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Zeldin: Kelly as Chief of Staff Adds Vital Leadership Role

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By    |   Monday, 31 Jul 2017 01:37 PM

New White House chief of staff John Kelly has already "flipped" the script on claims that the Trump administration's troubles won't stop until President Donald Trump changes some of his own methods, Rep. Lee Zeldin said Monday.

"I think the president respects Gen. Kelly," the New York Republican told CNN's "Newsroom" program. "I don't know of anyone who doesn't respect Gen. Kelly. From a personnel standpoint, he is someone with a tremendous amount of experience in building teams, developing individuals, identifying interests, core of discipline."

Kelly also understands the need for the "right leadership" in an organization, Zeldin said.

Last week, The Wall Street Journal editorial board ripped Trump and his decision to replace Reince Priebus as chief of staff, saying moving Kelly over from his post as Homeland Security secretary wouldn't change anything.

Kelly has changed that already, Zeldin said, as he will "be able to hit the ground running," but still, Trump won't change some qualities and aspects of his leadership style.

"It's going to be important for Gen. Kelly in this new capacity to make it all work," Zeldin continued. "There are people within the White House and other agencies and, you know, members of the media and the American public. A lot of people are set in their ways and you try to make it all work from a personnel standpoint."

Zeldin also discussed the growing situation on North Korea, saying the United States needs to continue trying to get China to exert a leadership effort, but he conceded what has been attempted so far by the current administration and the Obama administration is not working.

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"As we continue to brainstorm options for applying economic pressure on the North Koreans, utilizing multilateral diplomacy, every time you do an analysis of those options, I haven't come up with or heard of a scenario that doesn't apply to China," Zeldin said.

There is a red line, and using military strikes are a "last option," as "North Korea can never have the ability to deliver a nuclear warhead to the United States. Maybe you were a year and a half, three years away, I don't know how farther from that capability. We can't let them get there."

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New White House chief of staff John Kelly has already "flipped" the script on claims that the Trump administration's troubles won't stop until President Donald Trump changes some of his own methods, Rep. Lee Zeldin said Monday.
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