who he’s looking at in terms of replacements. But changes are likely to come sooner rather than later.
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