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ROUNDS: Results trump stability at the White House

PIERRE -- U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds confirmed what most people already knew: President Donald Trump's management style is nothing like the White House has ever seen before.

U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds attends an event in 2017 at Dakotafest in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)
U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds attends an event in 2017 at Dakotafest in Mitchell. (Republic file photo)

PIERRE - U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds confirmed what most people already knew: President Donald Trump's management style is nothing like the White House has ever seen before.

But Rounds isn't unhappy with what's become a revolving door of staff at the White House, although he acknowledged there's value to stability.

"It's not the style that most leaders that I know would use, and you know, I think there's something to be said for stability in your cabinet," Rounds said in a call with reporters Thursday. "Clearly that's not his style, and I'm not going to second-guess him on it."

This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson became another in a long line of casualties of the Trump administration. Tillerson's firing follows a laundry list of resignations that include former Director of the National Economic Council Gary Cohn, then-White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, one-time Press Secretary Sean Spicer, former FBI Director James Comey and many more.

But Rounds said Trump's results speak for themselves.

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The South Dakota Republican pointed to December's tax reform package, the elimination of "more than 2,000" federal regulations and his re-doing of the judicial system to fill judgeships with more conservative judges as some of the successes of the Trump administration.

"Those types of things, I think, speak very well about actually getting some results," Rounds said. "I think the style that he's used has been different than anybody else ever has."

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