Trump appoints General John Kelly as chief of staff, Reince Priebus out

Ivan Pentchoukov
By Ivan Pentchoukov
July 28, 2017Politicsshare
Trump appoints General John Kelly as chief of staff, Reince Priebus out
U.S. President Donald Trump congratulates White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus during a swearing in ceremony for senior staff at the White House in Washington, DC January 22, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

President Donald Trump announced the appointment of John Kelly as the White House chief of staff on Friday, ousting Reince Priebus.

“I am pleased to inform you that I have just named General/Secretary John F Kelly as White House Chief of Staff. He is a Great Americanand a Great Leader. John has also done a spectacular job at Homeland Security. He has been a true star of my Administration.,” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The announcement comes on the heels of warnings of a major shake up in White House staff from the White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. In an interview with New Yorker, Scaramucci believed that Priebus was the source of some of the many White House leaks.

Reince Priebus arrives at Joint Base Andrews from a trip to Ronkonkoma, New York with U.S. President Donald Trump in Clinton, Maryland, U.S., July 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
Reince Priebus arrives at Joint Base Andrews from a trip to Ronkonkoma, New York with U.S. President Donald Trump in Clinton, Maryland, U.S., July 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

The ouster of Priebus follows that of press aide Michael Short, who resigned shortly after Scaramucci spoke about firing him over leaks earlier this week. Sean Spicer resigned from his post as the White House press secretary when Scaramucci was appointed to lead the communications team.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus walks to his car as White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and other staff members arrive with U.S. President Trump aboard Air Force One at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York, U.S. July 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus walks to his car as White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and other staff members arrive with U.S. President Trump aboard Air Force One at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, New York, U.S. July 28, 2017. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

When Trump won the election in 2016, Spicer and Priebus opposed the appointment of Scaramucci to the administration. Scaramucci had sold his company anticipating that he will join Trump’s administration.

Priebus was the chair of the Republican National Committee before joining the Trump administration.

“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!” President Trump wrote in another message Friday.

President Trump appointed John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security on January 20, 2017. Kelly is a retired United States Marine Corps general who served in the armed forces for more than 45 years.

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