This is where Kelly comes in: a military man tasked with getting a chaotic White House back on track. He exercised his influence on his first day on the job, with the resignation of White House communications director and Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci just days after his hiring.
Sources in the White House told ABC News that Scaramucci offered his resignation Monday morning to Kelly, with a request to be redeployed as chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank, to allow Kelly to assert his leadership in the West Wing.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that Kelly “has the full authority to operate within the White House, and all staff will report to him.”
“He understands the Congress very well,” Gingrich told ABC News, recalling Kelly’s experience as Marine liaison to the House of Representatives in the late 1990s, when Gingrich led the chamber. “Kelly brings order and effectiveness to White House operations ... It is a deliberate change.”
A former Trump campaign adviser describes the current state of the GOP as a problem of elected officials not evolving as Trump has morphed the party.
“The establishment doesn’t have anything to fear from Donald Trump, but they should fear the electorate who doesn’t feel like they’re listening to them,” the former adviser said.
“This is a problem in the White House as well. They need someone who can craft some victories to put two or three wins under our belt,” the former adviser added, describing the current White House legislative strategy as “naive,” unfocused” and “stupid.”
Gingrich predicts the shakeup could spur Trump to reach out more to Democrats, though it's unclear whether any will be receptive.
“Trump will be forced to be more bipartisan for a range of issues, but his base will remain Republican, and the overwhelming bulk of his initiatives will be unacceptable to the left,” Gingrich said.
Deepening the divide between the president and his own party have been his recent attacks on his GOP Senators, with Trump recently calling them “total quitters” if they don’t hold another vote on health care reform. He has even resorted to taunting them, saying, “They look like fools and are just wasting time.”
Vice President Mike Pence, who remains close with many conservative members of Congress, has often had to act as an intermediary between Trump and the Republican establishment — evident most recently in his efforts lobbying House and Senate members on health care. Republicans on Capitol Hill are hopeful that Kelly’s discipline will bring focus to Trump’s legislative agenda.
He added, "Discipline is what I’m looking for.”
In recent months, Trump’s family members, including his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, have met with the Republican National Committee to discuss political strategy.
It’s no question Donald Trump Sr.’s relationship with the RNC has had its share of ups and downs, but the relationship mostly mended after he won the nomination and then the presidency, largely because of the RNC’s ground operation.
It will be a test for Kelly as he seeks to manage the internal crises in the White House while working to assure and maintain support of establishment figures before the 2018 and 2020 elections.