Photo of Scaramucci, Priebus in Oval Office lights up social media

31 July, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Open warfare has erupted inside President Donald Trump's inner circle as his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, attacked senior White House colleagues in obscene comments.

"He has been a true star of my administration", the president tweeted Friday, announcing that his current secretary of homeland security was in, and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus was out.

"The president wanted to go in a different direction", he told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, adding that he thought Gen Kelly was "a brilliant pick".

Kelly, a former U.S. Marine Corps general, was called a "Great American and a Great Leader" by Trump.

From the moment Trump became president on January 20, Priebus was the source of near-constant speculation about how long he would last in a White House riven by warring factions.

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

White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino, left, walks with former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as they step off Air Force One as they arrives Friday, July 28, 2017, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. That brought Trump and Priebus close, but it was never a natural fit - the mild-mannered, careful former Wisconsin Republican Party leader with the Midwestern accent, once critically described as the "nebbish's nebbish", and the flashy, cavalier NY billionaire.

El secretario general de la Casa Blanca Reince Priebus habla con algunas personas en el Salón Este de la residencia presidencial, el 26 de julio de 2017.


Trump's announcement that he had replaced Priebus with Kelly came just moments after news broke that Scaramucci's wife, Deidre, has filed for divorce, allegedly due to his "naked political ambition", according to the New York Post.

Trump's first White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, resigned last week with the news that Scaramucci was being brought on as communications director.

He also compared his relationship with Priebus to biblical brothers Cain and Abel, though he did not specify which of them in his Biblical metaphor represented the brother who killed the other.

Priebus is being replaced by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Scaramucci responded on Twitter after Lizza's piece was published was published, saying he will "refrain" from using colorful language "in this arena" and that he made the made the mistake of trusting a reporter. I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success. Another ally, Katie Walsh, left the White House in the spring. "I think it's time to hit the reset button", Priebus said in a televised interview from the White House. His departure comes after Trump lost a major legislative battle early Friday when the Senate failed to pass legislation repealing Obamacare.

The drama was the latest sign of disarray within the Trump White House even as it tries to advance healthcare and tax reform legislation. Yet, just days after taking office, Kelly had to lead the agency as it dealt with the chaos and confusion that ensued at airports in the US and around the world. He defended the orders to reporters and lawmakers and insisted he indeed had been part of the decision-making process.

Pence also congratulated Kelly, writing, "I know you will do a great job!"

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