Trump names John Kelly as new chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus

31 July, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that Gen. John Kelly is his new chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus.

'He is a Great American. and a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. "He has been a true star of my Administration", Trump tweeted.

And the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., seemed supportive of Scaramucci's quest to clamp down on leaks, saying Friday: "All I know is that he isn't/wasn't the leak!"

Mr Priebus said he had offered his resignation on Thursday and the president accepted.

He also addressed a question about Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House director of communications who disparaged Priebus in an R-rated interview with The New Yorker and claimed he would be "asked to resign very shortly".

Mr Priebus' already tense relationship with Mr Scaramucci took a darker turn over the past two days when the communications chief suggested in a late-night tweet that Mr Priebus was one of the "leakers" Mr Trump has railed against.

Trump appointed Kelly, a retired Marine general, to secretary of Homeland Security on December 7, 2016 and he was confirmed on January, 20, 2017 the first day of Trump's administration.


"One friend said Priebus told him he was frustrated that he could not assert control over basic White House functions", the Post reports. I think it's time to hit the reset button.

She worked in the White House under former President George W. Bush, serving as a special assistant to the president for prevention, preparedness, and response on the White House Homeland Security Council.

While at homeland security, Kelly has presided over a crackdown on illegal migrants and a more aggressive posture for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Reince Preibus told CNN Trump had wanted to go in a "different direction" after a turbulent six-month tenure. And Scaramucci's White House arrival also helped usher in the departure of embattled Press Secretary Sean Spicer, a longtime Priebus ally.

That status, as part of what the military calls a Gold Star family, puts him in the administration of a presidential candidate who verbally attacked a Gold Star family: the Khans, Muslim-American immigrants who lost a son in Iraq and had criticized Trump at the Democratic National Convention.

However, Mr Kelly has not always appeared to be on the same page as Mr Trump, publicly questioning the need for a full border wall with Mexico and calling Russian Federation a threat to the USA as the President has tried to develop friendlier relations with Moscow. I'm going to honor the president everyday, I'm going to honor his agenda, and I'm going to honor the country.

Priebus, who had traveled with Trump to Long Island for an event on gang violence, was seated inside a Secret Service van on the tarmac when the message came down.

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