Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus

Saul Bowman
July 31, 2017

Kelly, 67, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, is now secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and will assume the chief of staff post on Monday.

Announcing the switch via Twitter, Trump called retired Marine Corps general Kelly a "great American".

With Kelly being named Chief of Staff, the President will have to find a replacement for the head of Homeland Security, which will need Senate confirmation.

In April, Kelly bluntly challenged members of Congress critical of the Trump administration's aggressive approach to immigration enforcement to either change the laws or "shut up".

In a typical White House, most staffers, including the communications director, report to the chief of staff.

Priebus' departure comes one week after former White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned, shortly after the announcement that Scaramucci would be joining the administration.

Priebus also was blamed by some within the White House for the failure of the Republican health care plan, with some Trump allies believing that Priebus' longtime relationships with Republicans on Capitol Hill should have ensured the bill's passage.

Reince Priebus was once ordered by President Trump to rush into the Oval Office and exterminate a fly, a report said. Kelly's own statements, like his suggestion the U.S. could separate women and children who cross the border illegally, as well as his role in building Trump's border wall, have also attracted ire on both sides of the border.


General John Kelly is a remarkable Marine who has served his country his entire life. Over the last few weeks, Trump has expressed frustration over the White House leaks.

"I want to congratulate John Kelly, who has done an incredible job of secretary of homeland security", Trump said.

Kelly is now the secretary of Homeland Security. "He will begin on Monday morning and a cabinet meeting will follow his swearing in", Sanders said.

"However, when I put out a tweet, I put Reince's name in a tweet, they make the assumption it's him because journalists know who the leakers are". Anna and I are proud to call him and his wife, Karen, friends.

Scaramucci in subsequent television interviews said he wasn't sure if his spat with Priebus over leaks "is reparable or not, that will be up to the president". The "birther movement" that accused President Barack Obama of having a fraudulent birth certificate played a large role in growing Trump's name recognition across the country, especially in conservative corners. I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the president's agenda and policies. "A President has a right to hit a reset button". "He has served the president and the American people capably and passionately", said Ryan.

Time will tell whether Kelly's selection as chief of staff is a step in that direction ...

Kelly said he gets "occasional letters from Gold Star families who are asking, 'Was it worth it?' And I always go back with this: It doesn't matter". Asked what Priebus said during the flight, King repeated: "Good poker face, showed nothing". "With this in mind, the President is in good hands with Secretary Kelly". "To the tremendous men and women of DHS, I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary", he said.

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