Trump Replaces Chief Of Staff Priebus With Retired General Kelly

Anthony Scaramucci Cancels Appearance At Pasadena's Politicon

The president took to Twitter on Friday evening to announce that his new chief of staff will be John F. Kelly, who is now serving as the Secretary of Homeland Security.

Trump made the announcement via Twitter.

He led the Southern Command, where he oversaw US military operations in South and Central America, including the southern border, and he formed a tough immigration stance. "John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security", Trump said in a series of tweets.

Keane said Kelly is the "superstar" of the president's Cabinet, and his "strength of personality" will likely curb some of the divisiveness in the administration, although he can not change the players' personalities.

Jason Miller - communications director for Trump's transition team who was named by the president-elect in December as White House communications director, said days later that he would not take the job.

In a third tweet, the President thanked Priebus for his service: "I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country. We accomplished a lot together and I am proud of him!"

Priebus served a scant 189 days as chief of staff, the shortest tenure in decades for someone in that post.

The replacement of Priebus comes just a week after Sean Spicer, a Priebus ally, resigned as press secretary the same day Trump brought on Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

In a written statement, Priebus said it has been one of the greatest honours of his life to serve the President and the country.

This is what Trump has always done - forming insular teams that he thinks will protect him and make him feel good about himself. "Professional people don't discuss private conversations in public".




Spicer got ahead of the game by quitting and Priebus apparently figured he could buy time.

Priebus praised Kelly in an interview shortly after his resignation was announced. "As for John Kelly, I know he's going to be great". Trump said of his outgoing chief of staff.

In the same interview, he also defended the president on Russian Federation, particularly a report that indicated White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner had proposed a secret communication channel with the Kremlin so that discussions before the inauguration could not be detected. She said it had nothing to do with Scaramucci. In a statement, Kelly said he was honoured to be asked to serve as the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States. "He has achieved so much, and he has done it all with class". "I congratulate Secretary Kelly on his appointment, and look forward to working with him to advance our agenda".

Kelly also commanded Marines during some of the most intense fighting during the Iraq war, in which two of his sons also served.

Walter Shaub - the head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, who clashed with Trump and his administration, stepped down in July before his five-year term was to end. Retired Gen. James Mattis is Trump's defense secretary, and Trump's first choice for national security adviser was retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn.

That nominee will have to be confirmed with at least 51 votes in the Senate.

After months of speculation about Priebus' fate, Trump tweeted his decision as he landed in Washington after a speech in NY in which he lavishly praised Kelly's performance at Homeland Security.

"I don't see any big issue here relative to Jared", Kelly said of the report, which Kushner also has since denied. I want to thank the President for giving me this very special opportunity.

In his six months at Homeland Security, Kelly has overseen ramped up immigration enforcement.

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