Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS' Kelly WH chief of staff

Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS' Kelly WH chief of staff

Trump pushes out Priebus, names DHS' Kelly WH chief of staff

Trump has previously lost a deputy chief of staff, national security adviser, communications director and press secretary.

A tweet issued by U.S. President Donald Trump in 2012 in which he criticized Barack Obama for having three chiefs of staff in under three years was trending again on Friday, the same day it emerged that he was on to his second chief of staff in about six months.

Priebus says he offered his resignation after Trump indicated he wanted to go in a different direction.

One outside Trump adviser said that the president is drawn to the discipline that Kelly and his other advisers who are former military officers bring to their roles.

Priebus, the former Republican National Committee head, had been a frequent target of rumors about his job security amid infighting and confusion within the White House and a long whisper campaign by Trump allies.

Trump on Twitter wrote, "I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff".

The president often throws out names casually in conversation that end up going nowhere, and there is no indication that anyone has been approached about the job.

Secretary Kelly has earned respect and admiration from both sides of the aisle and will be a tremendous asset to the President as Chief of Staff.

Priebus' ally from the RNC, Press Secretary Sean Spicer, resigned after Scaramucci was hired. In a highly unusual arrangement, he said Priebus and chief strategist Steve Bannon would serve as "equal partners" in implementing his agenda.

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Minutes later, the president tweeted "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country". On-the-job humiliation is often part of the deal in Trump's White House, as Priebus well knows.

The newly appointed communications director took dead aim at the chief of staff online and on-air this week, calling him a "paranoid schizophrenic".

Kelly was the fifth person to lead the Department of Homeland Security, which includes agencies that protect the president, respond to disasters, enforce immigration laws, protect the nation's coastlines and secure air travel.

In a June interview with CNN, Kelly said that call from Trump's transition team about joining the administration came out of the blue, and he turned to his wife to get her thoughts.

But it was the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci to communications director last Friday that set off Priebus' final unraveling.

He had ties to key members of the Republican Party, like House Speaker and fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan, but his support base within the White House is believed to have eroded in recent weeks.

Priebus' exit indicates the full decline in the White House of the RNC-led Washington contingent.

"We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!" he tweeted. But the tornado of Trump only got stronger, and no amount of plywood and nails would keep the house in order.

His managerial skills will be sorely tested, however, by a White House staff that has been wracked by internal strife.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to publicly decry his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, tweeting this week that Sessions is "beleaguered". People close to Trump had largely blamed the chief of staff for the White House's troubles in Congress, where the president has yet to secure a major legislative victory.

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