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Kasich: Turnovers Hamper Trump Agenda  08/20 11:45

   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)

 
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