Priebus counsels White House staff to ignore ‘distractions’

Former White House chief of staff Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard Priebus ACLU: Trump nondisclosure agreements for White House staffers are 'unconstitutional' Trump required staff to sign nondisclosure agreements that last past his presidency: report Scaramucci signs book deal on 'The Blue Collar President': report MORE during an interview on Sunday counseled Trump administration staffers to ignore “distractions” after a week of upheaval.

“I think what the staff has to do is focus in on the results,” Priebus said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think what the president does is, and he writes about it even in his own books, is he puts rivals around him intellectually," he said. "You have people like [Commerce Secretary] Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossOvernight Regulation: Facebook faces new crisis over Cambridge Analytica data | Whistleblower gets record SEC payout | Self-driving Uber car kills pedestrian | Trump bans trading in Venezuelan cryptocurrency Manufacturing group launches ad campaign against tariffs Week ahead: Lawmakers scramble to avoid another shutdown MORE … and [National Economic Council Director] Gary Cohn. And he puts those two guys in front of him and says, ‘OK, fight out tariffs in front of me.' "

"And they fight it out, and the media covers the fight. But, ultimately, the decision is made," he added. 


"Look at the economy, look at [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria], look at the courts," Priebus, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said. "The decisions and the things that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLieu: There will be 'widespread civil unrest' if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE has done have put him on a great course. If you’re a Republican, you couldn’t be happier."

His comments follow a week during which White House communications director Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksHicks almost left WH months before she announced her resignation: report Kelly tells White House staff no more personnel changes coming Trump told advisers Kelly's job is '100% safe': report MORE announced her departure; damaging stories about senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump adds to legal team after attacks on Mueller Overnight Finance: Congress races to finish .2T funding bill | What to look for in omnibus | AT&T merger trial kicks off | Stocks fall on tech troubles | Trump targets Venezuelan cryptocurrency | Record SEC whistleblower payout Email service: White House staffer was a 'password idiot' MORE were published; President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum, pitting key aides against one another; and the president’s tone vacillated on gun control.

Trump also targeted Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAttorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Holder: Sessions needs to 'have the guts' to say no to Trump Trump adds to legal team after attacks on Mueller MORE on Twitter, and the White House had to deny reports that national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Cohn planned to leave the administration.