President Donald Trump said he is “very comfortable” with his senior White House staffers, even though he has not yet spoken with every one of them, according to multiple administration officials who spoke to Reuters on the condition of anonymity.
“I have the greatest respect for everybody, the most respect for every one,” Trump said.
“I think the only people that can really have a voice in the White House is the president and his staff.”
Trump’s comments come after he spoke to reporters last week and said he had no regrets about hiring or firing his top advisers.
Trump, a former reality TV star who served as his chief executive officer, has said his focus is on rebuilding the economy, jobs and the nation’s reputation.
The White House said the president will remain in the role for about two months to make sure his administration is staffed and functioning.
The comments come as the Senate prepares to vote on the first big legislative overhaul of the nation and as Republicans seek to replace former President Barack Obama in November.
Trump is expected to call for a short recess on Tuesday to discuss the next steps for his presidency and is expected at a later date to address his party in a more formal setting.
“I think this is a very positive sign that we’re moving toward a much better process for us to get things done,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat.
“This is an important step to get the White Houses back on track.”
The president has not held a press conference since January and is not scheduled to meet with the media again until Tuesday, a White House official said.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
On Wednesday, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner met privately with Senate Republicans and Democrats, in a meeting in the Capitol Rotunda.
Kushner said he was in a good mood and enjoyed talking with the Republican senators and Democrats.
“They’re all great people,” he said.