Jordan named chief
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regarding the senior staff or Cabinet,
he is keeping his own counsel."
The promotion of Jordan, who
engineered Carter's successful
presidential campaign and has been
considered his chief lieutenant, was the
first in an anticipated series of changes
expected to take place in the troubled
CARTER had told Cabinet members
and the White House senior staff
Tuesday that "Mr. Jordan will have
primary responsibility for insuring that
presidential decisions are carried out,"
Powell said Jordan will act in some
respects as a gate-keeper although
"obviously Cabinet members will
retain the right of access to the
IT WAS LEARNED that Carter
called in Patricia Roberts Harris, the
secretary of Housing and Urban
Development, for a 20-minute meeting
yesterday morning. She returned to the
White House yesterday afternoon.
It was believed Harris was given the
word on Carter's decision about her
future. Nothing was known of his
Powell called about 50 reporters into
his office yesterday afternoon to inform
them of the Jordan promotion, the first
move in Carter's high-level
reorganization. The promotion reflects
a gradual evolution, during which Jor-
dan's authority and responsibility have
been broadened "to a significant
degree," Powell said.
WHEN THE president was
inaugurated, he installed nine people as
members of his senior staff, with none
given outward responsibility over any
of the othrs.
This reflected to some degree con-
cern over abuses of power laid to
Richard M. Nixon's chief of staff, H. R.
Haldeman, but it also reportedly led to
inefficiencies and a lack of authority
that bogged Carter down in managerial
The development in which the 34
people at the top of the government of-
fered to quit left considerable confusion
throughout the White House and
bureaucracy and stunned the inter-
On foreign exchanges, the price of the
dollar plummeted and the cost of gold
Presidential adviser Hamilton Jordan waved to photographers as he walked
across the White House lawn yesterday.
for vihatever jungle you're in.
Europeans confused over
Carter staff shake-up
From The Associated Press "Circus Carter is on," said another
Commentators in Europe disagreed Norwegian newspaper, Verdens Gang.
yesterday on how to interpret the mass "It is a balance act without safety net.
offer of resignation by President Car- Presidential adviser Hamilton Jordan
ter's Cabinet. Some newspapers said it is the circus director ... The danger is
indicated a deep-rooted crisis and that the newly-awakened lion will fall
others said Carter was simply taking flat.
firm control of the government.
As the dollar plummeted on foreign WASHINGTON correspondents of
exchanges in a rush to unload unwanted London newspapers were divided as to
greenbacks, one.London money dealer whether Carter had requested the
responded to the news by saying, "It resignations and all underscored the
looks like they're deserting a sinking unprecedented character of the action.
ship." "A collective offer of resignation in
THE ANNOUNCEMENT by White the middle of an... administration
House Press Secretary Jody Powell appears unprecedented ..." said
that all Cabinet members had offered Jurek Martin, U.S. editor of London's
their resignations was headlined in respected Financial Times.
morning newspapers across Europe in The Washington correspondent of the
a display of confusion. conservative Daily Telegraph of Lon-
Many Europeans are unaccustomed don said Carter seemed to "be clearing
to the American presidential system, in the decks in readiness for the w
which Cabinet members serve at the presidential campaign."
pleasure of the president. The The official Soviet news agency Tass
resignation offers indicated Carter's also described the Cabinet action as a
own decision to conduct a staff result of economic problems. "Political
shakeup. observers believe the resignation of the
In Europe's parliamentary U.S. Cabinet has been caused in large
democracies, the resignation of all or measure by the grave difficulties en-
even a majority of Cabinet ministers countered by the administration in the
usually means the fall of the entire field of economy and is, in particular,
executive, connected with the aggravation of the
THE ."SENSATIONAL announ- energy crisis," Tass said.
cement from Washington reveals the IN ROTTERDAM, Netherlands the
gravity of the energy crisis," reported conservative daily NRC-Handelsblad,
the Socialist-oriented Italian made some predictions about the out-
newspaper, "La Repubblica." come of the resignation offers. It said
It is "an historic clean-out in the Energy Secretary James Schlesinger
White House" which "should give the and Treasury Secretary Michael
people a picture of Carter as the Blumenthal will not return in the
said the Oslo newspaper, Dagbladet.