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Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus with general Kelly

31 July 2017

The way Priebus was removed "was kind of tawdry, awkward uncomfortable, unfair", said Card.

National security advisers and Federal Bureau of Investigation directors have come and gone too.

Priebus' departure was something White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci threatened in interviews with the New Yorker and CNN on Thursday.

An ongoing public fighting between Scaramucci and Priebus had dominated the headlines in recent days.

On Wednesday, Scaramucci went on an expletive-laden rant to a reporter in which he called Priebus a "paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac".

Priebus, who hails from Wisconsin and has deep ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan, had grown increasingly isolated in the White House, as past Republican National Committee colleagues and other allies have left or been pushed out. Billy Witz of the New York Times noted he was called off the team bus before the return trip to campus around 3 a.m. local time and informed of the program's decision.

John Kelly, US President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, is a retired Marine Corps general who had been serving as secretary of the enormous Department of Homeland Security after 45 years in uniform.

Priebus will be replaced by John Kelly, who now serves as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "He has been a true star of my administration", said the president.

A retired four-star Marine general, Mr Kelly served in the military for almost five decades.

As Secretary of Homeland Security, Kelly has played a key role in the border security of the Trump Administration.

Yet Kelly now walks into a White House where the president and his top staffers have been consumed by questions about the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation and an ongoing Justice Department inquiry into possible coordination between the campaign and Moscow.

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Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary under George W. Bush, said there are multiple ways to effectively run the White House.

SIEGEL: Just one point we might recall about General Kelly. But it was not an auspicious start as secretary of Homeland Security, frankly. The entire Administration loves him and no one is comparable.

The U.S. President had lost confidence in Priebus, privately questioning his competence after major legislative items failed to pass the U.S. Congress, a Trump confidant said.

"I don't think that is adding stability to the White House and right now the White House needs a lot stability".

Pete Rouse, who served as an interim chief of staff under President Barack Obama, has the shortest term at 104 days. I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the President's agenda and policies.

"I think bringing in a fresh face, I think bringing in fresh people, is a good thing", he said.

That announcement was tweeted out from Air Force One as Priebus was still waiting on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews after accompanying the President to Long Island, New York for an aggressive anti-gang speech.

"We didn't even know it". That left Priebus with the blame for numerous administration's legislative stumbles, including during the arduous attempts at passing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare - which Priebus had advised Trump to make his first legislative priority, promising him swift victory.

Priebus, a political operative and attorney, is expected to look for a corporate job or possibly write a book about his experience in the center of the Trump storm.

"He knows how to do this: with common sense and good leadership", said Kelly's longtime friend, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer frank opinions.

"I would just from that one interview but keep in mind I'm from Alabama", Brooks said.

Trump replaces chief of staff Priebus with general Kelly