White House turmoil drags on as Trump and his party split on priorities

Courtney Goldsmith
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After a chaotic week filled with public infighting and a key legislative failure for Donald Trump's administration, the President has continued to distance himself from the Republican party.

Trump called on Republicans not to give up on healthcare reform after he lost a crucial vote last week.

Read more: Yet another healthcare failure for Trump as paranoia stalks the White House

Meanwhile, Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives said it was "critical" the party gets on with its stalled tax reform programme.

Republicans urged Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly, to restore order to the White House as questions emerge over its ability to pass legislation.

Karl Rove, a Republican strategist and former White House adviser to George W. Bush, today said Kelly will have to calm the drama, stop the leaks and bring in some discipline so Trump's administration can get things done.

Trump called Kelly in to replace Reince Priebus, who had been publicly attacked by Anthony Scaramucci, the White House's new director of communications.

Read more: Reince Priebus latest top Trump aide to go with tax plan now in focus

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