Priebus Allies: White House Chaos 'Unsustainable,' Trump 'Demeaned' Him

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 30, 2017

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Friday that he's replacing the former Republican Party chairman with the secretary of homeland security, John Kelly.

Priebus' hold on the White House job has always been in question, more so this week after Trump's new communications director badmouthed him to a reporter for the New Yorker.

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.

Kelly is a retired Marine four-star general though he has little experience in civilian government or the legislative process.

Shortly before the president deplaned, Priebus' black SUV pulled away, leaving the rest of the motorcade, including the president's vehicle, in the distance.

Scaramucci calling up Ryan Lizza to complain about his colleagues is a sign of strength to Trump.

After Scaramucci was named communications director last week against Priebus' vehement objections, White House officials widely believed that Priebus's position had become more imperiled. He added that he agreed the White House might well benefit from "a reset", and he said, "I'm always going to be a Trump fan".

The difference now, he said, is that Trump has created a faction-driven White House, noting: "I just think he has too many independent power centers and not enough team players".

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

Both Scaramucci and Priebus traveled to New York's Long Island with Trump on Friday for a speech in which the president highlighted efforts to crack down on the gang MS-13.

The announcement of Priebus's departure came after three Republican senators defied White House pressure to vote against health care reforms, which experts predicted would have left millions more Americans without coverage.

"Reince is a good man. John Kelly will do a fantastic job". General Kelly has been a star, done an incredible job thus far, respected by everybody.

Priebus' term ends in fewer than 200 days, the shortest tenure for any president's first White House chief of staff since the post was formally established in 1946. He had hoped to stay on at least a year but struggled to manage his unpredictable boss and was unable to get a handle on conflicting factions in the White House who have frequently squabbled.

In a statement, Priebus said it had been one of the great honors of his life to serve Trump and the country.

"I will continue to serve as a strong supporter of the president's agenda and policies", he said. "I can't think of a better person than General John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success", he said.

Trump loyalists had chafed at Priebus, feeling he had installed his RNC allies at the White House and overlooked the people close to Trump who helped get him elected president in November. "He has achieved so much, and he has done it all with class".

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