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

One of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 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 ShulkinTrump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? It’s time to end the scare tactics and get to work for our veterans 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 CarsonHUD drafting rule to require carbon monoxide detectors in public housing Treasury offers new guidance on opportunity zones HUD chief Carson leaves Dem lawmaker exasperated with answer on LGBT protections 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 CohnTrump frustrated with aides who talked to Mueller Hillicon Valley: White House rejects Dem request for AT&T merger docs | Apple, Qualcomm end massive court fight | Ecuador says it faced 40M cyberattacks after Assange arrest | SpaceX wins NASA contract to fly craft into asteroid White House rejects House Dems' request for documents on AT&T-Time Warner merger MORE, Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonJuan Williams: The high price of working for Trump Graham jokes to Pompeo: You're the 'longest-serving member of the cabinet, right?' Trump moves to install loyalists MORE and personal lawyer John Dowd have also left recently.