Gingrich predicts ‘more orderly and disciplined’ White House with Kelly
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Former Speaker Newt GingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) praised President Trump's decision to appoint Homeland Security Secretary John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE as White House chief of staff on Friday, saying he predicts the White House will benefit from from the retired four-star Marine general.

"I predict the White House will become more orderly and disciplined – with clear lines of authority, serious planning and strong teamwork," Gingrich wrote in a Fox News op-ed.

"The person who may benefit most from this change is President Trump. He has worked with many smart, successful people in his remarkable career, but he has never worked this closely with someone as used to command, organization and dignified insistence on teamwork as Secretary Kelly," he continued.


The Trump ally and former GOP leader argued that if the two become a team, the Trump presidency "will become one of the most effective in our history." 

Gingrich's comments come as the White House recovers from a dramatic week that ended with Trump dismissing Reince Priebus as his chief of staff and appointing Kelly to the post.

Priebus' announced exit comes a day after communications director Anthony Scaramucci unloaded on him in the press, suggesting that the chief of staff was a leaker to media within the White House.

Scaramucci called Priebus a "f------ paranoid schizophrenic" during an on-the-record phone call with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza on Wednesday.

Priebus on Friday declined to directly respond to the attacks, saying he was focused on supporting Trump's agenda after leaving his White House post.