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  • President Donald Trump hit back against reports his
    mood has soured after Democrats took control of the House in
    the midterms.

  • Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Fox
    News Sunday, Trump told host Chris Wallace that his mood
    was very “light,” despite a report that said he had retreated
    into a “cocoon of bitterness and resentment.”


  • Trump also dismissed reports there were staff
    changes coming before saying he was considering up to five
    Cabinet positions. 

President Donald Trump hit back against recent
reports
that his mood was soured and his administration in
chaos after the midterm elections. 

Speaking in a wide-ranging “Fox News Sunday” interview,
Trump said

 his mood was “very light” and
dismissed reports he was unhappy with the press coverage that
suggested he was dissatisfied Democratic success in the
midterms. 

After host Chris Wallace asked about a Los Angeles
Times report that described Trump as
occupying a “cocoon of bitterness and resentment,” desperate
to assign blame for Republican losses, Trump insisted that he was
“upbeat” and that the administration was largely
stable. 


“I’m extremely upbeat 
and the White
House is running 

like a well-oiled machine,” Trump said.

It’s doing really well. 
I have great
people. 

I will make some changes, but 
not very
many. 

I’m very happy with my cabinet.” 

After Trump abruptly requested
Attorney General Jeff
Sessions
‘ resignation a day after the midterms, multiple
reports
 suggested that Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Chief of
Staff John Kelly were up next for departures.

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After railing against the
“disgusting fake news” that reported the potential staff shakeup
“like it’s fiction,” Trump said he was considering up to five
Cabinet changes. 

“I have three or four or five
positions that I’m thinking about,” Trump said. “Of that, maybe
it’s going to end up being two. But I need
flexibility.” 

The president’s statements on Fox
mirror a tweet he posted last week, which insisted reports of
personnel changes were dramatic and the White House was running
so smoothly that America was “the envy of the
world
.” 

Trump insisted that he likes and
respects Nielsen, but wished she handled the relationship between
the US and Mexico differently, which has been identified as a
point of tension between the two. 

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

The president also pushed back on reports of a rift between
himself and John Kelly, most recently after Kelly’s
office had neglected personnel requests from first lady Melania
Trump’s office. 

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

Trump then admitted Kelly would most likely not be with the
administration for the 2020 election. 

“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.”

 

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