Trump confidant: President is perplexed by reports of White House chaos

One of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's confidants said Sunday that the president is "perplexed" by reports of chaos in the White House, adding that more changes are expected soon.

“The president told me he is perplexed by all of these reports that there is chaos at the White House or mass staff changes,” Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, told ABC's "This Week."

“He told me that he thinks the White House is operating like a ‘smooth machine,’ his words.”

Ruddy, however, noted the president told him he will likely make some changes soon.

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“He did say that he is expecting to make one or two major changes to his government very soon and that is going to be it,” Ruddy said.

Ruddy said White House sources told him that Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinFormer Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE is likely to depart Trump's Cabinet “very soon.”

Shulkin has been in hot water in recent weeks following reports that he misused taxpayer money to pay for flights for his wife.

Ruddy also said that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson'Housing First' approach won't solve homelessness crisis Clarence Thomas blasts his Biden-led confirmation hearings: 'The idea was to get rid of me' Affordable housing crisis demands urgent, sustained action MORE will be staying.

Carson recently faced scrutiny following reports that the department had spent tens of thousands of dollars for a dining set for his office.

Trump said last Thursday he would replace national security adviser H.R. McMaster with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton.

Trump’s chief economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnGary Cohn says he's 'concerned' no one is left in White House to stand up to Trump Trump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs MORE, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonReport: Trump UK ambassador fired deputy for mentioning Obama in speech Overnight Defense: Ex-Navy secretary slams Trump in new op-ed | Impeachment tests Pompeo's ties with Trump | Mexican president rules out US 'intervention' against cartels Pompeo-Trump relationship tested by impeachment inquiry MORE and personal lawyer John Dowd have also left recently.