By Josh Delk - 08-06-17 07:00 AM EDT
Mack McLarty, former White House chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, slammed the Trump administration Sunday, comparing its "chaos" to the drama in "telenovelas."
"President Trump needs to regroup. This White House really needs to not have these telenovelas," McLarty told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview that aired Sunday on AM 970 in New York.
"The President kind of thrives on chaos. It is one thing to do that in a campaign. This president... needs to pivot from the campaign to governing," he continued. "There's too much drama, there's way too much partisanship, and there's not enough focus on the people's business that is making this economy stronger and working for everybody."
McLarty's comments follow a tumultuous two weeks in the White House.
Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci in late July to serve as his new communications director. The decision led to the resignation of press secretary Sean Spicer and former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Priebus was replaced with head of Homeland Security General John Kelly, who asked Scaramucci to resign shortly thereafter.
McLarty offered Kelly advice Sunday, suggesting he work to "get a government in place."
"From a chief of staff's perspective what general Kelly needs to do, in my opinion, is get a government in place," McLarty said. "You have got to get your team on the field. The Trump Administration has not done that."
He also suggested more focus on a legislative agenda.
"You have got to get your legislative agenda, what you ran on, in place and accomplished," he said. "President Trump had a big setback when he could not get the Republican-controlled House and Senate to pass healthcare."
He added that Kelly is "a person of real accomplishment," and will do well in the position, jokingly describing it as "the chief javelin catcher."