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

Emilio Banks
July 31, 2017

Just hours earlier, the president had heaped praise on Kelly at an event in Long Island talking about the battle against the violent MS-13 gang.

Here is a guy from Kenosha, Wisconsin who revitalized the Republican National Committee and became White House chief of staff.

In an interview with CNN, Priebus said, "This is not like a situation where there's a lot of ill will feelings".

Priebus said only that the president "wanted to go in a different direction". "I'm on Team Trump".

"By putting Gen John Kelly in charge, Pres Trump is militarizing the White House & putting our executive branch in the hands of an extremist", Lee tweeted.

"He is a great American and a great leader".

"I want to congratulate John Kelly, who has done an incredible job of Secretary of Homeland Security". He has been a true star of my administration.

"I would like to thank Reince Priebus for his service and dedication to his country", Trump said.

"The president has the right to hit the reset button and I support him", Preibus told CNN.

He added of the retired Marine general: "John Kelly will do a fantastic job".

"I can't think of anyone better than a four star General John Kelly who is a good, decent, tough guy who is exactly the type of person the president needs".

Scaramucci has openly accused Priebus of leaking inside information to the press and threatened to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice to shore up the leaks.

More news: Trump names DHS Secretary new Chief of Staff, ousts Reince Priebus

The ouster of Reince Priebus, who said he resigned Thursday, caps a week of heightened infighting at the White House, where Priebus had been embroiled in a public feud with Trump's new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci was appointed the new White House Communication Director on July 21. He has served the president and the American people capably and passionately.

Michael Short - senior White House assistant press secretary, resigned on Tuesday.

Spicer's deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was quickly named the new White House Press Secretary. He has lobbed Twitter insults at Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently though Sessions is still in place.

"Reince Priebus has left it all out on the field, for our party and our country".

"Reince is a good man", Trump told reporters as he left the aircraft.

Priebus and Spicer had told the president they believed Scaramucci, a gregarious hedge fund manager and fund-raiser, lacked the political experience and organizational skills required to serve in the role of communications director. From day one, his power has been limited compared with past officials with his title.

US President Donald Trump with Reince Priebus.

His exit had quietly been in the works for weeks. But he decided on Kelly because he was impressed by the job he had done leading DHS and trusted him not to leak.

"Welp, it looks like someone's just been thrown under the Priebus", one Twitter user wrote.

Kelly's departure will leave an immediate vacancy at the department. Those orders have been stripped down by courts pending a Supreme Court review this fall.

However, Kelly has clashed with congressional Democrats in recent months because he has indicated that the Trump administration was unlikely to continue the Obama-era deferred action for childhood arrivals program that protects certain eligible youth from deportation if they were brought to the US illegally by their parents. 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.

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