Trump fires Priebus. names John Kelly as new chief of staff

Trump fires Priebus. names John Kelly as new chief of staff

Trump fires Priebus. names John Kelly as new chief of staff

President Trump on Friday ousted his White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and named his homeland security secretary, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, to replace him in a major shake-up for a West Wing beset by chaos and infighting.

Since entering the White House six months ago, Trump has parted company with his national security advisor, deputy national security advisor, Federal Bureau of Investigation director, press secretary, communications director, acting attorney general, deputy chief of staff and now chief of staff, a turnover of top officials that is unparalleled in United States political history. He's a great great American.

Moving from his job as secretary of homeland security, Kelly is gung-ho about a U.S. -Mexico border wall, once saying he wanted it up within two years.

Trump announced the move in a series of tweets a day after his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade.

Scaramucci took aim specifically at Priebus for leaking details about internal White House discussions and maneuvers. "We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him".

Kelly was born in Boston in 1950 and grew up in the Brighton neighborhood.

After months of speculation about Priebus's fate, Trump tweeted the decision just as he landed in Washington after an event in NY in which he lavishly praised Kelly's performance at Homeland Security. "To the tremendous men and women of DHS (Department of Homeland Security), I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your secretary", he said.

The motorcade reportedly dumped Priebus immediately after Trump's announcement, according to a pool report by Politico's Josh Gerstein.

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Sec. Kelly replaces Reince Priebus. General Kelly has been a star.

The Mooch has been given his own nickname in the White House - staffers refers to him as Trump's "Mini-Me", the New York Times reported.

Kelly is also well liked by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, who sees him as a stable presence with a low key personality.

Before accepting the position, Scaramucci served as the vice president and chief strategy officer at the Export-Import Bank, a position he held since June 19. Incredible. One of our real stars.

But Scaramucci, in a tweet Wednesday night, seemed to imply Priebus had leaked the form to make him look bad, or knew who did, and called for an FBI investigation. "When I said we were brothers from the podium, that's because we're rough on each other".

When pressed by Blitzer on why he resigned from the role, Priebus responded, "I'm not going to get into that personal stuff".

Priebus had worked against Scaramucci joining the administration when the NY hedge fund manager was first considered for an administration post and while the two attempted to put on a show of unity in Scaramucci's first days at the White House, it quickly became clear the two men would continue to be at odds with each other.

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