WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TODAY
THE TAKE with ABC News’ Rick Klein
This is one of those moments, in normal times, that would mark a strategic reset. These are not normal times. John Kelly assumes the role of White House chief of staff this morning, bringing his military and homeland security credentials to an institution that craves discipline and structure. This he might achieve. But while Kelly inherits the baggage of staff infighting and rivalries, mostly he inherits the man who still seems to relish the chaos. President Trump has escalated his wars on, well, everybody – friends and foes, loyalists and lobbyists, Democrats and Republicans, Congress and his own executive branch. Trump finds himself at the low point of his influence, and raging even at those who continue to demonstrate loyalty. It would be a natural time to end the soap opera and concentrate on governing. But Trump, as always, appears to enjoy the show.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“In the White House’s view, they can’t move on in the Senate….They should stay and work and figure out a way to solve this problem.” — OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to CNN’s Jake Tapper on whether the Senate should consider other votes beside health care.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
John Kelly is sworn in as the White House chief of staff at 9:30 a.m.
Following that, Trump leads his second full Cabinet meeting at 10 a.m.
President Trump will present the Medal of Honor to…