Trump considering changes at 'three or four or five' Cabinet positions

Trump considering changes at 'three or four or five' Cabinet positions
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE said Sunday he's considering making a change to as many as five Cabinet positions amid speculation that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenOvernight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions Coast Guard commandant confirms missed pay checks in letter to members White House announces reduced delegation to travel to Davos amid shutdown MORE and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE could depart imminently.

"I have three or four or five positions that I’m thinking about. Of that, maybe it’s going to end up being two. But I need flexibility," Trump said of Nielsen in an interview on "Fox News Sunday."

The president indicated he was disappointed with Nielsen's handling of the southern border, which has been a source of tension for the two.

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"I like her very much, I respect her very much, I’d like her to be much together on the border. Much tougher. Period," Trump said.

The president downplayed multiple reports of a rift between him and Kelly, but suggested that it's no longer a guarantee that the chief of staff will remain with the White House through the 2020 election.

"We get along well," Trump said of Kelly. "There are certain things I love what he does, and there are certain things I don’t like that he does that aren’t his strength."

"I haven’t even thought about John in terms of this," he added. "But John at some point is going to want to move on."

The president has repeatedly said he intends to make changes to his Cabinet following the midterm elections, though he has not provided details.

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