Kasich: Turnovers Hamper Trump Agenda

Kasich: Turnovers Hamper Trump Agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop the staff chaos at the White House and "settle it down."

Strategist Steve Bannon last week became the latest top White House official to be shown the door. In seven months in office, Trump has dismissed a national security adviser, a chief of staff, two communications directors and a press secretary, among others.

Kasich is among those who fear the staff churn is hampering Trump's ability to notch a major legislative victory. He voiced his concerns on CNN's "State of the Union."

"You can't keep putting new people in the lineup and think you're going to win a world championship," said Kasich, who challenged Trump for the GOP presidential nomination and refused to endorse him in the general election.

Trump spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Bannon and chief of staff John Kelly, a retired Marine general, had agreed that Friday would be Bannon's last day. David Bossie, a former deputy campaign manager in Trump's successful bid for the presidency, said Bannon wanted to "give the general an opportunity to have a clean slate."

Bannon repeatedly clashed with other top advisers, most notably Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner. But Bossie dismissed concerns that divisions within the White House staff were hurting Trump's ability to get his priorities passed.

"In every presidency there are factions. There's no difference here," Bossie said on "Fox News Sunday."

Instead, Bossie pinned the lack of a health care victory on GOP leaders in Congress. He said he agrees that House and Senate leadership have not bought into the president's agenda, and he claimed that House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owe their positions to the "issues President Trump won on."

"No one is saying the president is not leading. There's a lack of leadership on one side of Pennsylvania Avenue," Bossie said.

(KA)