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ey were taking, and personally irritated Trump.

"The first 10 days there's a bit of learning the ropes for any incoming administ
ration," said Jason Miller, a former spokesman for Trump's presidential campaign
. "They're going to be finding their sea legs and getting everything nailed down
Privately, lobbyists, congressional staffers and other GOP political operatives
said they're dubious that an orderly White House is on the horizon.
"I just don't see how the leopard changes his spots," said one GOP operative, wh
o declined to be named because this person didn't want to appear to be rooting a
gainst the President. "He got to the job by drinking rocket fuel, and now people
are wondering if he can sit down and delegate and be a responsible executive."
Within the White House, Trump's team has been more intent on quashing stories ab
out turf wars and internal conflict than actually resolving them, said a top Rep
ublican close to the administration.
All eyes on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in battle over Trump's travel ban
All eyes on 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in battle over Trump's ban
This Republican, who spoke on condition of anonymity to frankly discuss internal
workings of the administration, said any suggestion that all conflicts between
Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon have been eliminated are mistaken.
And that doesn't much matter to Trump. He operates easily in tumultuous environm
ents. When disagreements arise, staffers tend to duke it out before they head to
the Oval Office, keeping most of the discord from Trump's view.
The turmoil surrounding Trump has often been ascribed to whichever aide has his
ear at the time. Priebus's style is more cautious; he cares about the details. B
annon favors disruptive action and isn't fazed by a little public outcry if it's
in pursuit of sweeping change.
But the reality is the frenzied pace -- and now the cycle of chaos to calm -- is
mostly driven by Trump, according to people close to him.
The President's priority was to move quickly to deliver on bold promises he made
on the campaign trail. When he saw the backlash over the travel ban, he aimed t
o correct the process by tapping Priebus to run point going forward.
It's a cyclical pattern that Republicans close to the White House predict will d
ominate at least the first year of his administration.
"We've been punked enough times," said one Republican operative in Washington, w
ho spoke anonymously because this person works with the White House. "The only t
hing that can change him is the weight of the office. And hopefully it begins to
weigh on him."
Trump may be largely immune to this kind of volatility, but everyone surrounding
him is not. A number of former campaign staffers are seeking job opportunities
within government agencies -- even as positions within the White House remain un
filled -- to distance themselves from the "West Wing circus," according to a per
son familiar with the situation.
White House moving quickly on executive actions
Still, a disorganized White House doesn't necessarily mean an unproductive one.
Trump has largely delivered action on issues he campaigned upon. He chose a cons
ervative Supreme Court justice from a list he had previously released. He pulled
out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, took steps to build a wall along the sout
hern border and attempted to press pause on refugee programs.
"I know there was a flap over the immigrants but, you see, that didn't play here
. There were no demonstrators at the Johnstown airport," said Rob Gleason, the f
ormer chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party. "People see it as protectin
g them."